Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law (hons)
Ko Raukawa, Ko Ngāti Hinerangi ngā iwi
Ko Ngāti Tangata te hapū
Ko Tangata te marae
I am a grateful recipient of an Education Grant sponsored by the Trust. I attended Waikato University and over the course of 6 years I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Māori & Pacific Development. This tohu looks at how development within western paradigms don't always equate with those from the South Pacific, and examines how indigenous-centric development can be realised on a micro to macro scale. I also completed a Bachelor of Law (Hon), and specialized in corporate and commercial law in my 5th year papers, and studied Natural resource law and Treaty Cross Claimant issues for my honours papers.
I can honestly say, that without the financial support of the Trust, and others, I could never have completed my degree. Attending lectures from 8 am to 3pm, then going to work from 3:30 to 11:30, and then going back to the Uni computer labs to finish essays until 2am pretty much described the daily drudge. Receiving help from the Trust relieved the burden of worrying about how I was going to pay rent, which means I could then do less hours at work, and put in more hours of study.
Consequently, I made it to honours (top 35 students out of a class of 200), and represented Waikato Law School at two Mooting Competitions at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu. To be honest, I never thought that a kid who grew up on our Marae would end up arguing jurisprudence against an Australian High Court Judge. Since completing my degree, I have travelled around, and spent two years teaching English in South Korea. I am now back in New Zealand, and like most rangatahi, I hope to one day make a difference.
I would just like to say a big mihi to the Trustees and the beneficial owners for making your support available.