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WSU – Issue 17

Kia ora, my name is Te Riria I am in my third year of a Bachelor of Environmental Planning: Te Ara Taiao Māori stream. I’m a director on the WSU board for 2021 which is mostly a kaimahi type of role, supporting events and being someone that students can approach with anything they may need or want to suggest. I sit within the wellbeing portfolio as a director so any initiatives I directly help, plan and support are related to improving student wellbeing. 


Outside of the WSU Board, I work in a few different areas of the University. I work as a student ambassador as well as for the outbound calling team and for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori’s office to support the Māori leadership programmes that are offered at the University. I am also one of the co-presidents for Te Tini o Hakuturi which is a rōpū Māori for students studying taiao related subjects. This means I spend a lot of time on campus and with students which can be a lot at times but it’s the kind of mahi that I really enjoy! My flatmates and I try to go to the gym everyday which helps keep me focused and ensures that I’m making time for myself. One of my favourite things to do is ride horses – Whenever I go back home to Turangi I’ll usually spend most of my time out with my whānau riding horses.


This year I hope we can put some good initiatives in place that will create meaningful positive impacts for students’ wellbeing on campus. We have some positive initiatives in the planning stages at the moment so it will be awesome to see these come into fruition before the end of this year. As aBboard, I hope we can continue to provide services that make a positive impact on the lives of students and ensure they feel as though they have a voice on campus.


Club Bio

Te Kāuru


Kei ngā kaiurungi o tō Tāwhaki waka e hōpara nei i ngā tai o mātauranga, tōia mai ō waka ki uta ki tēnei whenua tupu, arā ko te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Nau piki mai, nau kake mai, nau mai, hoki mai. 


Te Kāuru is the Māori Student Association for the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies (FMIS). Te Kāuru was established in 2020 by Jasmine Sampson and Luke Moss with tremendous support from Senior Leadership and staff of FMIS.


We provide academic, cultural and social support, resources, pathways and events to benefit our Māori students enrolled under at least 1 MĀORI or PACIS coded paper. You can scan our sign-up sheet at the Māori student space, Pūtikitiki. 


Kia pai te toenga o te tau, ka mutu, whāia te iti kahurangi! 


Upcoming Events


WSU Tea & Talent

13th August | 6.30pm | WSU Basement

Finger food and bubbles provided

Email experience@wsu.org.nz to reserve your table


WSU Talent Quest

13th August | 7pm | WSU Basement

Email your talent quest auditions to experience@wsu.org.nz