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Shariann Rangitaawa

Shariann Rangitaawa

Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development (BMPD) (Māori and Pacific Development / Anthropology)

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato / Te Rohe Potae, Ngāti Mahanga – Hourua

Shariann has enjoyed learning about the issues that affect her two cultures and how these issues came about. "I am very passionate about Māori and Pacific Island studies," she says.

"The lecturers are great, there is a tonne of support, and the University is close to home, which is very convenient."

During Shariann's first year she received the Paul Woodford Day Scholarship for academic excellence and although Shariann has done exceedingly well, she urges students to understand that people come to university to learn.

"Most young students have this silly idea about university being for 'brainy' students. People wouldn't need to go to university if they already knew everything! The University of Waikato has something to offer everyone."