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Operating under the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Māori, the Māori Student Development Team recognises that we want our whānau, iwi and friends to be proud of our achievements - therefore it is vital for you to receive the best academic and cultural support to help you on your academic journey.

UC recognises the special relationship with Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Maata Waka. These relationships are the foundation to UC’s responsiveness to the Treaty of Waitangi.

We’re often the first point of call for Māori students seeking assistance at UC, and if one of our team members cannot help we can always point you in the direction of someone that can.

The Māori Student Development Team can assist all Māori students - whether you're still at high school and thinking about studying at UC, a current undergraduate or a postgraduate student.

If you have any question or would just like to come in and meet the team - get in touch!

For many people the journey to navigate the world begins with the desire to gain a higher qualification in education. It is therefore vital that students are well informed, thoroughly prepared and full of confidence to engage in university studies.

We have very supportive and friendly staff who can support you and your whānau towards taking the first step in your university experience.

Our helpful and approachable Māori Outreach Advisor is available to help you plan your tertiary journey.

Tuākana Mentoring Programme

The Tuākana Academic Mentoring Programme connects tēina (students) with high achieving tuākana (mentors), who can provide academic advice, support and general guidance. There are three different mentoring options available – one/two-on-one, group and informal.

Tuākana Student Leaders are the face of UC Māori. The Tuākana programme provides Māori students with leadership opportunities, the chance to engage with the Māori community, inspire ākonga Māori to succeed in tertiary study. Tuākana also receive Co-Curricular Record endorsement through participating in the programme.

Academic development and support

The Māori Student Development Team coordinates a number of supplementary academic workshops for Māori students through collaboration with academic departments and schools. We also work with the Academic Skills Centre who specialise in academic writing and learning skills and can help with anything from essay writing to how to study for an exam.

With a strong focus on peer networking, we encourage UC Māori students to make the most of the learning opportunities available on campus and seek to connect students with peers that might be studying in the same areas as you.

Programmes for postgraduate students

Māori Postgraduate Students studying at the University of Canterbury will have access to a range of learning and development opportunities. Emphasis is also on providing networking opportunities and having access to a Māori Development Advisor through individual appointments.

Support involves a range of activities including:

  • Te Punenga Seminar Series - This series provides postgraduate students the opportunity to develop their writing skills and attend research-specific events
  • Leadership seminars
  • Opportunities for students to present their mahi research
Departments and research centres
Te Punenga grants

The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori is pleased to announce the support of Te Punenga to assist in conference grants. The grant assists with travel and or registration costs to present papers at national and/or international conferences from 2018. Applications will be accepted at any time and are open to Māori PhD candidates and Master's students enrolled at the University of Canterbury.

  • John Kapa, Senior Student Development Advisor, +64 3 369 3870