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Nigel Rapana
Iwi:
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Rangataua

Te Tohu Toi Tangata (Bachelor of Humanities)

Background Summary:

I’m currently in my first year of study toward a Bachelor of Humanities majoring in Indigenous Business Studies.

I became interested in what the course could offer after hearing about it from a friend. Thus far the programme has opened up my view of the world. For me, it has stimulated a different outlook on how we view society. We have studied the power of the media, how hegemony affects society, and I have an appreciation of people’s individual views.

As well as that, studying at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has driven my passion for learning te reo Māori. I’m still learning but it’s a start. The whanaungatanga here is very important to me, as well as the manaakitanga. It’s really something to be among so many people who want to succeed and achieve in their chosen fields, and it’s a blessing to have so many great role models to look to for inspiration – people who have been where we, as students, are now.

In the future, I’d love to continue this journey in education to Masters degree level. I’d also like to find a role in the future in hapū/iwi development, or engage in local government mahi that will have an impact on our people.