Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori)
Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
I have completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Waikato.
I am of Ngāi Tūhoe and Te Arawa descent. I was brought up by my grandparents, in Hamilton with Te Reo Māori as my first language and I have long stood with confidence in both te ao Māori and te ao Pākeha. I have a young son and both my partner and I are endeavouring to raise him with Te Reo Māori as his first language. I attended school in Hamilton at St Pauls Collegiate School from fourth form right through to seventh form where I was made a school prefect.
During my conjoint degree at the University of Waikato, I accepted an invitation to be a member of the International Golden Key Society for my academic achievements, and received a number of scholarships and grants including the TeachNZ scholarship and the prestigious Ngarimu VC 28th Māori Battalion Scholarship which saw me flown down to Wellington for a special awards ceremony in the Parliament House. I worked as a tuakana at the Ko Tuia wānanga, participated in Te Pua Wānanga o Te Arawa, and joined Mātike Mai Aotearoa - Independent Iwi Constitutional Working Group.
I kept active outside of the University to settle my body, mind and soul doing various activities such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, waka ama, volleyball, and parkour. I also have special interests in skydiving. I also enjoy dancing, the performing arts and above all else te reo and tikanga Māori.
I have chosen to become a teacher because I love to teach. I wish to build students' self-confidence, self-awareness and self-belief so that they can achieve anything they wish to do. I enjoy working with students to identify and pursue their passions, develop their talents and skillsets, and I enjoy helping them to develop strategies that they can put in place to achieve their goals in order to build a better world for themselves.
Once qualified, I want to return to my rohe to teach. My plan is to establish a school which embeds tikanga, reo and mātauranga Māori. It will also focus on self-sustainable living and life-skills, outdoor education and survival skills, and outdoor adventure sports. The school will target rangatahi Māori who are disengaged from formal education and encourage them to find their own path, to succeed and achieve in whatever they do. Kia tū rangatira rātau.