I am absolutely passionate about empowering Māori students to connect with their cultural identity in order to unlock the best of their academic potential, which research continues to show is an essential element to academic success.
I love to work with educators to bring them the practical tools they need to be able to effectively work with and teach Māori students to learn as Māori, and enjoy seeing the transformational change that occurs as bicultural practice becomes natural, normal and empowering for all.
I particularly enjoy working with rangatahi Māori as a cultural mentor, and feel a connection with these young people.
Having grown up disconnected from my Māori identity until I was 14 years old, I understand the struggles of claiming and reclaiming cultural roots and identity, and how that effects life's journeys.
As a 'white' Māori I have experienced the realities of cultural and racial conflict from both sides of the fence, and can identify with the challenges that Māori students face. I have developed a strong connection to all aspects of my whakapapa on both my Māori and my Pākehā sides. I am secure in my identity as a Māori woman and believe that I have much to offer to our rangatahi Māori and to the education sector in Aotearoa.
Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei -
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain
Aim high or for what is truly valuable. Be persistent and don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.
Whakatauki - Māori Proverb