April 4, 2023

New Masters Student joins Whakauae

New Masters Student joins Whakauae

Trent Dallas

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ōhau te awa
Ko Tukorehe te hapū
Ko Ngāti Tukorehe te iwi
Ko Trent Dallas tōku ingoa


Kia ora koutou

I am currently undertaking part-time study towards the Master of Philosophy degree in health at the Auckland University of Technology. My interest is in researching wellbeing and te reo Māori.

I am extremely thankful for the support offered through the Whakauae Research scholarship programme. That support will allow me to progress, and eventually complete, my master's journey. However, the biggest benefit of the scholarship award for me is the opportunity it provides to build relationships and be exposed to the knowledge and skills of the Whakauae Research whānau.

I have been fortunate to work in the university sector for several years in roles that have contributed to Māori advancement through education. It has been a privilege to support many Māori students with their academic and cultural journeys. A common thread to emerge while working in these spaces has been the dynamic and complex relationship Māori have with our language. Recognising this thread has played a big part in spurring me on to pursue a postgraduate pathway to better understand the role te reo Māori plays in our hauora.

Currently, I am based at the University of Auckland supporting Māori-led kaupapa and strategies within the University Libraries and Learning Services networks. This work inspires me to keep exploring further learning and knowledge.

I look forward to the opportunities and insights I will gain from being part of the Whakauae whānau.

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