University of Canterbury Māori and Pasifika student Teariki Tuiona graduates with a Master of Education on Wednesday.
He mahi kai hōaka, he mahi kai tangata. He whakataukī tēnei e hāngai ana ki a mātou nei mahi i oti ai mātou i tēnei tau. Kō ngā akoranga, he mīharo, ko ngā kaupapa he kai mō te whakaaro. Me mihi ki ngā kaitautoko ka tika, nā koutou mātou i akiaki i poipoia ki roto i ngā mahi huhua o te tau. Tēnā koutou. Ko koutou ngā tauira hou, e tatari ana te manuka hei kawenga mō koutou. Nau mai. Tihei mauri ora!
He mihi aroha ki tōku māmā a Iris putiputi ātaahua o te ao nui Tuiono me tōku whānau whānui
Ko Whatitiri te maunga
Ko Waipao te puna wai
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Te Maungarongo te marae
Ko Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Takoto me Ngāti Ingatu ngā iwi
Ko Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau me Te Mahurehure ngā hapū
Ko Teariki Tuiono ahau.
I would like to sincerely thank my lecturers for their time and energy. I felt privileged to learn from such esteemed leaders. I believe I now have the tools to educate others on culturally responsive models such as the Educultural wheel and the Hikairo schema. I thoroughly enjoyed our engaging conversations on the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in education, second language teaching strategies and how to develop bicultural frameworks in a multicultural society.
I would like to thank my church family, Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association, PDT, MDT, staff at the library and staff at the Academic Skills Centre. I felt blessed to know there is support available to help students of Māori and Pasifika descent. Your warmth and kindness is greatly appreciated and has definitely made my stay here in Christchurch an enjoyable one. I would like to especially thank my classmates and close friends that I have made this year. I believe I have made some lifelong friendships and look forward to our upcoming adventures in the future.
To any new and aspiring students who want to come to the University of Canterbury, I have the following warning – you need to have a good balance between social life and academic life. I stumbled in my undergraduate studies because I did not have a good balance between the two and my grades suffered as a consequence. I recommend instead that you plan your time wisely and make sure that when it is time to study, you make a concerted effort to focus and minimise any distractions. In the same token, when there is free time, make sure to have as much fun as possible. Know however, there will be obstacles and life will throw some unknown curveballs in your direction. It will definitely be worth it in the end so never give up.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge my Cook Island grandmother Tangi Te Mata Vaine o Atiu Tuiono because she really loves coming to graduation ceremonies, but unfortunately was not able to be here for this. This Master of Education is for you grandma! Love you!
Nā reira, he nui ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa.