Te Tohu Toi Tangata: Bachelor of Humanities
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.
I wanted a degree that would give me a relevant qualification with which to pursue whānau, hapū and iwi gains. From day one on the Humanities degree programme, I was blown away by the calibre, expertise and knowledge of the lecturers. I also appreciated having the flexibility of choosing a Major in policy or indigenous business.
I would recommend this programme to anyone looking at a career that involves policy, indigenous development or business. I started out with mānuka honey initiatives in mind to pursue within my rohe, but this course left me thinking of the many other alternatives and opportunities. I am now working within an indigenous business, Tane Mahuta Forestry NZ Limited. We provide silviculture training and support for young Māori who aspire to work on their whenua in forestry.
From a personal perspective my worldview has definitely broadened and I have developed the ability to think critically, speak up and present my point of view – the confidence, really, to push boundaries and think outside the box.
I really enjoyed the noho wānanga (block course) delivery. It can be quite intense, but a lot of work can be done when you have that concentrated time with lecturers and other students to bounce ideas off. The whanaungatanga within each cohort means you develop tight bonds, so your fellow students provide that extra support when needed.