Whaaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuuohu koe me he maunga teitei
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain
This summer we hosted three tribal members who are all at various stages of their degrees.
Shanelle Raupita (Waimakariri Marae) is studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting and finance. She was raised on her marae immersed in tikanga and kawa, and her career goal is “to keep the people safe – especially our old people, and whether that means I need to be a cook or a chief executive then so be it”.
Shanelle spent her internship with the TGH Finance team where she says she learnt “patience and persistence. I discovered the pressures of being in a finance team – especially at month end, and I understood the importance of teamwork.”
“I applied to serve my internship at TGH to gain real-time knowledge and experience with a tribal entity that has proven to be a great success both financially and with the people. To me TGH represents unity and prosperity.”
Budding lawyer Te Uranga Royal (Te Papa o Rotu Marae) has completed two years of a law degree and is intent on eventually being admitted to the bar. Commercial law is an area of interest.
“I wanted to intern at TGH to develop my insight into the commercial sector and learn about what life will look like in the workforce after university.”
Te Uranga is urging any rangatahi considering the internship to apply. “The work experience gained is invaluable towards your studies as well as the connections and relationships you form within TGH and the wider iwi.”
Brody Skipper (Maurea Marae) is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in management and accounting. He is intent on building a successful career that may one day see him working for Waikato-Tainui.
“When I gain more experience and skills I would like to utilise these to give back to the iwi.”
Key learnings from his time at TGH include the value of Mahitahi (collaboration), the importance of an effective organisational structure in relation to performance, and the importance of diversification of assets.
Our interns have now returned to university and we wish them every success.
Pictured: Interns Brody Skipper, Te Uranga Royal and Shanelle Raupita