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BDO Sir Henare Ngata Scholarship recipients

Read more about the recipients of the 2022 BDO Sir Henare Ngata Scholarship for Māori accountants! Each recipient has written a blog article to share their stories and encourage others to follow in their footsteps. 

Joyana Tarawa

“After I left school, we didn’t have a lot of money and I didn’t think university would be an option, so I took up a job as a tradie. I loved being outside and doing physical work, but after a few years my body was getting tired. Then Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister, and she brought in free fees for the first year of uni. I knew then that this was my opportunity. I started with a Bachelor of Commerce, taking all the available papers, and quickly decided that it was the accounting papers that made the most sense to me.  

I want to be a role model for our tamariki, especially Māori. Because of the way I was treated by teachers at kura, I want kids who might be facing similar challenges to have someone to look up to that is just like them. To know that great things are possible if you work hard and believe in yourself, don’t let anyone else determine your future based on your ethnicity or anything else!” 

Joyana Tarawa will take up her internship at BDO Christchurch.

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Taimus Ritai

Taimus Ritai will take up his internship at BDO Taranaki

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“The main reason I’ve pursued accounting is because I want to take my knowledge and experience back to my Iwi. My aspiration is to be a Chartered Accountant working in a local accounting firm that assists and supports Māori organisations including Iwi and Hapū. 

I’m really happy that I’ll be able to work with Māori businesses at BDO. I want to be able to help my people with financial advice. It will be great when we can get to the stage where Māori organisations can look to our own people rather than outsourcing work. We’re definitely heading in the right direction with that – the Māori economy is growing especially in Taranaki and we will need people in business more and more.” 


Erutini Paringatai-Walker

“BDO is like a whānau – we have regular catch ups to make sure I’m able to manage both work and study. It’s been great to work with Māori businesses and I feel a sense of joy knowing I’m helping my whānau. I’m connected by lineage to a lot of my clients and I really feel a sense that I’m giving back to my community.   

The reason I became an accountant is so I can give back to my Whānau, Hapū and Iwi. There’s a shortage of people on the East Coast that know financial literacy, and there aren’t many resources. It’s still two and a half hours to Gisborne which is where the nearest chartered accountants are. Once I’ve completed Tertiary Studies and my CA and gained as much experience as I can, I hope to bring these sorts of resources back into the region. I would love to start a programme that reaches back into the smaller communities.” 

Erutini Paringatai-Walker will take up his internship at BDO Gisborne

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