Xavier Forsman is a Master of Science in Geography graduate. He works as a Poukokiri Rangahau Māori (Senior Librarian, Māori Research) at Auckland Council.

My postgraduate experience

“My postgraduate interests came about in my third year of undergraduate study, helped greatly by having enthusiastic lecturers. I think some of their energy rubbed off on me.

“The people I encountered and the opportunities that came out of that are the main highlights from my time studying. Meeting people and learning about their interests enriched my time at university.”  

“I am fortunate that my years at the University of Auckland have provided me with opportunities and experiences that I will carry with me for life.”

My work

“I am a research librarian specialising in Māori subject matter. My interests span history, to arts and crafts, to whakapapa research. I help people with reference enquiries in these areas, as well as undertake my own research.”

“The ability to get on with people from various backgrounds has been valuable and has carried me on to my current job. Research work, collecting and analysing information, and looking at different perspectives are also skills that I have developed and am still developing.”

Xavier is a recipient of the School of Environment Māori Masters Thesis Scholarship.

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