Kia aho matuahia te taketake, kia tūwaerea te tau…When intellect turns to intuition, knowledge becomes wisdom
Author: Abigail McClutchie
Abigail McClutchie brought up in Manurewa, South Auckland hails from Te Rarawa and Ngāti Porou. In the provisional year of a PhD, Abigail studies in the Management and International Business department of the University of Auckland Business School. Abigail claims her journey to academia has been somewhat accidental at times, and was initially led to university after returning from a four year OE with two goals; to earn a degree and to learn te reo. According to the high school counsellors she was destined to be a hairdresser like her friends and not a teacher or a doctor like she hoped for. Soon she will be both. She taught English in Korea for six years, second chance learners in Aotearoa New Zealand for a further four years, and is currently working in the University of Auckland Student Learning Services - Te Fale Pouāwhina team teaching academic literacy skills to arts and business students,. Although not a medical doctor (an option expressed to the school counsellor) she plans to be a doctor of philosophy in the next few years, navigating indigenous entrepreneurship, mahi rangatira, and business education pedagogies that empower the Māori entrepreneurial spirit. A life-long learner, traveller, lover of te reo Māori me ona tikanga, believer of edu-action and transformative activism to realise tino rangatiratanga, and a trust that indigenous and global leaders can work together to create a world where we enjoy real peace, harmony and happiness.