I am originally from Kaitaia, New Zealand, but have spent the last few years of my life in BC, Canada and now, in VT, USA. I grew up in a predominantly Maori community with my mother and seven siblings, before being adopted by another caring family. I was then offered a scholarship to attend Pearson College (UWC) in Canada which changed my life forever. This unique sequence of events has inspired my interest to pursue a career in politics and law to ensure the rights and prosperity of my people, and indigenous people around the world. I currently study International Politics & Economics, with minors in Anthropology and Privilege & Poverty at Middlebury College. Outside of academia, you can find me with my dance crew, on a rugby or soccer field, singing, or cooking with friends. In the future, I hope to work with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, whilst continuing to encourage cultural-heritage learning in western education through my NGO project, Maui & the Movement. Until then, I look forward to much more traveling (as I plan to head to Oxford University next semester, then explore Europe, and Cameroon in 2017), and many more adventures to come.