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Te Ikanui Kingiwaiaua
Iwi:
Ngāti Kahu, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura

Te Tohu Paetahi Ako (Bachelor of Education)

Background Summary:

Three years ago, Te Ikanui Kingiwaiaua sat down in Kaitaia with his family and the Bachelor of Education programme co-ordinator and asked if Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi could get him where he wanted to be.

“Failure was not an option,” Te Ikanui said. “I needed to be very clear about what I needed to do to achieve a degree in teaching.”

Now, having completed the three-year degree, he says the plan laid out by Awanuiārangi at the start of the programme provided a clear pathway to success.

“Studying with Awanuiārangi allowed me to stay in the North and carry on with my life, raise my children, continue to work AND study fulltime. Key to that was programme delivery through compressed learning over three or four days every month.

“All our learning, talking, thinking, eating, sleeping during those days was in the context of mātauranga Māori. And the manaakitanga that surrounded us made it easy – kai, a bed, resources, everything was right there – all we had to do was work hard.

“It was all tailored for us through the effort of our co-ordinator. I appreciated the skilled lecturers who helped us to define and sharpen ourselves with regard to our focus on Tai Tokerau. We wanted to train to be Tai Tokerau teachers because this is where we will work. A lot of thought went into teaching and learning in a Northland classroom in a Northland context.

“In our socio-economic area, a lot of schools are Decile 1 and there’s not much employment. How do we change the game? Working with our tamariki to model and display the benefits of mātauranga is a way forward.

“The support from Awanuiārangi was crucial but you also need to remember who you are – that you are Māori and that you have a hapū and iwi watching, quietly urging you on.”