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