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Te Maiora Rūrehe

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

Te Reo Māori, Law

Key Info

Qualification(s):
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws
Subject(s):
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Law

Iwi:
Te Arawa, Tūhoe

Scholarship(s):
  • Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA)
  • Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Undergraduate Scholarship

What made you choose to study here?

The University of Waikato differs from other universities by having a large population of people who identify as Māori. This environment has meant that the transition from Rotorua Boys’ High School (70% Māori at the time) has been an easy one for me.

What’s your favourite subject and why?

I’m currently studying a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, and my favourite paper this year would have to be Māori 211. This was a Te Reo Māori course and, although I did attend a Kura Kaupapa, the focus around being grammatically correct meant that I learnt a lot.

What’s the most memorable moment of your degree so far?

My most memorable moment was being elected president of Te Whakahiapo. Although I didn’t officially start in the role until December 2018, the integration period has been one of learning and gaining more experience before fully taking over.

You’ve won the Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Undergraduate Scholarship. Tell us about that.

I started study in 2017 so I wasn’t able to receive the fees free first year. However, with the help of the scholarship I have no student loan as I put the money towards paying for that first year.

What do you love about studying at Waikato?

The inclusiveness - the strong connectivity between the students.

How have you changed in your time at Waikato?

I’ve matured. I’ve learnt how to manage finances, manage time more effectively through getting assignments in on time and learnt to be more responsible.

Your number one tip for making the most of uni life?

Be here for the kaupapa. People quite often don’t do well because they get caught up in the social side of things. Although the social life is part of the university experience, the overarching reason for university is study. So, do it.

How do you think you can make a difference through your studies?

Lawyers are catalysts for change as they can directly influence justice and how it’s administered. Using these skills, I want to take them back to my people and show them how to participate effectively within the system.

Looking back, are you glad you chose Waikato?

Yes. When I leave Waikato it will be with my degree in hand and ready to take on a masters.


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