Kirsty Hohua is a busy bee. A large part of her life has been spent studying and expanding her knowledge; for as long as she can remember. Kirsty has also done her fair share of exploration across the whole of New Zealand studying in Wellington and Ōtaki. Her beginnings were a BA in Māori Studies at Victoria University and most recently, working towards a MA in Māori Medium Education at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

With her travels and experiences under her belt, Kirsty currently resides in Ōtaki. A film that resonates strongly with her is ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ with her family of 11 children by Kirsty’s side, the resemblance between her family, her 12 seater minibus and the film is eerily similar (minus one of the children).. Her life is busy, hectic and energetic; but that is just how she loves it. She calls home a community where te reo is spoken freely throughout every part of this tight-knit community. Kirsty has worked first hand as a teacher for the past 10 years; acknowledging that her classroom based knowledge is important and should be shared.

Kirsty sees it's important to get out of traditional classrooms and connect one on one with our taiao (environment). Learning from our tipuna, embracing digital technology and understanding how these both can help us grow, develop and strengthen are future trends that Kirsty sees as crucial to our development as a people. Mentoring and advising te reo speaking students means a lot to Kirsty and she is excited, delighted and dedicated to this role.

Having Kirsty as a part of the Master of Contemporary Education team and The Mind Lab is so special for us. We know not to take for granted the hard-work and dedication that she embeds into what we do. Delivering us a unique perspective into the classroom, what we can learn from those around us and helping us to keep Māori culture and te reo at the forefront of what we do.