Kaitoko | Student Advisors for First Year Students

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Kaitoko provide academic, pastoral and holistic support for first year students to help them navigate UC and achieve their study goals. Kaitoko have specialist areas of academic knowledge and can help you with your course changes, degree planning and study pathways. Every first year student will have their own dedicated Kaitoko to help with any aspect of their studies. From time to time we might check in with you just to see how you’re doing.

We look forward to meeting you!

KAITOKO RUN DROP IN SESSIONS (No appointment necessary)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10-12 and 2-4
Wednesday: 10:30-12 and 2-4

Please go to the Front Desk of Te Pātaka (Level 2 of the Puaka-James Hight building) and they will point you in the right direction.

Please note there will be no drop in sessions on Tuesday 29 November.  


Degree Planning

  • Degree planning and course options
  • Understanding the University Calendar and degree regulations
  • Cross-crediting between degrees
  • Changing programmes
  • Exemptions, such as waivers of pre-requisites or core requirements
  • Withdrawal from courses
  • Cross-crediting between undergraduate degrees

Navigating UC

  • If you get information from UC requiring you to do something but you just want to have it clarified/checked
  • If you are struggling with any of your courses
  • If things in your personal life are impacting your studies
  • What to do if you get sick and can’t complete an assessment
  • If you just don’t know who can help you with your question


You can change courses yourself, but if you need any help or advice then please contact your Kaitoko.  

If you wish to add, change or discontinue any of your current courses you should submit a change of enrolment application via MyUC. Before you make the change, make sure you are aware of the key dates for enrolment and withdrawal from courses and we encourage you to contact a Kaitoko | Student Advisor for advice.

How do I make changes to my current enrolment?

  1. Go to MyUC.
  2. Login using your University student "Username" and "Password".
  3. Click on the "Enrolment" button.
  4. Proceed with your change of enrolment application, following the instructions and make sure you complete the application by clicking on ""submit"".
  5. If you have not heard anything about your change of enrolment application within one week, please contact the Enrolment Contact Centre or your Kaitoko to find out what the status of your application is.

What happens next?
Once a change has been approved, you will be emailed or posted a notification of change which must be accepted in order for the change to be finalised. Approvals are based on meeting the required prerequisites for a course, your workload (number of points enrolled in) and degree requirements. If a change is not approved, your application will be declined. We will contact you in order to offer advice about your options.

How will my loan, allowance and fees be affected?
Changing or withdrawing from your courses will have implications for your fees. If you have a student allowance and/or loan, these may be affected as well. We recommend that you contact StudyLink before making changes: www.studylink.govt.nz


Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care

Falling behind in your studies? Having problems with your landlord? Feeling like it's all a bit of a struggle? Student Care Advisors are your support team. The service is free to access and available to all students at the University of Canterbury, including off campus (distance) students. Whether you are a domestic or international student, we can talk with you about your situation, help you to figure out your options, and work out the best way forward. Contact student care.

Māori students
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha offers a welcoming environment for Māori students and provides support and encouragement for Māori to achieve academic excellence. Find out more.

Pasifika students
The University of Canterbury provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students of Pacific heritage. Academic and cultural support services have been designed to ensure that you get the most out of both your studies and your free time. Find out more.

Rainbow Students
The University of Canterbury (UC) aims to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, and recognises that belonging is important for everyone. UC supports LGBTQIA+ students and staff with assistance on and off campus, and celebrates sexual and gender diversity on campus. Find out more.

Students with disabilities
For advice on support for students with a disability, please see the Equity & Disability Service. Find out more.

Student Support
The Student Support team provides a range of services, support and useful information for students, both domestic and international students. Find out more.

Career Advice and Planning
UC Careers and Employment provides advice and resources for job seeking, (including CV development) and information about prospective jobs and employers. Find out more.

Academic Support
The Academic Skills Centre is a free service that offers writing and study advice, resources and support for students from first-year through to PhD. Contact the ASC.

For various other student services please see the Current Students website.

Contact us

Phone and email

Call: +64 3 36 90409 or Ext 90409 (8.30am - 6.00pm, Monday - Friday) to speak with one of the Kaitoko.

Email: firstyearadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

Meet your Kaitoko Team

Ariana Johansson

Kaitoko Matua - Advisory Development Lead
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 93643

Kirsty Fraser

Kaitoko – Arts (including Social Work, Music and Fine Arts)
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 93296

Kim Searle

Kaitoko - Education and Commerce
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 90654

Ray Stowers

Kaitoko – Engineering (including Forestry and Product Design)
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 92126

Selai Nakaroti

Kaitoko – Health (including Sport Coaching) | Advisory Development Support
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 93410

Te Kohitu (TK) Ruakoha

Kaitoko - Law
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 91804

Amanda Mitchell

Kaitoko - Science
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 93483

Ruby Rose

Kaitoko - Education & Health Sciences (including Sport Coaching)
Internal Phone: 92318

Evan Boon

Kaitoko - Arts
Internal Phone: 92353

Melanie Coulter

Kaitoko - Engineering (including Forestry & Product Design)
Te Pātaka, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight
Internal Phone: 95024

James Calder

Kaitoko - Science
Internal Phone: 92334

Not sure who to see?

Degree Kaitoko Kaitoko
Bachelor of Arts Kirsty Fraser Evan Boon
Bachelor of Commerce Kim Searle  
Bachelor of Communication Kirsty Fraser Evan Boon
Bachelor of Criminal Justice Te Kohitu (TK) Ruakoha  
Bachelor of Data Science Amanda Mitchell  
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Raymond Stowers Melanie Coulter
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) Amanda Mitchell James Calder 
Bachelor of Fine Arts Kirsty Fraser Evan Boon
Bachelor of Forestry Science Raymond Stowers Melanie Coulter
Bachelor of Health Sciences Selai Nakaroti  
Bachelor of Law Te Kohitu (TK) Ruakoha  
Bachelor of Music Kirsty Fraser Evan Boon
Bachelor of Product Design Raymond Stowers Melanie Coulter
Bachelor of Science Amanda Mitchell James Calder 
Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability Kirsty Fraser Evan Boon
Bachelor of Social Work Kirsty Fraser Evan Boon
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Hons) Amanda Mitchell James Calder 
Bachelor of Sport Coaching  Selai Nakaroti  
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) Kim Searle Ruby Rose
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) Kim Searle Ruby Rose
Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership Kim Searle Ruby Rose