Reporter, Te Manu Korihi, Radio New Zealand
Bachelor of Māori Development in Māori Media
She hopes to be a role model for young Māori, says AUT alumna Eden More who is now a reporter for Radio New Zealand.
“In my role at Radio New Zealand I get to tell Māori stories. My long-term goals include being a role model for young Māori and continue to seek the betterment of our people. What better platform to achieve this than the wide space of media that is kaupapa Māori.”
She frequently draws on the knowledge and skills she gained during her studies for her work now, Eden says.
“While I was at AUT, I learned a lot about myself – what I was good at, what I wasn’t good at, what I could handle and push through, what I was passionate about, and what my strengths and weaknesses are. These insights and lessons have definitely helped me in my career.”
The support to succeed
Choosing to study at AUT was easy, Eden says.
“When I was looking at my study options, I applied for a handful of things at different universities but I found that AUT was a lot more helpful than other universities. There was one matua at AUT who made me feel welcome, relaxed and helped me apply for a few different degrees.”
But the support didn’t stop there. Eden says she appreciated the help available throughout her time at AUT.
“The support I received from AUT throughout my degree was a highlight for me. Sonia Mehana from Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development, is a gem. She helped me heaps throughout my studies.”
Advice for other students
After graduating at the end of 2017, Eden has some great advice for other students.
“Just mahi hard, enjoy your time at university and make sure you have a strong support system of people who are going to root for you right up until you walk across that stage at graduation.”
Graduation day was a proud moment, she says.
“My graduation was obviously a huge highlight for me. It was great to see all the hard yards finally pay off and be able to thank all those who helped me along the way.”