Hoete Mitai-Ngatai Finds Sport And Business Mix Well At Waiariki

09 Sep 2014

Mentoring and encouragement combined with maturity led Hoete Mitai-Ngatai back to study and he loves it.

Hoete’s career aspirations originally took him to Auckland University to study for a Bachelor of Commerce degree after completing this schooling at Rotorua’s Te Kura o te Koutu.

However, lack of maturity and dealing with the huge differences between life at a Māori immersion school and university became too hard. Dropping out, Hoete become a presenter for Māori Television, did some acting work and completed a flight attendant course with Travel Careers and Training in Auckland but dreams of a business career persisted.

A strongly supportive uncle with a successful business, along with some cousins achieving good things with their studies, encouraged Hoete back into tertiary study and this time he felt right at home.

“I saw the business course at Waiariki Institute of Technology and decided it was time to try again – and it’s been an awesome experience.”

Now his second year at Waiariki, the 25-year-old completed his Diploma in Marketing in 2013 and used the cross-credits to move to the two-year New Zealand Diploma in Business qualification this year. The only regret: “I just wish I had done it a few years ago.”

With his studies going well and feeling at home in Waiariki’s “pretty cool, pretty relaxed” environment, Hoete is perhaps most proud of attaining an A+ in accounting and hopes to study accounting at Waikato University once he graduates from Waiariki.

A nationally recognised hockey player, Hoete was able to apply for a full fee-paying scholarship through Waiariki’s Academy of Sport to assist with his sporting as well as academic goals.

“All my lecturers have been great but last year’s sports academy coach, Wayne Maher, was brilliant; very encouraging and motivational about my training as well as my studies.”

A third-generation hockey player from a hockey-mad family, Hoete aspires to make the New Zealand team. He has already achieved his goals of playing for the national Under 18 team, the national Under 21 team, and is in the national Māori team. He played for the Midland (Counties/Waikato/Bay of Plenty) in the national league last year and hopes his trial for Midland goes well this year as it’s “the equivalent of Super 15 rugby.” 

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