Temukisa Taito

Temukisa Taito was looking to combine logic with creativity when she discovered Building Science at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Portrait of Temukisa Taito leaning against a bannister in the Te Aro campus

“Building Science is an underrated field of study in architecture.

“Throughout primary school up until high school my favourite subjects were math and physics. Building Science allows me to explore both my creative side and the logic of what goes into a building; understanding the materials, construction methods but also the social impacts that are applied to buildings, whether in project management or looking at sustainable systems."

She chose Wellington for its inclusivity and the extracurricular opportunities provided by the University.

“Wellington has room for every person of every shape and size.

“I have had the opportunity to be taught by leading figures in the building industry and have built an ever-growing network. I have been an ambassador for the University and currently work as a Residential Advisor for one of the University’s first year halls.

“The University also has alumni programme that allocates you a mentor. I have been able to get insight from a mentor that understands the courses and the struggle from first-hand experience.”


Temukisa found the transition from high school and home life to independent study and living a scary but ultimately fulfilling journey.

“I am born and raised in South Auckland as a first-generation immigrant.

“Victoria University of Wellington has allowed me to make lifelong friends and be a part of a wider Pasifika community that wants success for young brown students that come into the University.

“The range of services like the Māori and Pasifika support, Mauri Ora, Manawa Ora and also the student success advisors that they allocate each student has made my experience at the University much more accommodating.”

Temukisa wishes to build a career creating functional and environmentally sustainable buildings, and to inspire more women and Pasifika students to enter the building science industry.

“In five years’ time I wish to have graduated with a Master’s in Architectural Science and to apply my studies to projects which champion sustainable systems in their buildings.

“I aspire to encourage more young women and Pasifika youths to step foot into this intimidating industry because it is a field that continues to challenge my problem-solving abilities.”