all too easy; money for study, for being entertained, for belonging to Maori Club, to Swimming Club and doing things I had always wanted to do.
In some ways I was sorry that in my first year at Teachers' College I hadn't taken advantage of the chance to attempt a university subject or two. Over 100 of our 420 students—third-year students—were given some time off with all expenses paid to further their education at university on full pay. These were mainly students who had passed two or three ‘varsity subjects while at Teachers’ College.
In my second year at College I decided I would do Maori Studies at university. I found the work interesting and not too hard. I now have two units towards a degree—a degree that can be finished part-time while I am teaching, but as this is my P.A. (probationary asistant) year, in a Standard 2 class of 25 children. I have little time for thought of university!
I like teaching, mainly because it is a useful job, and you know that you are helping people develop, not just making money out of them. To be honest, I like the ‘paid holidays’ too; they give me time to travel, to see the places I have always wanted to visit. But I am particularly glad that I began a course of study on the Maori and Polynesia which can. if I want, lead me to a university degree.
It is only at Wellington and Auckland Teachers' Colleges that one can do Maori or Polynesian Studies. Maori students can ask to go to any college they like, although their local Education Board will suggest that they go to the local college, whether it be North Shore, Ardmore, Palmerston North, Christchurch or Dunedin—but for those with strong Maori interests, I recommend Auckland or Wellington.