Takere in Kaikōura

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


What does 'Takere' mean?

The programme name is taken from a whakataukī originating from the great tipuna, Kupe, who is acknowledged in Māori and Pacific narratives across Aotearoa and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean.  Kupe is acknowledged as one of our early Pacific explorers who alongside his wife, Kuramārōtini, discovered Aotearoa. As experts in ocean way-finding and equipped with all the essential supplies stored in the hull of their vessel, Kupe and Kuramārōtini read the winds, stars and applied their wider environmental knowledge to make safe passage across the Pacific in search of a new land for future generations.

In line with this narrative of navigation and exploration, the ‘takere’ is the hull of a canoe.  With a strong, sturdy hull filled with the necessary resources needed for a voyage, a voyaging waka is equipped to traverse the ocean safely. Just as the hull of a waka holds important cargo for a long journey, the Takere programme ensures that first-year ākonga will collect the provisions needed for their own journeys of learning at UC in order to reach their final destination of academic achievement and success as young Māori and Pacific.  Takere aims to develop the skills and confidence Māori and Pacific students need to transition and navigate the university landscape, while strengthening their connection as a cohort.


What does Takere involve?

Takere involves a six-week academic and cultural live-in programme and experience staying in a hall of residence with other Māori and Pacific ākonga.  The dates are:

  • Wāhanga 1 | Stage 1: 12 December to 17 December 2021*
  • Wāhanga 2 | Stage 2: 16 January to 12 February 2022

The UC Takere scholarship will provide you with: 

  • a fortnightly allowance of $400 during the six-week live-in
  • free catered accommodation in a hall of residence to support your transition to university life**
  • tailored academic support and guidance with our Māori and Pacific Student Advisors
  • accommodation in a UC student hall, throughout your first year of university study***
  • a fees-free 15-point 100-level UC course that may contribute to your chosen degree
  • opportunities to engage, lead and support social and cultural activities

We will also:

  • engage with your whānau regularly so they can support you whilst you are studying
  • provide you with Taurima (Mentors) and tutors to assist you along the way
  • provide ongoing leadership development and opportunities to engage in wider university activities


*this date has changed due to NCEA exams being delayed two weeks

**Subject to active participation and enagagement within established tikanga and kawa of the programme
*** Subject to a financial needs assessment



Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • have whakapapa Māori and/or Pacific*
  • be enrolled in 2022 as a full-time, first-year student at UC
  • have a financial need that would otherwise prevent you from being able to stay in a UC Hall of Residence (onsite accommodation)

Recipients must be able to commit to:

  • the full six-week live-in programme
  • participating in all workshops, tutorials, noho marae, and other activities
  • performing academically in your studies (with guidance and support from staff)
  • engaging with Te Waka Pākākano throughout your first year of study

Important Scholarship information

  • Scholarships are limited
  • Applications are open via the Scholarships website and close on Sunday, 15 August 2021
  • Applicants will be shortlisted by 31 August
  • Applicants will be contacted for an interview with their whānau, kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (in person), on or after 1 September.
  • Successful applicants will be sent an offer letter on 5 October


*Pasifika student is defined on Page 17 of the UC Maramataka | Calendar: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/brochure/UC-Calendar.pdf
** Wāhanga 1 | Stage 1: 6 December to 17 December; Wāhanga 2 | Stage 2: 17 January to 11 February 2022


Contact Details

Jamie Hape

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rārua

Takere Coordination Lead
Te Ao Mārama 147
Internal Phone: 93868