Kia Ora Tatou Whanau,
Ko Putahi te maunga. Mountain
Ko Wairoro te awa River
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi. Tribe
Ko Te Kotahitanga to marae. Marae
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka Canoe
Ko Aperahama Te Taonui te tangata
Ko Te Waiata Maria Kumar ahau
I am happily married and have been blessed with 5 children and eight grandchildren. I migrated to Australia in 1977 and have settled in Melbourne since my arrival. As a kiwi here in Australia I thought I would not be affected by the 2001 Legislation changes for New Zealanders but I was wrong.
I studied at Vic University from 2007 – 2010. As I reached my undergraduate year in 2010 it was during 2009 enrolment year that I found out that because I was doing study at university level my fees were about $9,000 up front. That was fine I thought so I looked at applying for HECS HELP student loan. Then as I made inquiries to make an application I was told that I didn't meet the criteria because of my NZ status. Even explaining that not only am I studying I work, I pay taxes, I vote but still wasn't eligible to apply for HECS HELP.
So to pursue my achievement I had to find another way to pay the fees up front and I didn't do this study to have hindering to get in the way so I managed to find the finances. I finally achieved Bachelors Arts in Youth Work. Although my aim was to go for my masters I was unable to do this due to the up front costs of $12,000 that I couldn't afford.
- Te Mapihi Maurea Polynesian Youth Group Inc
Program for at risk young people cultural based
- NZ Maori Polynesian Welfare Support Group Inc
Welfare and support for Whanau Rangatahi
- Vic Maori Wardens
Ops Manager responsible to recruit train and roster foot patrol target "At Risk" young people of Polynesian, Pacific Island and NZ background
- Tautoko Whanau Help Australia
Welfare and support material aid food and employment pathways
Iwi n Aus - Victoria Leader
Mahi/Work - Inner South Community Health Service South Melbourne Vic
Assertive Outreach YouthWorker, Case Manager, Counsellor,
Why be part of Iwi N Aus?
We all share the same experiences in some capacity and with this we as representatives have an understanding and its only natural to become activists and support our whanau who are severely affected by the 2001 Legislation Changes.
Ph: 0434 619 420
Based in Melbourne VIC