JOB: Kaiako (teacher), USU Te Puna Reo o Wairaka, Unitec
QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
"Working with tamariki (young children) is definitely not for the half-hearted: you need to be passionate about wanting to build a positive foundation in their lives. I love arriving at work, knowing that I will be spending the day with the tamariki and getting to know them, as well as their whanau. I work with under twos and its a huge privilege to be a part of their lives as they learn to walk, talk and develop their own individual personalities. I never tire of watching children grow and flourish.
The lecturers at Unitec were very approachable and you didn't feel like just another student listening to their lectures. Outside the classroom, having to complete 15 hours a week in a childcare centre was a huge help in preparing me for life after graduation. My intention now is to continue developing my te reo Maori, learn Samoan and start my Master of Education so I can advocate more strongly for Pasifika and Maori children in the education system."