Whai Ake graduates an inspiration

  • Whai ake graduates an inspiration

Māori success was highlighted at Unitec with the recent graduation of thirty mentees and mentors in its Whai Ake Māori mentoring programme.

‘Whai Ake’ means ‘to aspire’, and it was clear to the whānau, friends and staff present at the Whai Ake graduation that the programme made a big impact on these students’ lives in and, in some cases, forever changed their aspirations for success.

The tēina (mentees) were barely able to contain their enthusiasm for and appreciation of the programme, their personal and collective achievements, and their tuakana (mentors) for the time and effort they put into helping them achieve their goals for 2013.

Emerging themes were the quelling of any initial fears when the students attended their first pōhiri and stepped into Ngākau Māhaki for the first time, a place and space to ‘be Māori’, and the unwavering support and leadership of Tiana Ngawati (the programme co-ordinator), Carol Ngawati and the ‘The Whaea Brigade’ – the wider Maia team – who provided a friendly ear, kai and endless cups of tea.

Congratulations to this year’s Whai Ake programme participants:

Tēina (Mentees)
Moana-Roa Callaghan (Bachelor of Communications)
Jasmine (Nicola) Te Hira (Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts) 
Ashlee Tawhiti (Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts)
Heeni Andrew (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts)
Rebecca Taua (Bachelor of Sport)
Annetia Alison-Paul (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts)
Waimarie Stone (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts)
Tayla Lucas (Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts)
Te Karehana Toi (Gardiner) (Diploma of Contemporary Music)
Natalie Couch (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture)
Alysha Walting (Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts)
Shane Hornby (Bachelor of Sport)
Wilson Crowley (Bachelor of Sport)
Sam Livingston (Bachelor of Construction)
Jess Kahi (Bachelor of Communications)
Tangaroa Hadfield (Bachelor of Communications)

Tuakana (Mentors)
Marino Te Hei (Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts)
Anaru Parangi (Bachelor of Sport)
Christian Rapana (Bachelor of  Engineering Technology (Civil))
Ihipera Shadbolt Sullivan-Underwood (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts)
Jade Martin (Bachelor of Business)
Jessica Sweetman (Bachelor of Communications)
Karamea Graham-Ratana (Diploma of Contemporary Music)
Shelley Te Haara (Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts)
Te Ngaronoa Mahanga (Bachelor of Communications)
Christina Harris Pakeho (Bachelor of Communications)
Deane-Rose Ngatai (Master of Design)
Vicky Te Puni (Master of Design)
Aymee Karaitiana (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts)

View more photos from the 2013 Whai Ake graduation evening or find out how to apply for a Whai Ake mentoring programme scholarship.