Sandia Mohammed 

Sandia Mohammed 

Date of Birth

12th January 2002 

Where do you currently live?

Otahuhu, Auckland

Iwi/Hapu/Other Nationalities

 Ngati Hine, Ghanaian 

Favourite childhood memory

Honestly it’s really hard to think of my favourite childhood memory, but most of my time as a child was spent up north with all of my family, so I guess any childhood memory with my family in it is a good one.

What are some of you hobbies and why?

 I enjoy drawing, especially warrior characters. I draw because you can be in your own little world creating anything you want with just a piece of paper and a pencil. 

Who is someone you look up to?

 I look up to my mum. She’s a strong mana wahine who would do anything for the people she loves, and she always puts other people first, it’s kind of a default she’s set in and I look up to her for that. 

Describe Mana Wahine in three words

Brave, strong, true

What does knowing who you are, where you come from and who you are connected to mean to you?

For me it means that I won’t only be able to see what’s right in front of me, but I will also see what came before. All of the things that came before me are what has shaped me into who I am. 

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me means being someone who helps others. Leadership is doing things for other and expecting nothing in return. I now understand that leadership doesn’t always have to be the person in the spotlight because leadership comes in all forms. 

What are your future dreams and aspirations?

 In my future I hope to study medicine after graduating from college. I want to do this to help heal people who can’t travel to the doctors when they need to or for people who just can’t get the help they need.

If you could have dinner with anyone, celebrity, whānau living or deceased who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with Michelle Obama. I just straight up think she’s really cool. She is definitely a mana wahine because it would be a huge weight on you shoulders to be the First Lady of America. I’d just ask her about what it was like being the First Lady and ask her to run for president. 

What is your favourite thing about being in Urutapu so far?

Growth. After joining Ururtapu I feel like a completely different person from when I had started, in a good way. I also love that I know I will continue to grow as the program goes on.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring, young rangatahi?

Don’t be afraid to push your comfort zone, because if you continue doing more of the same, you will never have a chance to grow.