Kellie Bennett - Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori

The Huarahi Māori specialisation is allowing Kellie to develop her te reo Māori, build strong relationships with classmates, and fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher.

“I decided to become a teacher as I wanted to share my knowledge and skills with tamariki. My mother was our Māori teacher when I was at school and this inspired me and as I grew older. I love living in my home area and being close to my whānau, so I pursued my goals at the University of Auckland’s Tai Tokerau Campus.

I’ve enjoyed building relationships with people who were once strangers but now I count them as whānau.

Kellie Bennett Tai Tokerau Campus

“I enjoy learning the language the most. It’s also fascinating to study the history and mauri of the Māori culture itself. The best part of working in a classroom environment is the different abilities and skills you can share and gain from your peers to strengthen your knowledge in a comfortable, safe environment.

“Thanks to the small class sizes, I’ve enjoyed building relationships with people who were once strangers but now I count them as whānau. Once I finish my Bachelor of Education (Teaching), I want to teach in a rural school in my local area, while continuing to learn and study.”

Interested in Tai Tokerau Campus?

Our Tai Tokerau Experience Evenings are the perfect chance to explore your study options at New Zealand’s leading university, right in the heart of Whangārei.