Te Pūtāiki: Māori Law Students' Association

University life can be very daunting at first, and the journey can seem very hard at times, but the upside is that there are multiple support services out there to make your journey a lot smoother.

Run by students for students

Te Pūtairiki is one of those services. Formally established in 1993, Te Pūtāiki is the Māori Law Students' Society on campus. Run entirely by students for students, our main objectives are to foster, promote and nurture the whakawhanaungatanga (togetherness) of our students, to provide support, guidance and pastoral care, and to facilite academic excellence.

Whanau atmosphere

We operate according to tikanga Māori, which creates a really welcoming whanau (family) atmosphere. We are lucky enough to have our own office in the Law School, which is a space that we can call our own, and a space where our students can study, receive tutorials, meet with their peers, grab a cup of coffee, have lunch or simply hang out in between classes.

Academic support

Other support offered to our students include extra tutorials, exam preparation workshops, essay writing workshops and social events which are run throughout the year, and the best thing of all is that membership is FREE.

Te Pūtāiki is a home away from home, and we would love to have you join our whanau.

2022 Club Executive


Co-Tūmuaki | President
Ngawahine Thompson

Co-Tūmuaki |  President
Oscar Wilson

Tūmuaki Tuarua | Vice President
Amiria Bates

Kaipūtea | Treasurer
Nuku Tau
Āphia Kaituhituhi | Secretary
Rā Neilsford-Jones
Āpiha Matauranga | Academic Officer
Ellie Pearson
Āphia Pānui | Communications Officer
Mary Weatherall
Āpiha Whakahoahoa | Social Officer
Saskia Gray

Āpiha Tikanga | Tikanga Officer
Rireana Kirkwood

Āpiha Tēina | Junior Officer 
Ryan Nicholson


Find out more

See our club webpage on the UCSA website for further details.

Location details

The Te Pūtāiki Executive meet in Room 106A, Meremere, University Drive.
Email us at te-putairiki@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal address:
c/- School of Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand