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

Teina Anderson

Teina Anderson

Being born and raised in a bilingual community, Teina Anderson has always had a passion for Te Reo Māori. It was in high school that he realised he wanted to use his passion to become a secondary school teacher.

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Tamara Rochford Kerr

Tāmara Rochford Kerr

From a very young age, Tāmara Rochford Kerr was passionate about education. But it wasn’t until she visited her family marae for the first time that her passion for Te Reo education was sparked.

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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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Shady McGregor Pākau

Shady McGregor Pākau

During her time at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whanau Tahi secondary school, Shady McGregor Pākau had visited Te Puna Wanaka at Ara several times for various events.

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Charles Brown (Matua Charlie)

Charles Brown (Matua Charlie)

In his younger years, Matua Charlie struggled with the education system. Seeking a fresh start, he moved to Australia. Eventually however, a lack of fulfilment through not knowing his language and culture brought him back to New Zealand to reconnect.

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Tāmara Rochford Kerr

Tāmara Rochford Kerr

From a very young age, Tāmara Rochford Kerr was passionate about education. But it wasn’t until she visited her family marae for the first time that her passion for Te Reo education was sparked.

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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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