Keri Mahuika and Marissa Pene were among 27 recipients awarded a Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust Education Grant in the 2019 round. It’s great to hear from whānau and what they are up to – have a read ...
Ko Keri Mahuika toku ingoa, No Ōtautahi ahau. I come from a large whānau, many of whom are involved in education. I have worked in education as a support staff member for many years and decided to take the next step and study at the University of Canterbury to become a teacher.
Last year was my first year of tertiary study and was quite a challenging one. I did not complete high school and had never studied before so I was quite nervous and unsure if I could return to education as an adult student. Being able to juggle fulltime work, study, whānau and whare was a handful, but was made possible by the support I have received from my whānau and work colleagues.
This is my second year of my three-year degree and I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge, learning new skills, and meeting new people. I hope to graduate in 2021, return to my community school and help guide the tamariki on their journey to finding their passion.
Ki ngā hau pureora o toku maunga ko Piripiri Te Hautapu, ki ngā wai o Waikawa e rere atu ki Te Moana Raukawakawa a Kupe, ki oku Rangatira o Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō.
Nei rā te mihi aroha ki a koutou, nōku te maringanui kia whiwhi mai tētahi pūtea whakamānawa i a koutou hei whakatinanahia te wero akoranga, te moemoeā hoki tō rātou i tēnei tau.
He tika te kōrero he kai kei aku ringa. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ā, tēnā tātou katoa
I’m delighted and grateful to have a show of endorsement from Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō to see me on the last leg of what will have been, come December, a three-year MBA journey. Full-time mahi, fulltime study, and whānau will mean it’s a big, but worthy year for us. I am heartened to have ‘pick-me-up’ winds from home to send me on my way.
We, as Māori, are in a phase of rebuilding our economic base as whānau, hapū, iwi. As study got underway, I set course for a year of exploring systems transformation and how we can best organise ourselves as whānau, hapū for prosperous wellbeing; strong and resilient against the combined ecological challenges that lie ahead.
This is indeed a whānau expedition, near impossible without my hearty Peita support crew all pictured here; my pou husband Dion, and our tamariki Māiawhitia, Māui and Hina (on selfie-duty).
Thank you again for your support. I look forward to being of service in the future.