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Kia Maia Ellis
Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui

Master of Māori Studies

Background Summary:

The calibre of lecturers and supervisors is what drew me to Awanuiārangi for post-graduate study in environmental science. There are so many PhD-qualified academics who are experts in their own right in their chosen fields. After undergraduate and bachelor study in marine sciences at mainstream institutions, I found that the Māori environment was good for my own growth and learning as a Māori. Māori academic study opens your mind to perceptions other than standard Western scientific viewpoints and mātauranga Māori provides its own version of science to consider. Studywise, I found the environment completely different. An Awanuiārangi education provides many unique benefits, including Māori support systems, and Māori perspectives and views on research. As students, you are part of a whānau that supports each other and celebrates each other’s successes. Our network of Masters students from all over Aotearoa in various fields of study – education, health, environment – will provide professional support for life. My research project, Customary Fisheries Management for the Tauranga Moana Iwi Customary Fisheries Trust, formed the basis of my Master’s thesis. The management plan has been well received and recommendations are being implemented already, alongside information to assist with further fisheries management planning.