Te Moana Maika

Te Moana is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and History.

Te Arawa (Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao) and Tainui (Ngati Raukawa).

“One of the reasons I chose to study at the University of Auckland was because of the University’s Whaia Te Pae Tawhiti programme. The programme gives Māori students living outside of Auckland the chance to network and make new friends which made the transition to University easier.

“Māori has always been my passion and I chose the Faculty of Arts because of the range of courses available in both Māori Studies and History. Once I complete my Bachelor of Arts I plan to complete a Graduate Diploma in Teaching so that I can teach Māori and History to high school students.

“It’s amazing being a student in the Faculty of Arts. I’ve been fortunate enough to be taught by some influential lecturers within the Māori community and I’m given support whenever I need it. I’ve also made so many new friends and learned different things due to the large amount of subjects offered.

“My advice to future undergraduates would be to go to all your classes and tutorials as well as work hard on your assignments. University is not like high school, where you are reminded every day to come to class and do your work. You need to take initiative, go to your classes and commit yourself to your studies.

“Also, make sure you have a little bit of fun and make new friends. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have my friends. With them I’m able to have a good time as well has have that extra support and motivation to do my best."

Find out more about studying Māori Studies.

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