Our People

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini    

“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” 

Ruby Westrupp

2021 Intern

Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, and Rongomaiwahine

Ruby is studying health, human, and sports performance at Waikato University, and is majoring in human performance science. She is in the third and final year of her degree. After the completion of her degree, she will do a year in Māori studies at the University of Waikato to advance her te reo Māori. A former student at Lytton high school, Ruby was the sport prefect in 2018.

“I decided to study human performance science as I have an interest in sport and how the human body functions. Sport has always been a huge passion. I’ve been involved in many sports teams and I have competed in athletics, netball and kiorahi at a high level. I was a part of the athletics North Island team that competed at the nationals for sprints, long jump and triple jump, a member of the level two magic netball team and named most valuable player of the national kiorahi tournament in 2018, and was in the New Zealand kiorahi team and Māori kiorahi team throughout high school. My main focus at Mātai is to gain more knowledge in order to give back to my people.”