Miss Rochai Moana Taiaroa
Ko Tararua te maunga,
Ko Hokio te awa,
Ko Ngatokowaru te whare tupuna,
Ko Ngatokowaru te marae,
Ko Tanui te waka,
Ko Te Whatanui te tangata,
Ko Pareraukawa te hapu,
Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi
Rochai was born in Hastings and raised in the beautiful, peaceful seaside village named Te Awanga located in the Hawkes Bay. She attended Haumoana Primary School, and then travelled by bus to Havelock North to complete Intermediate and High School. Most of her tertiary education was completed at Waikato University.
Rochai has taught in secondary schools and adult tertiary education for the past ten years. Her passion is Physical Education and she is a keen sportsperson. She believes that anyone can be successful, they just have to find their niche and follow their passion.
Rochai is the Maori student support co-ordinator at the Faculty of Education. The service, Te Korowai Atawhai, provides a learning and support centre that is available for use by all Maori students across the faculty. Te Korowai Atawhai offers pastoral care, one-on-one academic advice, and financial advice just to a name a few services.
Rochai believes that it is our role as educators to create the optimal learning environment so that every individual has the opportunity to meet their ‘creative potential’ in whatever pathway they chose to follow.
“Just whistle when you need me”
Research | Current
- Maori success in education
- Trends within Health focusing on Maori