Aroha Ruha: Te Ōhanga Mataora: Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori Nursing
I graduated in 2017 from my Awanuiārangi kaupapa Māori nursing degree as a registered nurse. I’m now a new graduate practice nurse at Kawerau Medical Centre, where I worked part-time as a healthcare assistant throughout my three-year nursing studies.
Dr Phyllis Callaghan: Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
As a teacher, I became aware that English education systems and cultural practices could not provide a strong, responsive cultural lens for Māori. I saw a whole population of Māori students who were disenfranchised.
Rebecca (Pae) Jaram Bachelor of Education - Teaching Graduate
The education I received at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in the Bachelor of Education programme has set me up for a career in teaching, one that I am totally enjoying.
Fabian Mika Master of Māori Studies Graduate
My thesis was written in Te Reo Māori. I am a descendant of Tūhoe, raised in Rūātoki and Taneātua. My mother Maraea (Purewa) Mika was my main idol in nurturing me to where and who I am now.
Dr Doris Kaua Doctor of Philosophy graduate
My thesis is about Māori control in Pākehā spaces. Using the story of the Te Māori Exhibition, it discusses mainstream environments where critical decisions are often made for, about, and without Māori people.
Te Reinga Chase Master of Indigenous Studies Graduate
My Ngai Tai connection comes back to Ngāti Pūkeko and Ngāti Awa. A lot of our whānau were passing away from cancers. Our whānau knew this was directly linked to chemicals in the whenua from the Whakatāne sawmills.
Maddie Mason Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori Nursing Graduate
I worked in community health for seven years before joining this degree programme to further my skills and knowledge, especially in indigenous healthcare.
Christina Nuku Bachelor of Humanities Graduate
I graduated with a double major in Indigenous Studies and Policy. Policy underlines all work places, so the flexibility of the degree means there are many opportunities open to me. The BHUM re-set my foundations – it changed everything.
Nigel Rapana Bachelor of Humanities Graduate
The Bachelor of Humanities introduced me to a new world of ideas and thinking. We studied different social theories and I had a double-major focus on indigenous studies and indigenous business.
Shonelle Wana Master of Indigenous Studies Graduate
I started studying at Awanuiārangi with a level 4 certificate in te reo Māori. From there I completed a Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori, and now a Master of Indigenous Studies.
Te Rumate Mahutoto Bachelor of Education - Teaching Graduate
Awanuiārangi is my ancestor and the institution is a whare wānanga in the ancestral landscape of my tribe, Ngāti Awa. The familiarity of the environment, the people, the values and practices encouraged me to ‘rukuhia te mātauranga’ – to seek higher knowledge in an institution that respects my culture and drive to teach and contribute to the revitalisation of Te Reo.
Sharon Barcello-Gemmell Doctor of Indigenous Development and Advancement Graduate
Completing a Doctorate alongside my daughter, Dr Monique Gemmell, has strengthened our family – our children, our grandchildren and my great grandchildren. It has made the family aware that education is the key to everything.
Monique Gemmell Doctor of Indigenous Development and Advancement Graduate
My professional doctorate was as much a personal journey as an academic one. One of the most important things I learnt writing my post-graduate theses is that your research can prove you wrong. You start with an idea, but you might finish at the polar opposite of your starting position. It’s about learning.
Sharleen Peri Bachelor of Humanities Graduate
Studying at Awanuiārangi felt like being at home on my marae. It is welcoming, the facilities are exceptional (the library is incredible!) and it became a safe space to learn and grow.
Samantha (Mahara) Te Peeti Bachelor of Education - Teaching Graduate
I’ve always been passionate about teaching. I’d worked in Kohanga Reo for more than 10 years, and I felt it was time to up-skill and evolve. When I looked into the amazing programmes at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and studied the course outlines, I knew where I wanted to be.
Raukura Edwards Bachelor of Education - Teaching Graduate
I loved the experience of studying in this programme. I felt at home at Awanuiārangi. The wānanga incorporates te reo and tikanga Māori and I felt a connection to all of the papers because of the inclusion of Māori pedagogy.
Jasmine Pirini Bachelor of Education - Teaching Graduate
I spent a number of years working in a range of positions across the education sector so it seemed a natural progression to acknowledge my experiences by gaining a formal qualification.
Dr Morehu McDonald Doctor of Philosophy graduate
My doctoral rangahau (research) and thesis focused on the resistance, struggle and survival of my Ngāti Hinerangi hapū and iwi of Matamata and Tauranga.
Dr Marla Conwell Doctor of Indigenous Development and Advancement Graduate
Professional Doctorate in Indigenous Development and AdvancementI completed my Doctorate as an international doctoral candidate based in my home city of Olympia in Washington, USA. After my Masters, I hadn't intended to pursue a doctorate initially but was compelled to join because of the Awanuiārangi Indigenous Studies programme.
Kirimatao Ahomiro Master of Māori Studies Graduate
If you want to study at an inclusive, professional, supportive and culturally responsive learning environment, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi stands above all.
Dr Carroll Aupouri Doctor of Philosophy graduate
I had studied at Victoria, Waikato and Massey universities and was seriously considering Australia for my PhD when I attended a lecture at the Awanuiārangi campus in Whakatāne. The lecture was teleconferenced to five global tertiary sites, including Hawaii, Alaska and Canada, and it was that strong international indigenous connection that led me to the doctoral programme at Awanuiārangi.