Determine your future, create your own destiny. 18 January - 12 February 2021.

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What does Takere mean?

E kore e ngaro, he takere waka nui.
We will never be lost; we are the hull of a great canoe.

This whakataukī originates from the great tipuna Kupe who traversed the Pacific and discovered Aotearoa New Zealand.  

The name Takere refers to the hull of a canoe. With a strong, sturdy takere the waka is ready for its journey and is designed to navigate the choppy seas.  The hull of a waka is also the place where our voyaging tīpuna stored the resources and taonga necessary for their journey as they moved across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean. 

In line with the narrative of exploration and navigation, Takere focuses on strengthening relationships, study skills and resilience necessary for academic success.  Just as the takere holds important cargo for a long journey, students will collect provisions through preparatory workshops and whakawhanaungatanga activities which will be accessible to them throughout their learning here at UC. 

The name Takere is inclusive of both Māori and Pacific connections through our eponymous ancestor – Kupe. Takere provides an opportunity for students to access a variety of resources for their journey with us. Using the favourable winds, the mapping of stars and environmental knowledge, the paddlers work together to launch their waka and set off to fulfil the aspirations of themselves, their whānau and community. 

What does Takere involve?

18 January - 12 February 2021

Takere is a free four week, live-in, on campus scholarship which includes:

  • All meals

  • A weekly allowance

  • Fees-Free 15 point course

  • Whakawhanaungatanga with other Māori and Pacific students and staff

  • Social and cultural activities both on and off campus

  • The opportunity to participate in the UC Māori leadership programme, Paihere and 
    Pacific Mentoring Programme

  • Dedicated and tailored mentoring with a Kaiurungi Māori or a UC Pacific advisor

  • Support for whānau of recipients on how best to support your child at university

  • Engagement with the Amokapua Waka Pākākano | Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori,
    Pacific and Equity, Dr Darryn Russell



Eligibility requirements

Students who:

  • have whakapapa Māori and/or Pacific descent, and

  • are enrolled at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury as a fulltime first-year student in 2021, and

  • are able to commit to a 4-week live in programme from 18 January – 12 February 2021

Spaces are limited; expressions of interest will open on Thursday, 15 October.

Applicants will be phoned for a follow up in-person interview during November and December 2020.

Contact Details

Takere Programme Lead

Michelle Bergman

Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga
Takere Programme Lead
Matariki (Registry) Level 5 South
Internal Phone: 93871

Māori Student Support

Jamie Hape

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Rārua

Kaiurungi Matua
Te Ao Marama 115
Internal Phone: 93868

Pacific Development Team Leader

Riki Welsh

Business Manager & Team Leader
37 Creyke Road 103
Internal Phone: 93564

Applications have now closed.

For more information please contact Michelle Bergman, Takere Programme Lead

Michelle Bergman

Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga
Takere Programme Lead
Matariki (Registry) Level 5 South
Internal Phone: 93871