Kurt Macalister

Kurt Macalister

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America, Indigenous Rights & Histories in Brazil


Ko Pirongia-o-Te Aroaro-ō-Kahu toku Maunga

Ko Kawhia Moana toku Moana

Ko Tainui toku Waka

Ko Ngāti Hikairo toku Iwi

Ko Waipapa toku Marae

No Tauranga Moana ināianei

Ko Wendel toku Papa

Ko Bernie toku Mama

Ko Megan toku Tuahine

Ko Samantha toku Wāhine

Ko Kurt Macalister ahau

I am studying a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education at the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus. 

I applied and am grateful to have been accepted for the PMSLA 2023: Indigenous History & Rights in Brazil programme because I believe it is important for Kaiako to have a broad understanding of other cultures, as well as their own. The programme is an incredible opportunity for cross-cultural sharing. I also have a background working in the disability sector, and as an English language teacher, so I felt that through my experience and studies, I could contribute to the programme’s intentions.  

I am very much looking forward to this adventure and learning about Brazil and its people, indigenous communities, history, culture, customs and way of life. As well as sharing about Aotearoa New Zealand and Te Ao Māori. I am excited to work with an incredible group of people and am enthusiastic about creating new connections through this mahi. 

I am particularly interested in how early childhood education is approached in Brazil and sharing about how we do this in Aotearoa. I am also looking forward to resuming my studies in 2023 with newfound knowledge from the programme to share with the University and my own community.

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