Waikato-Tainui College

Herearoha Skipper

Pouwhakahaere, Pro Vice Chancellor Maaori Office, The University of Waikato

The MBA definitely builds confidence and provides a tohu that is acknowledged internationally, therefore strengthens and provides a balance between the years of experience and a qualification. On a personal level, I am the only one in my whānau that has a degree and now a master's degree, so hopefully this will encourage others to do the same. I have seven children and my husband is also studying towards a doctorate, both of us work full time, and we also have other commitments outside home, work, and study. We want to normalise the expectation to pursue an education for our tamariki from Wharekura into Whare Wānanga, which will provide them with opportunities. Education coupled with a good competency in ‘Te Reo me ōna Tikanga' is fundamental to be the advancement of our people.

My current role prepared me for the MBA because I was able to apply the practical application of work into my assessments. The MBA has provided me with the skills and confidence to establish strategies for the advancement of Māori having a strong sense of empowerment to achieve success and having the tools to do that.