Faculty of Education and Social Work

Jordan Kaie - Bachelor fo Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori graduate

Jordan Kaie Bachelor fo Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori graduate
Jordan Kaie, Bachelor fo Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori graduate

“I grew up learning te reo through whānau, kohanga reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. I chose to study education to give children the same opportunities I was given. I decided on this programme because the curriculum works together with the New Zealand Curriculum but has a specialisation in Te Reo Māori. The best part so far has been learning to become an effective teacher within a
Kaupapa Māori-based environment.

“The faculty staff of Te Huarahi Māori and the student support services for Māori, such as Te Korowai Atawhai, have been a huge help to me. Because English is my second language, I had no idea what academic English was when I first began and I started to doubt if I could make it through the first semester. With the help of these special people at the faculty, I was able to surpass my own expectations in English and in Māori.

“One aspect that I hold dear to me is the marae on campus. Holding pōwhiri and being given the chance to speak keeps my
relationship with my culture and tikanga intact. Living in a multicultural super city like Auckland and having a place like this helps me connect back home to the East Coast.

“In the future, I would like to open my own Rumaki (Māori Immersion) unit within an English medium primary school and later on work towards being a Principal.”

Jordan Kaie (Ngāti Kahungunu) recently finished his final year of study towards a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori specialisation. He has now secured a job at Mangere Bridge School and has been granted permission to open his own Māori Unit. Jordan was also the recipient of a Sonny and Mona Riini Memorial scholarship and a Teach NZ Career Changer scholarship.