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Marama Cook
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pukeko, Ngaiterangi

Bachelor of Humanities

Background Summary:

When I heard about the Bachelor of Humanities and discovered the quality of the lecturers – respected academics like Dr Vaughan Bidois and Professor Patricia Johnston – I knew this programme was for me. I’m completing a double major in indigenous studies and policy.

This programme is critical and relevant to the Māori position in all the spaces in which Māori work. I’ve always been the person who sits at the back, the listener, the observer, not the person to put up my hand and have a view. Since beginning this programme I’ve found my voice, and learnt not to take things at face value. This programme has opened up a whole new world. I’m thinking differently now, trying to find balance between an indigenous lens and the Western perspective. The Bachelor of Humanities has not only fulfilled but exceeded my expectations. I’ve started applying my learning in my work space and at home. I know I can’t stop here – I don’t want to … I will have to look at doing a Masters at some point.

This programme teaches you to open your eyes and dig deeper, peel back some of the layers of what is going on around us. It might hurt, it might make you angry, it frequently hits a raw nerve, but you also discover gems that leave you excited, motivated and proud.