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18/19 – Te Ārita o Ringahora Allen

Te Ārita o Ringahora Allen (Ngāti Apakura), a product of Māori tertiary education systems such as Ngā Taiātea Wharekura, has continued to explore her cultural identity through her studies with He Korowai Akonga: Degree in Teaching Primary Level 7 (Year 1) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Identifying education as a major access point for all ages, Te Ārita believes that education allows people of all ages, particularly in Maniapoto to seek and gain skills that are needed to excel and gain a greater sense of self and to prosper as Ngāti Maniapoto whānui.

“Our cultural heritage is the biggest foundation on how we as Māori, actively participate within the community and integrating our values with others to better live for ourselves and our people” says Te Ārita.

17/18 – Nukutaiāwhiorangi Waipoua-Bryers

Nukutaiāwhiorangi Waipoua-Bryers(Ngāti Paretapoto, Rereahu) has completed his first year of studies towards a Bachelor of Science (Technology) majoring in Environmental Science and Māori & Indigenous Studies at The University of Waikato. Walking within the science world whilst firmly upholding the importance of mātauranga Māori is crucial for Nukutaiāwhiorangi in this changing world.

“For me, being tangata whenua is part of my cultural identity which connects me as a kaitiaki of my whenua Māori. To maintain the integrity of our whenua and uphold the mana motuhake of our tupuna is my ultimate goal” says Nukutaiāwhiorangi

17/18 – Joanna Nelson

Joanna Nelson (Ngāti Ngutu), 2017-18 Graymont (NZ) Limited Scholarship ($1000) recipient, has just completed her first year of study towards a Bachelor of Environmental and Society (BES) majoring in Water Management at Lincoln University. Joanna has always had a connection with the Taio, consequently, she first established her connection to Maniapoto during the Maahinaarangi me Tuurongo Rangatahi symposium.

“My time with Waikato had enabled me to attend various hui for the West Coast Harbour Claims and I believe there will be much work needed in these areas which I hope to contribute my knowledge gained from our past leaders and university. I chose to study Environment and Society with a Major in Water Management at Lincoln, because I felt that this degree was something that suited my three passion being people, our environment and our waters.” states Joanna.

17/18 – Māria PuTamainu

Māria PuTamainu (Ngāti Rora) has completed her first year of studies towards a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) program at the New Zealand Tertiary College. The Te Pukeiti Early Childhood Centre (TPECC) Kaikao has a passion for empowering tamariki through interactive teaching systems that focus on supporting the longterm educational aspirations of the next generation.

“I will work in the best interests of our tamariki by affirming Māori learners as tangata whenua and supporting their educational aspirations. I will respect the tamariki and their familial cultural beliefs, which helps build positive, reciprocal relationships.” says Māria

17/18 – Paige Tuheke

This year, MMTB was privileged to be able to provide two Sister Grace Scholarships. These scholarships are each worth a total of $5000 and offered to students studying within the field of education studies at an undergraduate tertiary level.

Paige Tuheke (Ngāti Kinohaku), recently returned to Aotearoa from Australia to continue her studies with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. As a past student of Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Paige recognises the key importance of incorporating our Maniapototanga into the everyday teachings and educational curriculum.

“I was very fortunate to be one of the very first tauira of the kura (Te Wharekura o Maniapoto) and from these experiences I gained enough skills, knowledge, and education to help decide what career path I wanted to take, this is when I decided that I would follow my heart and look into teaching” says Paige.