He paetahi Māori kua 'whakamānawatia' hei pia ki New York

He paetahi nō Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau ka rere atu ki tāwāhi mahi ai hei pia. Ko tētahi o ngā tauira, ko Mihi-Keita Ngata nō Ngāti Porou, ā kō ake nei ka whakapōtaetia ki te tohu BHSc, ā ka haere ki New York, i Amerika, ki reira mahi ai hei pia, ko ngā utu katoa kua ea. 

Ā, kei te nui te whakamoemiti atu. 

"I can't even explain, like if there was a word above grateful I'd use that. Maybe blessed is the term I think," te kōrero a Ngata.

“I remember as a little girl probably year 9-10, I had a dream to always go to New York one day and one of the crazy ideas I had in my head was to work with the UN one day."

Ko ōna wawata i āminehia, ā mā te kaupapa whai wheako nei e pūāwai ai tōna moemoeā. Tōna whā rau ngā tauira i tono kia whai tūranga ki tēnei kaupapa mahi pia, erangi e 30 nahenahe ngā tūranga i wātea.

"I was super confused, because I thought it was going to be like:

"Oh hi, we're just letting you know that your interview was terrible," but it was actually, “Hi, we loved your interview and we'd love to offer you the role now.

“I actually told the lady that I was speaking with "I'm actually going to cry and she was like “don't cry, you’ll make me cry” and then we'll both cry."

E ai ki te Tumuaki Āwhina o AUT, ki a Andrea Vujnovich:

"We wanted to stress the employability of our graduates. If one of our graduates can make it there then they can make it anywhere. Now we've tripled the size of it we have around 32 interns from New York way over to London, we're hoping to go into Shanghai in 2020."

"There are actually four AUT graduates that are Māori that are going over, and my job basically generic term is an intern. So I'm a glorified run around girl," te kī a Ngata.

“But two of the kaupapa, that I will be assisting over there are two global indigenous forums." 

Kātahi anō a Jamey Bailee (Ngāti Hāmoa) ka hoki mai i tāna mahi pia i Washington DC. Ināianei, e awhi ana ia i ngā pia hōu e pihi ake ana. 

“It's nothing that I thought that would be available to me, I didn't think after graduating that I'll be moving halfway across the world.

“It was very much an opportunity that was presented to me like “hey you've got the degree and the qualifications to go and do this."

Ka whā marama te roa o te noho a Ngata ki tāwāhi, ā ko tōna hiahia he whakakī i tana kete mātauranga, ka whakahokia mai ki tōna whānau, ki tōna iwi. 

"Keeping in mind my why, why I'm there. I'm extremely passionate about indigenous health Māori health.

“I guess if I keep that at the back of my mind, and make sure that my tūpuna have my back as well then I'll be able to do the do."

Hei te Pēpuere ka peka atu tēnei uri o Ngāti Porou ki te Āporo Nui.