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Puna Māhirahira Tutor Lead - Auckland
Unoffical Pūhoro OG (est.2017)
When did you join Pūhoro?
In 2017 I joined Pūhoro as a Year 11 student from FAHS. I then went on to tutor in 2020 and took the tutor lead role for Tāmaki Makaurau in 2022.
What do you love about working for Pūhoro?
It is being able to give back to the programme and the students. It is such a fantastic kaupapa, which gives tauira unique opportunities to explore and succeed in many ways. Also, having had that support and knowing how mīharo the programme and the kaimahi are, I wanted to share my journey and hopefully inspire more tauira to follow their dreams and support them with it.
Advice for your Rangatahi
"Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star". This quote hasn't gotten me through all my tough times. Always aim for the 'moon' or the highest you can, and you may hit a 'star'. Or, if you are like me, you will hit the moon and achieve your lifelong dream!
If you were an element, what element would
you be and why?
Ti (Titanium), because its atomic number (22) is my favourite number. Also, according to Dr Google, Titanium has a "high strength to weight ratio", like me, stronger than I look as a 5'2 wāhine!