Tumuaki o Te Roopū Māori 2012!

End of The Year

Time has passed by so fast and that the year is ending. What a journey it has been. The role of Tumuaki has had its ups and downs, and this year it has been a challenge to balance my study, work, and TRM duties. People can warn you about the workload and the level of commitment, but reality does not kick in until you are actually on the job. I have learnt about the different dynamics of leadership and working with a team. One measure of leadership is how you face a situation which conflicts with your own morals and beliefs, which is a challenge that I have had to face head-on. The results were not always in my favour, but it is all a learning curve.

Tumuaki has had a huge impact on me in so many ways. There have been times where I have regretted being tumuaki, and although dwelling on the negatives is easier then appreciating and acknowledging the positives, no plan is perfect and it is expected that there will be bumps in the road. Overall I have loved being immersed in TRM and leading the Māori students this year, but I do look forward to playing a background role next year and supporting those who are crazy yet passionate enough to take on these roles.

As this is my last column, I would like to take the opportunity to thank particular groups and individuals. Firstly, to Te Rito: what a year we have had! Collectively we have set the benchmark high, and I have no doubt that next year we will continue to improve! Thanks also to members of the Māori Centre for your ongoing support, and of course Te Roopū Māori. Without Te Roopū Māori we are nothing. I would encourage members to be more vocal, as no whakaaro is stupid.

A few individuals have endured frequent ear bashing and allowed me to vent to them throughout the year. Marina Hetaraka, Hayz Aspinall, my girl Mariana Te Pou from *879* FLX hehe, and last but not least to my brother Rocky Pohatu, all our meals that we had together and you lending me your ears as well as giving me advice, uh huh you know what it is... (P.S I love you)

Good luck with exams, and have a great summer. It has been an honour to represent you all as Tumuaki o Te Roopū Māori 2012!

Mauri Ora Mai

Lisa xx
This article first appeared in Issue 27, 2012.
Posted 5:59pm Sunday 7th October 2012 by Lisa Pohatu.