The Te Ahu o Rehua Ocean Knowledge (AROK) Student Internship Programme is an initiative to build capacity amongst Māori students and communities. The programme is offered to Māori students wanting to better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with protecting our oceans, including the scientific, environmental, cultural and ethical issues. At each wānanga, students are expected to give a 10-15 minute power point presentation on a kaupapa relating to the moana, which may include topics such as: ocean health, mahinga kai, climate change, kaitiakitanga, environmental issues, global warming, waka voyaging and or navigation, weather and other kaupapa broadly related to Māori knowledge and science.

We anticipate that students will gain exposure to exciting work and research, and have access to a number of experts across various vocations involving mātauranga Māori and science.

The successful applicants to the 2020-2021 AROK Student Internship Programme are:   

  • Rangihurihia McDonald (PhD candidate, The University of Waikato)
  • Jarred Wilson (Undergraduate student, BA Māori, The University of Waikato)
  • Ruawhaitiri Ngatai-Mahue (Graduate student, MA Māori, The University of Waikato)
  • Arapeta Paea (Graduate student, MA Māori, The University of Waikato)
  • Kyla Campbell-Kamariera (Graduate student, MA Māori Indigenous Studies, The University of Waikato)
  • Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel (NIWA intern, Graduate student, BA Māori/BSc, The University of Waikato)
  • Mona-Lisa Wareka (MA SocSci in Anthropology, Dip. Te Tohu Paetahi, The University of Waikato)
  • Ngāpera Keegan (NIWA intern, Graduate student, BSc majoring in Environmental Science, The University of Waikato)
  • Tipene James (Graduate student, MA Māori, The University of Waikato)
  • Tema’u Teikitekahioho-Wolff (Graduate student, MA Pacific and Indigenous Studies, The University of Waikato)