Doctor of Education student
Master of Arts in Māori Development
Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development
Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa
Doctoral students have access to fantastic support systems, says Doctor of Education student Wiremu Tipuna.
"I would definitely recommend this programme to others because of the fantastic support systems. The constructive and positive conversations with peers and academics lead to a plethora of different ideas and perspectives to ponder. It's a very supportive and caring group of people who are there for you and can help when you're finding the road a little tough.
"I enjoy the open-minded support from my supervisor, peers and the monthly two-day group forums we have on the AUT North Campus. The monthly Māori and Pacific Postgraduate Students' Wānanga Series also offers a range of support for postgraduate students."
Māori academic success
His doctoral research focuses on a topic close to his own heart, says Wiremu who works as a Māori student advisor at AUT in addition to his studies.
"My research project focuses on Māori student success at AUT, and the development of an indigenous Māori model of mentoring for Māori students. My passion is to assist Māori to find academic success, and being able to explore this topic through my Doctor of Education excites me."
He says his own journey through the education system has been long and arduous. Having struggled with reading and writing in school, he was aware early on that entering university would be a challenge. It was only when he was diagnosed with dyslexia later in life that he started his university journey.
"My original plan was to not go any further than my undergraduate degree, however that all changed in my last year of undergraduate study when I was privileged to attend the Māori and Pacific Postgraduate Wānanga at the AUT Marae. It was an eye opener for me, and refreshing to see Māori and Pacific students of different ages pursuing postgraduate study. It became the stimulus for my own postgraduate journey."
Opportunities to network and develop
There have been many highlights throughout his studies, Wiremu says.
"I've been privileged to be able to present at a range of international, national and AUT conferences, including the International Conference on Adoption Research, Te Toi Tauira o te Matariki Conference and the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Hawai'i.
"I was also lucky enough to receive the Roy Watling Mitchell Prestigious Professions Scholarship (Postgraduate), as well as iwi grants from the Wairoa Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board, for which I'm very thankful."
Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.34pm
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