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The teach­ing pro­fes­sion is a vo­ca­tion I ad­mire greatly.

Teach­ers have a tough job - look­ing af­ter our pre­cious chil­dren, and charged with help­ing to shape their fu­tures.

As a par­ent, I’m of the opin­ion, these peo­ple are trained pro­fes­sion­als and know what’s best for get­ting the best out of my kids, so for the most, I leave them to it.

I wouldn’t ex­pect them to tell me how to do my job - so why should I them.

Huntly’s Ngawai Toka is a teacher who clearly loves what she does, and for that has been re­warded as the only ko­hanga reo teacher in New Zealand to re­ceive a pres­ti­gious Kupe schol­ar­ship.

The an­nual schol­ar­ship aims to at­tract Maori and Pasi­fika high achiev­ers to teach­ing and sup­port them to be­come in­spir­ing teach­ers and role mod­els in early child­hood, pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Ngawai - the chil­dren un­der your care have a great role model to look up to.

Julie Kaio

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