Keri Whaitiri

Keri is an enthusiastic member of Whai Rawa, enrolling herself and son Haawi back when it started. “It’s amazing how quickly your pūtea accumulates over the years, and I have great satisfaction in knowing that Haawi will have a substantial nest-egg for future studies"

Keri Whaitiri (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) < Keri is an enthusiastic member of Whai Rawa, enrolling herself and son Haawi back when it started. “It’s amazing how quickly your pūtea accumulates over the years, and I have great satisfaction in knowing that Haawi will have a substantial nest-egg for future studies, decreasing the risk that a student loan will burden him after he finishes studying.  This will allow him the flexibility to choose his own path in life with a degree of financial security and minimal hesitation.” Keri has already accessed her Whai Rawa account for a tertiary education withdrawal. “With a background in mainstream architecture my Whai Rawa drawdown helped cover costs while I did the total immersion 'Ākona Te Reo' studies at CPIT in 2012.  This gave me the grounding and confidence to explore contemporary spatial design from a specifically Māori perspective.  I'm now completing landscape architecture degree at Lincoln University and this foundation in te reo has acted as a key to exciting new approaches to design.” “Looking ahead I'll probably use future pūtea for post graduate studies and hope that Haawi will use his for studies too.”