As a tuākana and student advisor, Keegan's UC experience sees him mentoring others at the same time as learning the law. Find out more about his journey below.
Law gives you a lot of knowledge which you can use to help people. Ultimately I'd like to go into politics.
The Māori Law Students' Association has been a big part of Keegan's UC journey. It is run entirely by students for students with the objectives to foster, promote and nurture the whakawhanaungatanga (togetherness) of students, to provide support, guidance and pastoral care, and to facilitate academic excellence.
We started with cultural classes at Zhejiang Gongshang University. Then we spent a week in Shanghai where we met with some big New Zealand companies.
I love the people side of it, the mix of practicality and engagement. Law gives you a lot of knowledge which you can use to help people. Ultimately I'd like to go into politics so I can make a difference back home.
I'm Māori, from an area in the North Island with a really high Māori population. Coming to UC, I've joined the Māori Development Team and have been a tuākana (mentor) and a student advisor. That's how I've found my Māori connection here. The South Island Iwi, Ngāi Tahu, has a lot of mana and I think UC really gains from that. Plus it's been great to find other white Māoris like me!
I was lucky enough to go there for a management paper. I really wanted to experience a culture that's totally diverse from our own. Landing in a city of 26 million people was amazing. You felt like you were in a different world. It was eye opening to see what else the world has to offer, but it also made me treasure what we have here in New Zealand.
Business, culture and strategic planning. We started with cultural classes at Zhejiang Gongshang University. Then we spent a week in Shanghai where we met with some big New Zealand companies. It was super interesting and it made me want to learn more about international law. I'd love to travel as part of my work.
It gave me a new appreciation for Chinese culture. I know more Mandarin now which enables me to connect with Chinese people in a way that wasn't possible before. That's been the most special thing for me.
UC has a culture of acceptance and compassion. Everyone is really friendly here. Some of my friends at other universities find their programmes quite competitive, but within UC Law we're a team. We're always quick to offer each other a helping hand and we genuinely want to see each other do well.