At age 18, Hinerangi Curtis embarked on a five-year journey to achieve an ambitious goal: to complete a double degree BSc/BA – majoring in Astronomy and Māori studies/te reo Māori at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury.
The double-degree pathway was chosen in 2015 while Hinerangi was still a Year 13 Prefect at Auckland Girls Grammar School. In 2020, Hinerangi was proud to have completed that journey.
“I chose the University of Canterbury because it was the only one offering astronomy as an undergraduate major. Initially I was planning on just doing a science degree but, having been in bilingual education since the age of four, I also wanted to study Māori and te reo. To leave enough room for that, I opted to do a double degree though I feel like my 18-year-old self didn’t fully grasp the gravity of that decision!”
Hinerangi ultimately hopes to teach science in a Kura Kaupapa Māori setting.