Congrats to three of our UC trainee teachers who have been awarded a Kupe award.
This prestigious scholarship aims to attract Māori and Pasifika high achievers to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers and role models in early childhood, primary and secondary education.
Alongside the funding each recipient also receives taonga keepsakes in the form of a stylised paddle ‘hoe’ or waka / vaka / va’a as a permanent recognition of their achievements.
These were presented by Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe at a special ceremony at Parliament in Wellington.
Check out these impressive bios:
Chloe Cull, MA Art History, BA Hons Art History, Christchurch, University of Canterbury
Kāi Tahu, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki
Kupe Scholar, Māori High Achiever
Chloe Cull comes from an arts background, having previously held curatorial positions at Wellington’s Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, and at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. She holds a First Class honours degree and a master’s degree with distinction in art history from Victoria University. Her thesis is titled Mana wahine/mana Māori/mana toi: Māori women’s art within a kaupapa Māori art history 1980 – 1989. Following in the footsteps of her parents and grandmother, Chloe is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at the University of Canterbury. She is excited about this new challenge, and the opportunity to support the aspirations of tamariki and whānau.
Courtney Joblin, BA (English/Media), Christchurch, University of Canterbury
Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāpuhi
Kupe Scholar, Māori High Achiever
With an arts degree, majoring english and media already completed, Courtney Joblin, of Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāpuhi iwi is now studying towards a graduate diploma in teaching and learning at the University of Canterbury. Courtney, aged 22, has a love of languages, having studied French and te reo Māori. She has a passion for bringing together her love for languages and culture to help give confidence to learners. Courtney is a tuakana at university, enabling her to support first year Māori students in English studies.
Misikuki Pepa, BCOM BSci, Christchurch, Canterbury University
Kupe Scholar, Pasifika High Achiever
Misikuki Pepa knows firsthand what it’s like to overcome the odds to achieve academic success in high school and university. An exceptionally talented student, Misikuki, who has previously taught piano and guitar, is the first member in his family to graduate from university. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science majoring in mathematics and science; he also holds a bachelor of commerce degree majoring in economics and finance.
Misikuki credits great physics and mathematics teachers at high school as having a huge impact on his learning in the sciences, especially physics. Their enthusiasm for the subject, how they engaged their students and their interest in a student’s educational success left a deep impression on Misikuki. It gave him a desire to teach.
His goal is to teach physics because he saw from personal experience, often being the only Samoan student in his classes, that Pasifika students are underrepresented in physics, mathematics and science. He would like to help raise the numbers of Pasifika student enjoying and succeeding in science and mathematics. He would like to see whanau models of learning adopted in schools to help students feel safe and comfortable.
Originally from Lower Hutt, where he attended Catholic boys school St Bernard’s College, Misikuki suffered a head injury that impacted his life. But with sheer determination helped by the support of people around it, it didn’t stop him achieving academic success. At high school, he was awarded first prize in Economics in his Year 13, the Industry Mathematics Award, and the NZIP Experimental Physics Award. He’s now studying towards a University of Canterbury graduate diploma of teaching and learning for secondary school teaching.