Māori success stories

Broadcasting

Vanessa Gray

Vanessa Gray

In the often cut-throat world of film and television, Vanessa Gray is redefining how creative people work by replacing competition with collaboration.

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Miriama Kamo

Miriamo Kamo

At high school, self-confessed goal-setter and go-getter Miriama Kamo secretly wanted to be a journalist, she just wasn't sure how to get there.

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Computing

Shenaegh Hayden

Shenaegh Hayden

One of Shenaegh Hayden's aims in life is to inspire youth to pursue positive choices in their lives.

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Design

Hori Te Ariki Mataki

Hori Te Ariki Mataki

Bachelor of Design graduate Hori Te Ariki Mataki is the first in his family to get a degree.

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Engineering

Lisa Hemopo

Lisa Hemopo

Mother-of-four Lisa Hemopo hadn't studied "properly" for 30 years when she enrolled in a Diploma in Civil Engineering.

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Māori Language

Henare Te Aika-Puanaki

Henare Te Aika-Puanaki

Even before he enrolled at Ara, Henare Te Aika-Puanaki felt right at home in the place he was to study for the next three years.

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Haydon Richards, graduate

Haydon Richards

Haydon Richards was raised in the Pākehā world. He was accepted into law at the University of Canterbury and his future looked bright.

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Justin Tipa

Justin Tipa

Justin Tipa left school at 15 and at the time he didn't see tertiary education as an option.

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Music Arts

Clayton Hiku

Clayton Hiku

Jazz musician Clayton Hiku grew up surrounded by music. His earliest memories were of his whānau jamming after dinner.

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Henare Kaa

Henare Kaa

Henare Kaa didn't start playing the drums until he was 16 but it didn't take long before he knew he wanted to be a professional musician.

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Nursing

Rochelle Pereiro

Rochelle Pereiro

Redundancy was a profound experience for Rochelle Pereiro, forcing her to think seriously about her future in a way she never had before.

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Trades

Tessa Gregory

Tessa Gregory

Learning a trade appealed to Tessa, who chose to study painting and decorating.

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