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My Story — Student Voice Video Blog: Takura Matenga

Takura Matenga was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and has a Pacific Islander background (Cook Island). The first in her family to go to university, Takura is determined to show her younger siblings that tertiary education is possible, especially for Pacific Islanders.

Takura is in her fourth year of a business degree at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), through which she has received an equity scholarship to support her studies. While the pressures of COVID-19 have forced Takura to move to part-time study, she still manages work as a Student Ambassador and a member of the Explore Uni team, alongside the challenges of a busy family life.

Takura is one of eight individuals invited by the NCSEHE to share their challenges and celebrate their triumphs during, and beyond, the COVID-19 pandemic through a series of Student Voice video blogs.


If you would like to ask Takura any questions, or suggest further topics you would like to hear about, we encourage you to get in touch at

Posted 27 June 2020 Posted in First in Family, General, Low SES, My Story — Student Voice