Bradley Arona-Waqanivavalagi Te Rarawa

Bradley says the connections he’s made – especially in the Maori Law Students Society – have been a highlight of his time at Auckland Law School.

Portrait of Bradley Arona-Waqanivavalagi Te Rarawa (Ngā Puhi, Te Arawa).
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies) conjoint student Bradley Arona-Waqanivavalagi Te Rarawa (Ngā Puhi, Te Arawa).

“I have always wanted to find a way to give back to my people, Māori and Pasifika, and that’s why I decided to study law.

"My goal is to practise as a lawyer in the Youth Court and Te Kooti Rangatahi so I can help young people who have had troubled upbringings, move forward and encourage them to lead better lives. Meeting new people has been a highlight of my studies.

"I have made so many friends, especially in Te Rākau Ture – the Māori Law Students’ Society. They have given law students such as myself, the opportunity to give to back to young Māori and speak to them about pursuing tertiary education.

"The connections you make during your time at Law School are extremely valuable. I like learning things that actually piqued my interest – such as the New Zealand legal system and how the law works.

"I’m looking forward to the rest of my Law degree and the opportunities that will open up once I graduate.”