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  • 17 August 2023

    Ex pro rugby plays proves it’s never too late to get degree

    At 50 years old, Shane Stephens received his first qualification, a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

  • 11 Aug 2023

    Great-grandfather, student and now award recipient at 82

    Not many people would think of taking up tertiary education in their 80’s, but that’s not the case for Rangi Hinga. The much-loved kaumātua is now in his fourth year of study at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

  • 31 July 2023

    A life of struggles to career success

    Rosemarie Eketone-Williamson has had her fair share of challenges in life, from relationship breakdowns, exposure to family harm and violence, depression, to a battle with drug addiction and giving up care of her two eldest children.

  • 21 July 2023

    Māori lens influences the switch from nursing to social work

    Palmerston North local, Nicole Tipene, was working towards her nursing degree before making the switch to study a Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

  • 20 July 2023

    Reconnecting roots: Mereana's journey of learning and growth

    When Mereana Gell returned to Aotearoa after many years overseas, she felt out of touch with te ao Māori.

  • 18 July 2023

    Uku artist and mau rākau warrior: Embracing tradition, discipline, and growth

    Learning and practicing weaponry skills is vastly different to manipulating uku (clay) into cups and bowls, but both require confidence and discipline, and a respect for tradition.

  • 29 June 2023

    Weaving programme provides sense of whānau for retiree

    With all her tamariki (children) having grown up and made the move across the ditch, it’s left just Rena Mclean living here in Aotearoa.

  • 26 June 2023

    Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award honour roll

    At Te Wānanga o Aotearoa we’re lucky to have a talented bunch of kaimahi who dedicate themselves to their mahi, each and every day.

  • 22 June 2023

    Mokopuna motivate te reo Māori journey

    Mokopuna were the motivator for education consultant Lara Meyer to begin her journey towards revitalising te reo Māori in her whānau.

  • 21 June 2023

    Porirua mum overcomes doubts to graduate in rongoā Māori

    Two years ago, if you told Kaya Grace that she would be a graduate of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, she might not have believed you.

  • 19 June 2023

    Christchurch mum helps bring te reo Māori back to her whānau

    Ever since she was a young girl, Alicia Ward had a deep desire to connect with her whakapapa (genealogy) and immerse herself in te ao Māori (the Māori world).

  • 13 June 2023

    Studying reo Māori gives Hastings dad new lease on life

    Studying at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has given Hastings dad, Tipuna Edward Smith, a new lease on life after many years of battling with his mental health.

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