Māori studies - a new direction

Nigel Maguigan

Nigel MacGuigan, a mechanic who "didn’t know a word of Māori", could not be happier with his choice to enrol at CPIT’s Te Puna Wanaka.

While attending a Ngāi Tahu meeting Nigel heard about the lack of fluent Māori speakers, particularly males. He had been looking for a new direction, so he quit his job as a mechanic and enrolled at CPIT’s Te Puna Wānaka (TPW), a leading centre of Māori and Pasifika language and culture.

Walking in without any Māori language or knowledge of his culture, Nigel was welcomed by the TPW whānau of dedicated tutors. He was determined to work hard and finished his first year of the Bachelor of Language (Māori) at the top of his class.

"I absolutely love it. The most valuable thing for me is I am learning who I am," he said.

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