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Mike Horlor: Kaiako - Smart Steps to Business

Mike Horlor found his life was at a crossroads.

Sitting in a classroom pondering what difference he could make in the world, he thought “Wouldn’t it be great to do something that I love doing?”

Fast forward 20 years having left behind a career in finance, operations, and logistics, Mike is now a kaiako (tutor) for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and has helped many tauira (students) create successful businesses.

For Mike, education is about helping people reach their goals in life, which involves building a range of skills and capabilities.

“It’s not just about the technical skills taught, but about developing resilience and critical thinking.”

It’s always a good time to further your education. The values-driven culture of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa makes it the perfect, supportive environment for people wanting to make a change in their lives.

Mike teaches the Level 3 Smart Steps to Business programme in Wellington City. This is a 20-week, fee-free programme for people who would like to become self-employed but don’t quite know where to start. Tauira don’t need any special qualifications to enrol – they just need to bring with them a drive to succeed.

Find out more about our business programmes

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Published On: 9 June 2021

Article By: James Ihaka



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