August Pānui, 2020

13/8/2020

Education profiles

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 ...

Keri is pictured here with her dad George Mahuika.

Keri Mahuika

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.

Ngā mihi

Keri

Marissa Pene

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.

Ngā manaakitanga

Marisa Pene

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