Stevie Davis-Tana

Stevie Davis-Tana

Youth Development Administrator, Action Education / Research Assistant, AUT
Master of Human Rights
Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development and Social Sciences

Ngāpuhi, Ngati Porou, Te Arawa

A double major in Māori Development and Social Sciences was the perfect combination for Bachelor of Arts alumna Stevie Davis-Tana.

“They’re two aspects of life I’m really passionate about. Not only was I able to learn about social sciences, which will help me in my chosen career field of youth development, but I could also apply Māori tikanga and practices – which is a fundamental part of who I am – to my learning.”

Positive, practical and innovative
AUT’s reputation as an innovative and relevant university is what first drew Stevie to the AUT Bachelor of Arts.

“The hands-on, practical learning stood out the most for me. I wasn’t just learning theory but also learned how to apply it – and that is only going to help me in my future career. I also loved the positive and innovative atmosphere at AUT.

“I would definitely recommend this programme to others. This degree offers an amazing balance of theory and workplace experience. It allowed me to learn not only about myself but also about things I’m passionate about, including my Māori culture and how it is a fundamental part of myself and my work.”

A passion for youth development
AUT has fuelled her passion for youth development, says Stevie.

“My degree has inspired me to want to make a difference in the world. I’m passionate about working with young people and hope to make a difference in the lives of young people, not only in New Zealand but also abroad.

“Thanks to my AUT degree, I learned what it takes to work with young people and the challenges they face in our society today. I was also lucky enough to be able to complete my final-year workplace experience at Youthline, which was a wonderful opportunity.”

Making a difference
After completing her Bachelor of Arts, Stevie enrolled in AUT’s Master of Human Rights. She says it was soul-fulfilling to be studying and discussing issues she is passionate about.

“When I was coming to the end of my Bachelor of Arts, I realised that I wanted to pursue further education. I’ve always been really passionate about social issues and want to make a difference in the world. I felt that the Master of Human Rights was perfect for me. I absolutely loved the programme.

“I enjoyed being surrounded by such intelligent, like-minded people. They were an inspiration to me. I love our lecturers – Dr Jane Verbitsky and Professor Judy McGregor are such incredible people with a wealth of knowledge and passion for teaching. They make the course so interesting and engaging, because we know that they really believe in what they’re teaching, and that they believe in us.”

After completing her master’s degree last year, Stevie continues to work with youth through her role as a youth development administrator for Action Education, and also works part-time as a research assistant for AUT.

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.35pm

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