Te Reo Māori Teacher, Mangere College
Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development
She loves connecting with youth through te reo Māori, says Kerehi Warwick who is now a te reo teacher at Mangere College.
“In this role I’m responsible for teaching te reo Māori me ōna tikanga to a diverse range of students from Year 9 to Year 13. I love being able to normalise Māori culture and language within an urban setting.”
She frequently draws on the skills she developed throughout her Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development, the AUT alumna says.
“I’m constantly using the skills I gained from my te reo Māori papers at AUT in the classes I teach now.”
Kerehi says she chose AUT’s Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development because the degree matched well with her beliefs and the values she was brought up with. It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted.
“I loved getting to know the people at AUT. One of the highlights for me was being a part of Titahi ki Tua, the Māori students’ association at AUT, and connecting with other Māori who have the same educational aspirations as me.”
Another highpoint for her was being able to complete workplace experience in the final year of her degree.
“In my third year, I was fortunate enough to complete my workplace experience with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, where I was teaching basic te reo Māori. I was also given the opportunity for further employment with Te Wananga o Aotearoa after I had completed my work placement.”
Advice for other students
Kerehi, who graduated at the end of 2016, has some great advice for other students.
“I encourage you to join student clubs or associations at university. They’re the best place to meet friends with the same aspirations as you; friends are always there to help you every step of the way.”
You can’t underestimate the importance of these university networks, Kerehi says.
“I can honestly say that without these student associations and friends I would have found studying much more difficult.”