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Māori success stories

Jade is a STEM trailblazer and role model for Māori and Pacific communities.

Jade Pamata-Ma'aima

Riki is a social worker committed to his whānau and his community, studying at Ara in order to make a difference.

Riki Paea

It’s a real honour to be able to do what I love.

Isaac Gunson

Claudia is a language lover with a passion for Te Reo Māori, studying both at the New Zealand Broadcasting School and Te Reo Māori.

Claudia Hillyer

“Completing my degree in 12 months was immensely rewarding.”

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Sharon Pendleton

“Being able to learn in a Māori cultural context was life changing.”

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Tania Gilchrist

When she was 17, Kiri Amaara Pitman gave birth to a stillborn daughter. The tragedy sparked an interest in midwifery that became a dream to become a midwife.

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Kiri Amaara Pitman

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

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Clayton Hiku

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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Miriama Kamo

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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Shady McGregor Pākau

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

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Shenaegh Hayden

The Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies has been the perfect way for Te Awhiroa Lewis Kuka-Sweet to advance his dream of teaching Te Reo Māori at secondary school level.

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Te Awhiroa Lewis Kuka-Sweet