Lucy Matene - FCertTTM

The Foundation Certificate Tohu Tūāpapa Mātauranga empowered Lucy to pivot from hairdressing to primary teaching.

“I left school at 16 and started a hairdressing apprenticeship, but after nearly seven years in the industry I found myself wanting a more challenging and rewarding career.

“My mother, who is also a teacher, suggested that I do a foundation programme at the University of Auckland as I didn’t have university entrance. I thought this would give me a great opportunity to see what ‘uni life’ was about and if this was something I wanted to pursue.

“The Foundation Certificate Tohu Tūāpapa Mātauranga was life changing for me. I am Māori and have spent my entire life in Auckland removed from my Marae, tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori. Through the programme I was able to learn about my culture in a positive and nurturing environment and found confidence in knowing who I was and where I am from.

“I learned tools that have been invaluable in my current studies such as essay writing, how to use the library, referencing and note taking — all the things that made me very nervous as I contemplated study after time in the workforce.”

Lucy Matene (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Mutunga) completed a Foundation Certificate Tohu Tūāpapa Mātauranga and is now studying for a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary specialisation.

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