Ripeka Read

Ripeka Read

Digital Content Graduate, Auckland Council
Bachelor of Māori Development in Māori Media

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Waiariki

Her passion for te ao Māori and the media made the choice to study a Bachelor of Māori Development at AUT an easy one for Ripeka Read, and a hands-on approach helped keep her motivated.

"The degree was made up of range of practical papers, keeping me driven throughout my studies."

Ripeka found AUT provided a lot of support for Māori students, which made the transition from a small rural town to the big city of Auckland much easier.

"The support services for Māori students and Titahi Ki Tua, the Māori students’ association, became my whānau at university."

Strength through learning
Through her study Ripeka strengthened her skills in video production and her knowledge of Māori media. Her favourite paper was the Māori media project, which she says enabled her to guide her own learning.

"I was given the freedom to create any kind of media piece I wanted, enabling me to think as creatively as I liked and produce a short documentary on a topic I’m passionate about.

"I would definitely recommend this degree to others who have a passion for anything Māori, digital and media-related as you gain strong theoretical and practical skills while strengthening your own personal development," Ripeka says.

A bright future
After graduating at the end of last year, Ripeka now feels ready for her next challenge, an exciting new role at Auckland Council.

"I’ve recently joined Auckland Council as a digital content graduate. It’s a two-year graduate programme and a great opportunity for me to gain a range of on-the-job experience in many different departments of Auckland Council."

In addition to her work, Ripeka is also returning to AUT for postgraduate study.

"I want to give back to my community in Te Tai Tokerau, and am passionate about working with indigenous youth to help them discover and strengthen their identity. My master’s degree will help me gain a strong theoretical foundation to create digital and innovative programmes to empower rangatahi by discovering their culture," says Ripeka.

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.36pm

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