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