Atereano Colin Mateariki

Atereano Colin Mateariki

Intern, Paramount Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Māori Development in Māori Media

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Cook Island Māori

AUT students have access to amazing opportunities, says AUT alumnus Atereano Colin Mateariki who is currently completing an internship at Paramount Recording Studios in Los Angeles.

“AUT is a forward-thinking university that really cares about its students. AUT offers numerous opportunities that have the potential to change your life. For example, I completed my degree last December, and now I’m living and working in Los Angeles thanks to the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.

“In this role, I help the Paramount Recording Studios management with the administration. I enjoy being involved in this behind-the-scenes part of the music industry. This internship has shown me that the phrase ‘The show business doesn’t sleep’ is 100% true, and that the entertainment industry isn’t for the faint-hearted. I’m really enjoying this internship.”

A passion for the media
An interest in the media is what first attracted Atereano to AUT’s Bachelor of Māori Development.

“I chose this degree because I wanted to use my knowledge of te reo and te ao Māori to provide an interesting perspective in the mainstream media industry.”

In addition to his studies, he also honed his skills by volunteering at student radio station 95bFM.

“My responsibilities included working as a news writer, music show producer, news reader, show producer for The Wire and Māori correspondent. My experience at 95bFM showed me the ins and outs of the music and radio industry, and inspired me to help develop Māori journalism into something more than community notices.”

Big-hearted and diverse
Having grown up in rural Northland, Atereano says he chose AUT because of its reputation as a student-focused university.

“I decided to study at AUT because it’s known for its whānau-orientated culture. I grew up in a small rural community called Opahi, so to have such a supportive community at AUT was an amazing feeling. This diverse and caring environment was one of the highlights of my time at AUT.”

Study something you’re passionate about, he advises other students.

“Pick something you’re really passionate about, and run with it. Be prepared to spend a lot of time by yourself studying, and if you feel overwhelmed always think of the light at the end of the tunnel.”