Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Uri Taniwha
Mauri is enrolled in the Master of Education programme.
I want to be an example for all Māori and non-Māori students to show that there is significant value in your culture, history, knowledge, and language – both in life and in academia.
"I'm studying for a Master of Education and am in my 4th year on Epsom Campus. There's a lot of life at Auckland University, and it's diverse. It has been good to have my family with me throughout my studies. My family is a great support network, and they understand the complexities of postgraduate studies. My mother is completing her Master of Education, and my younger brother recently completed and graduated with his Master of Architecture."
"I feel like my culture is well recognised and celebrated at UoA, as are all other cultures. That reflects the drive for inclusivity and diversity here.
"My lecturers come from all Iwi in Aotearoa and share similar cultural values, knowledge, and experiences. Shared culture and experiences help students to better engage with the learning. The lecturers create a positive and engaging learning experience. If there were no significant cultural value to the learning, I think young people would be less likely to engage with it."
"The University of Auckland has a marae to cater to all students brought up in the big cities away from their tūrangawaewae. The Marae enables us all to engage with Māori histories, culture, values, and traditions. My advice to school leavers is to figure out your why, and Waipapa Taumata Rau will give you your how."
"I want to teach because it’s important to pass on the knowledge and skills I have attained. I want to be an example for all Māori and non-Māori students to show that there is significant value in your culture, history, knowledge, and language – both in life and in academia. Your goals and ambitions should be set by who you want to become and not who you are now; sacrifices, hard work, and dedication will get you there. The energy you put in will be reflected in the results you get out."