Skip to content

Ngā mahi me te reo Māori – work and the Māori language

July 22, 2014
A woman in a traditional Māori costume performing a pukana or eye action

Māori language is no longer restricted to traditional events such as kapa haka

Thirty-two years ago, the first Kohanga Reo opened its doors in Wainuomata.

Those first dedicated pioneers set out to reverse the decline of the Māori langage. Ngā mihi nui to the kaumātua who were involved, on a volunteer basis, in this incredible effort.

I wonder if they dared to dream that several decades later there would be nearly 500 Kohanga Reo educating 9,000 children a year – and that speaking te reo would be a prerequiste – for a paying job.

There’s the obvious need to speak te reo Māori fluently to work as a:

However, my search on Seek showed that knowledge of Māori language would be essential or desirable for working in jobs as diverse as:

  • lawyer
  • administration assistant
  • librarian
  • childcare assistant.

And that’s not all. Some knowledge of te reo is useful in a huge range of jobs. Check out where te reo could take you. Read more…

Students’ view – Rahul and Akshay

July 18, 2014

Each week we are sharing posts by a class of Year 10 students from Mission Heights Junior College in Manukau. Read what they have to say about education and the future.

Rahul Banerjee

Rahul Banerjee

Rahul Banerjee

Age: 14
Favourite subjects: English, Global Studies, Physical Education and Health, Science

What sort of plans or dreams do you have for the future?

I have a dream of playing cricket as a leg spinner for Auckland and then gradually making my way up the ranks to potentially play for the New Zealand Black Caps. I would love to grow up and travel around the world and gaining further experience playing cricket around the world. If I can reach this feat, I would love to help out young children in countries were cricket is only a developing sport. I would also like to have  back up option in place. This could be being a sports journalist, eg, writing about cricket matches on websites such as Cricinfo, and writing analysis on a cricket match on what happened and why. I want to do this as I am interested in using English in my profession and this could combine both my interests together. I am also interested in subjects such as global and social studies, which may have an impact on my profession and may have links towards it.

Describe a role model that you look up to. What makes them worth admiring?

I look up to a role model who is known to be the King of Spin Bowling (Shane Warne). He has taken 800 test wickets. One of the reasons why he is someone to look up to is not because he is been so successful in cricket, but how he has persevered to get there, and how he actually took those wickets. Being a legspinner he used his brains, and skill to outhink and out bowl the batsman who he confronted. He used his smarts to find a way to get any batsman out. He had many ups and downs in his journey through cricket, but kept persevering and continued the art of legspin bowling. He had many challenges like getting out the class and facing the class of the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was the utmost challenge for Warne, their battles continued for very long and was a very interesting battle of witt and skill. I think Warne’s skill was not only a cricketing lesson but a life lesson. His levels of perseverance, critical levels of thinking and being a great person fo the cricketing field was something too look up to. His contributions out of cricket were a major reason for his overall success as an indiviual.

Money or happiness – which is more important and why?

To be honest, happiness is what is important for someone, it is about what makes them happy as a person. If they are fine being wealthy then it is great. And maybe a wealthy person leading a luxurious will like his life, in another total contrast. It is also very true, that the point is one that money creates happiness, although I stick by people can be happy with or without money and happiness is the most important for a person.

Akshay Kakkar

Akshay Kakkar

Akshay Kakkar

Age:14
Favourite Subjects: Science, Maths and Global Studies

What sort of plans do you have for the future?

For the future I aim to gain further knowledge in the field of engineering. I aim to achieve enough knowledge to help me innovate ideas for better use. Through the knowledge I gain, I would consign to beneficial use, like creating new inventions to ease the human efforts.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you’d like to turn into a job?

My most loved hobby that I aim to turn into a job/career is inventing. I am a machine-loving guy, which means I love to break things apart and put them back together. Thus, I achieve to pursue engineering which would give me the knowledge and skills to enhance my inventions – helping me give back to the world and myself. Another hobby is leadership. Speaking in public and leading groups has always been a major part of my life. Thus through innovation I aim to become a leader, leading others to the right path. This reminds me of a quote by Steve Jobs, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”.

Which will be more important in the future: up-to-date technology or innovation? Why?

For up-to-date technology to exist, innovation is needed. Innovation is the application of better solutions which means up-to-date technology is only “up to date” because of innovations. If humans don’t innovate which means if they do not modify/alter inventions to their needs it means that the up-to-date technology would only be limited to where we innovate to.

Learn computer skills and get a job

July 16, 2014

 

Two surveyors using surveying equipment

New technology means surveyors have had to upgrade their digital skills

I was listening to talkback radio when a painter called “Bruce” came on to speak. Bruce had called talkback before – he was in his forties and couldn’t find a job. The host had suggested he learn how to use a computer.

A couple of months later Bruce rang back: he had learnt to use a computer and he had found a painting job.

Knowing how to use a computer is essential these days for job seeking, and for most jobs. For example, many plumbing companies require their plumbers to fill in their jobsheets on tablets and then email them through to the boss.

Office workers who have relied on the basics are finding that they might need to learn some HTML coding or how to adapt to cloud software or social media. Read more…

Students’ view – Navya and Yvonne

July 11, 2014

Each week we are sharing posts from a class of Year 10 students from Mission Heights Junior College in Manukau. Read what they have to say about education and the future.

Navya Passi

Navya Passi

Navya Passi

Age: 14
Favorite subjects: Science, Media Studies, Mathematics

How important is education?

Visualise that you are in university and receiving your bachelors’ degree. You are finally heading out into the world on your own and the next step is finding a career. It feels good to know that you have achieved your goal after working hard for years. Right? Now imagine that you haven’t even been able to get into university and the only job that is left for you is becoming a checkout operator at a supermarket. This is because you have been mucking around your whole school life and now, the state you are in is, ‘something is better than nothing’. See what education can do? You can be the CEO of a company or a checkout operator just with the power of education.

Education is extremely important as it determines what a student will do as a career. As a student, I believe that education is the base to a better future. It is what creates the concrete of the child from primary school to university to getting a career. A revolutionary politician, Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.

Money or happiness – which is more important and why?

One way to gain happiness is to splurge money on your favorite things. Right? Wrong. You may feel happy when you buy your favorite luxury items, either for yourself, your home or for someone else. You feel proud of yourself while receiving a pay raise from your job, although that just stays for a while. Happiness is gained easily, whether it’s by spending time with loved ones or participating in an activity that interests you. Whereas, to earn money, you need to work hard and may not be able to spend time with family and friends resulting in stress or depression. Today many people are reliant on money but does it make relationships better or buy you time? In my opinion, happiness is more important than money as it is a large factor to success. “Happiness is the highest level of success”.

Which will be more important in the future: up-to-date technology or innovation? Why?

Today, most people rely on up-to-date technology over innovation. Waiting for the new iPhone from Apple is always on their list to keep up to date with the world. Although, what about when iPhones are not even in the market, people are going to rely on innovation. I believe that innovation is going to be more important in the future as compared to up-to-date technology. Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”.

Yvonne Ruan

Yvonne Ruan

Yvonne Ruan

Age:14
Favourite Subjects: Japanese, Maths

What plan of action do you have for your next years of secondary school?

Hopefully during the final three years of secondary school, I hope to take on the subjects that will guide me into my dream career as a forensic scientist. With the help of the “Forensic Scientist” profile from Careers, I have a brief understanding as to what subjects will be of use to me. I also hope to have finished and passed L3 biology, chemistry and mathematics and english with applications already sent in to University of Portsmouth, England and University of Kent, England to be a student for Criminology and Forensics Studies.

Money or happiness – which is more important and why?

Of course it all depends upon which level of happiness one is speaking of when asking if money can buy happiness. On the most basic levels, money most definitiely can buy happiness. It is genuine happiness to be able to provide medical help for your children. It is quite decidedly happiness to pay rent or mortgage to have a roof over your head and your children’s heads. It is indisputably happiness to buy wholesome and adequate food to serve your family and yourself and your beloved four-footed furry friends. It is most certainly happiness to have money for some form of transportation, be it public transit or private automobile, that allows the escape from walking 1 or 2 miles carrying supplies for familiy meals for a day or two. Money can and does buy happiness

However at the end of the day, happiness is by far more important. You don’t want to be stuck with a job you despise and that also offers low pay. Happiness is a state of mind, you can not purchase it. And even if purchased, it would’ve only been only temporary. A job well done brings more money in eventually. Besides, what good is money if you’re not happy? The greatest things that life has to offer is priceless.

What advice do you have for employers of young people?

Give it your 100%. Give the attention they need. Provide positive inductions into their working life, as a good introduction to employment practices will not only aid a smooth employment transition into employment, and make a better employee, but may also impact on the young person’s subsequent experiences in the workplace. Employing young people should be no different as to hiring adults as young people are just full of bright ideas and enthusiasm, which usually boosts morale in the workplace. Be harsh, but do not them an extremely difficult time trying to adapt to new things. Constructive criticism is good, but do not take it to an extreme as we are not only in the process of creating experience for these young people, but also shaping our future for the better.

How to get a job now: Create your own personal brand

July 9, 2014

I’m going to annoy you job seekers out there. It is not enough now to just apply for jobs (as if that isn’t hard in itself!)

Now you need to start getting your name out there before you start applying by creating a personal brand.

A personal brand means deciding on who you are, what you like to do, what skills you have, and using social media to to let people know your brand. Read more…

Students’ view – Sartaj and Steven

July 4, 2014

Each week we are sharing posts by a class of Year 10 students from Mission Heights Junior College in Manukau. Read what they have to say about education and the future.

Sartaj Bedi

Sartaj Bedi

Sartaj Bedi

Describe a role model that you look up to. What makes them worth admiring?

An admiring role model that I look up to is Mr. Barack Obama. He is the 44th president of the United States and the 1st African American president of the United States. Mr. Obama has done a lot for America and the world like enforcing gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Furthermore, he led the CIA squad to assassinate Osama Bin Laden.

A reason I look up to Mr. Obama is because he has faced many challenges and problems on his way which are worth admiring such as facing racism. He stood up for himself and the many others of the United States.

Another beneficial action that Barack Obama coordinated for the United States and the world is the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in 2011. I believe that Obama stands up for himself and the right of America. Moreover, I think that Mr. Obama has a good personality because he has a good sense of humour and America can relate to him. All in all, I strongly believe that Barack Obama is a very good role model for me and I want to obtain his qualities.

Which will be more important in the future: Up to date technology or innovation. Why?

I believe that both, technology and innovation are equally important. Innovation is ideas that are used in the application of better solutions that meet new requirements. In other words, these are ideas that have a solution to a real life problem. Technology, on the other hand, is ideas that are made into products and, in some cases, help people complete their daily tasks. Conclusively, I believe that the world needs both, innovation and technology in order to be a ‘cool’ place to live.

Imagine you are the prime minister for a day. What changes would you make and why?

The only change I would make in New Zealand is to legalise downloading movies and music because I think that people deserve to have the opportunity to download movies and music if they wish to.
Other than that, I believe NZ is a successful country and a beautiful country to live in, so why change it?

Steven Guo

Steven Guo

Steven Guo

Age: 14
Favourite subjects: Physical education and health, and music

How important is education?

Personally, I believe that education is extremely important; education is essential for everyone. Education provides an individual with knowledge of the particular field the individual specifies in so that s/he can pursue the career of her/his interest. Moreover, education has a very powerful influence on life, thus without education, life would be unfavorable and not as positive. Thereby, I strongly feel that education is very important. Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

What sort of plans or dreams do you have for the future?

In the future, I hope to be a successful individual in society. Some plans I have for the future include designing my own house, traveling around the world, and of course, living my life to the fullest. Additionally, I plan to study at the University of Melbourne, or University of Otago. Although I am not 100% certain with what I want to be doing as a career, I do have some thoughts along with being a professional pianist and/or professional piano teacher. Furthermore, I also have thoughts based around working with my parents after I graduate from University for USANA Health Sciences Inc., which is a Utah-based multilevel marketing company that produces various nutritional and skin-care products.

Money or happiness – which is more important and why?

Personally, I believe that happiness is substantially more important than money because it is evident that money cannot buy absolutely everything an individual wishes for. Although there are people who say “money buys happiness”, it is clear that money can bring sadness as well – and clearly, sadness is not a favorable thing. On the other hand, happiness is simply happiness – and obviously there is nothing unfavorable associated with happiness. Therefore, I believe that happiness is important than money.

Don’t slam that BA degree!

July 1, 2014
Rows of people in blue and yellow graduation caps and gowns

BA graduates acquire valuable ‘soft’ skills

I remember the disappointment on my parents’ faces when I first told them I was planning to do a Bachelor of Arts degree. As with most Indian parents worth their salt, they had wanted me to become a doctor or engineer. Surprisingly for them, I didn’t do too badly in my career after all – which got me thinking that maybe it was time I did my bit to debunk some  myths regarding the BA. Read more…