Te Arawa/Tainui ōku waka
Kaituna/Waikato ōku awa
Tongariro/Maungatautari ōku maunga
Ngati Whakaue/Ngati Koroki/Kahukura ōku Iwi
Ko Angelina Matekohi tōku ingoa
E noho ana au ki Tokoroa
Tēnā koutou katoa
First and foremost, congratulations need to be given to you for your decision to study with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. You have initiated a journey that is going to be rewarding, but also challenging at times. I encourage you to hang in there during those challenging times and please know that you will not be alone. There are people, Tauira (students) and Kaiako (teachers), that have ‘been there and done that’ and that they will be more than willing to help you through those times. The reward at the end will make you feel empowered, successful and a strong sense of belief in ‘yourself’ that you-can-do-anything! I promise you that.
I know all of this because I have studied for many years myself and my journey started in 1991. Today I am still studying but it is with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. I have studied many subjects with many different institutes, but I have found that Te Wānanga o Aotearoa offers an education that is conducive with my style of learning.
I work full-time. I have 6 children. I am the eldest of 10. So with all this I feel that I have a huge responsibility to lead the way, to guide and show them that anything is possible. And that with hard work will be rewards.
I study with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and next year I may pick up another subject. Why? Because Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has given me the courage to believe in myself and my ability to succeed. Another side to this is that I don’t know everything, but would like to know a little bit about most things. Believe me, it’s awesome to be able to have conversations about ‘stuff’ with people you would not normally think you were clever enough to talk to. So, never tell yourself that you are too busy to learn something and never tell yourself that you know enough. There is so much more to learn, which opens your mind to some of the most wonderful and fascinating things in the world.
I believe my job as the National Tauira (student) Representative on Te Mana Whakahaere (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Council) is to ensure that a Tauira view is always verbally expressed within that forum of discussion and debate. That Tauira aspiration is constantly reviewed and intrinsically embedded in the minds and hearts of all council members.
I feel privileged to be here and I hope to serve you well in this prestigious role.