Tahua Pihema

With a bright future ahead and given her love of science and maths, Tahua is considering studying radiography at Otago University once she has finished school. Her second choice, she says, would be to work in conservation.  Whatever pathway she eventually chooses she's enjoying thinking about her options with the knowledge her Whai Rawa savings will come in handy.

Tahua Pihema (Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki) with her Young Enterprise Trust trophy

Tahua recently received a book from her tāua, Raana Kerekere Tangira, called “The Young New Zealanders Guide to Entrepreneurship” by Dr Ian Hunter. The book contained an entry form for a competition run by Young Enterprise Trust.  As part of entering the competition, Tahua had to write her personal goal and she provided the following:

“As a Year 9 student this year, I’m considering a number of different pathways, but whichever one I choose, my aspiration is to be the unequivocal best in that, or those fields.”

On the strength of this she won a prize in the competition, much to the delight of her parents, Joe and Huia Tangira.

Tahua, who lives with her whānau in Gisborne and attends Gisborne Girls High School,  is also a winner with Whai Rawa; along with the distributions paid most years, she’s been getting her $200 matched savings in her Whai Rawa account, as her whānau have helped contribute the $50 needed each year for child members to get matched savings. Her whānau have also made sure they have elected the correct 10.5% for both her tax rates (RSCT and PIR) to make sure she’s not having her money overtaxed.

Tahua has a passion for kapa haka, dance and drama, and she is an avid reader. She’s also a keen netball player and recently trialled for the regional Māori netball team.  Along with representing her school in Ki-o-rahi and touch rugby, she is also a medal-winning waka ama enthusiast and was well placed in the Tairawhiti Secondary Schools regional kapa haka competitions.

With a bright future ahead and given her love of science and maths, Tahua is considering studying radiography at Otago University once she has finished school. Her second choice, she says, would be to work in conservation.  She is currently  involved with a group of rangatahi who are working with the local council and the Department of Conservation in the restoration of Waihirere Domain in Gisborne. As part of the project, they are ridding the domain of plant and animal pests and planting more native trees and rongoā species to attract birdlife. They also hope to improve the water quality of the Waihirere Stream.

Law is also a possibility, as Tahua loves the idea of helping her people with the legal side of dealing with our kaupapa Māori – whenua, moana, tangata.

Whatever pathway she eventually chooses she’s enjoying thinking about her options with the knowledge her Whai Rawa savings will come in handy.

* Maximum matched savings $200 (inclusive of RSCT). Child members (under 16) need $50, adult members aged 16-64 need to save $200.  Contact us for more details or for a copy of the new 2013 investment statement.