Taranaki, Te Ati Awa, Ngaati Ruanui, Waikato-Tainui
Other qualifications: Dip Tchng, B Ed.
With over 20 years’ experience in the
education sector, Raewyn Mahara decided to take the next step in her
professional development by joining the MBA programme at the Waikato-Tainui
College for Research and Development.
She wanted to not only gain an insight
into all aspects of running a business, but to learn and develop her skills
within leadership and decision making. Important skills which she could then
apply to the education industry she knew so well.
Raewyn’s career in teaching began after
she completed her studies at Hamilton Teachers College and joined Melville
Primary School where she was part of a team that established three bi-lingual
units. Following that she moved on to teach at Ngaa Taaiatea Wharekura in
Hamilton, when it opened in 2004, before being given the opportunity to be part
of an initiative that supports the development of education at Wharekura level
and where she was the Co-Deputy Principal.
Raewyn is currently the Education
Advisor for Waikato-Tainui, taking on the enormous task of driving key
educational initiatives for the tribe.
One of the most invaluable features of
the MBA programme for Raewyn was the discussions in class amongst peers,
lecturers and speakers.
"The journey has been intensive and
challenging, but also one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been
through. I enjoyed the academic challenge and also the opportunity to broaden my
horizons in a social context”, she says.
"It is hoped that we have paved the
way for others to take the same pathway and have built the capacity within our
whaanau to ensure our next generations are equipped with the skills and tools
needed to lead others to serve.”