Nikole Whareaitu - BEd (Tchg) Huarahi Māori

After working in the hospitality industry for 15 years, Nikole is finally pursuing her dreams of becoming a teacher.

Nikole Whareaitu
Nikole Whareaitu

“Juggling a family and study has been a real task but overall it has been a fabulous experience and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of studying in the future.”

“It has always been my dream to become a schoolteacher. After leaving school at an early age, working in the hospitality industry for 15 years, and having a family, I finally decided to pursue my dreams.

“Studying at the University of Auckland’s Tai Tokerau Campus ticked all the boxes for me. I liked the fact that I could stay in Whangārei while studying for my bachelors degree. The credibility of the University internationally is also a big plus. And the best part was being able to study in a Huarahi Māori environment.

“I love learning and opening my mind to new and old things. I enjoy being among other students who have new and exciting ideas to add to my way of thinking.

“At this stage, to gain my bachelors is my main objective. It is going to be fantastic to have it in my kete. I hope to gain full-time work as a primary teacher after I graduate. I’m also thinking about furthering my education in the future.”