Other qualifications: PG Dip Education, BTchg (Early
Tere has a love of being around children, so after starting a
family, she became involved in Koohanga Reo, initially as a mother, and then
moved towards kaiaawhina through to Kaiako Matua. Tere’s quest for knowledge
and qualifications meant studying for her teaching qualifications with a
growing family of 7 children. She has since established a kaupapa Maaori Out of
School Care and Recreation programme (OSCAR) and extended her koohanga
extensively in order to address a community need. Her current projects involve
advocacy for whaanau that are committed to sustaining Te Reo Maaori through
initiatives that are innovative and future focused.
Tere chose to pursue her studies due to her passion for
growth and development for both her koohanga whaanau, and her own professional
"I had been working in a management role for a few years and
decided it was time to broaden my knowledge of management and grow my
leadership skills so that I can share and help others” says Tere.
"I was drawn to the Waikato MBA at the Waikato-Tainui College
because of its focus on Maaori students. As a person working in a kaupapa Maaori
environment, I felt this MBA would support our ways of learning, gaining and
Tere believes that although the MBA journey was extremely
challenging at times, it is immensely rewarding.
"The knowledge gained and experiences along the way are firmly
placed in both my kete maatauranga (knowledge basket) and my heart” says Tere.