Waikato-Tainui College

Rachel Wetere

Iwi: Ngaati Porou, Ngaai Tamanuhiri, Ngaati Rangitihi, Ngaati Kahu.

The majority of Rachel’s career has been spent in the education sector with a focus on tertiary education, and she is currently the National Marketing Manager for Te Waananga o Aotearoa. Rachel has experience in distance learning, programme development and business management to name a few.

The attractive learning environment (Te Ao Maaori), indigenous focus, and network opportunities are what attracted Rachel to the Waikato MBA at the Waikato-Tainui College. Rachel saw the MBA as an investment in career development.

"The MBA programme gave me opportunities to learn about creating effective relationships and affirm that some of the things I do, has a connection to theory.”

Although Rachel describes the course as unrelenting, she believes that it was a programme well worth the effort, and the journey was made easier with the support from whaanau and colleagues.

"The MBA classroom was full of amazing, intelligent, thoughtful and creative minds. My study colleagues were people I looked up to; they contributed greatly and, on many occasions I learnt from them more than from a PowerPoint presentation. I believe that education and happiness is the key to success in life; from learning comes knowing, then understanding and thus, empowerment. Education contributes to making the world a better place” says Rachel.