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Jinai (Jin) Waitford

Bachelor of Communication

What does Matariki mean to you?.

To me, Matariki means the ending of a year and the beginning of a new one, where transformation and growth can take place. I can use that time to work on future plans and aspirations I may have. Not only my own personal goals, but also collectively with my whānau and the small community groups and pockets that I'm a part of. It's a good time to reground and prepare for the following year. I approach Matariki as a bit of a restart for myself to not only reconnect with my inner self and figure out my priorities, but also teach my kids the importance of Matariki as e tangata Māori, e tangata whenua. Understanding the importance of the stars, but also, what it could mean for us as a whānau too.

What makes studying at Wintec in Kirikiriroa work for you?

For me personally, studying at Wintec in Kirikiriroa has been a blessing for the last few years, mainly because there's a lot of support from the tutors, which is something that I don't think I'd be able to get if I decided to go to university.  It makes a huge difference for me, as with every step and milestone I achieve here at Wintec, there’s a massive thanks and tribute to the tutors who have supported me. I think, without that support system in place it would be impossible for me to complete my study.

So how has being Māori influenced your career path or your chosen field of study?


My goal when I began my study journey was to increase the Māori media being put out there, and wanting to increase the amount of te reo Māori that people speak. I also want to help businesses with te reo Māori in terms of how they hold themselves, how they advertise their businesses, how they interact within communities. Being in Aoteoroa- New Zealand, why wouldn’t you want to acknowledge one of the national languages? That was a huge motivation for me, wanting to encourage business owners to incorporate te reo Māori into their practices.



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