Tautoko | Support

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We recognise 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.

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.

Our team can assist all ākonga Māori - whether you're still at high school and thinking about studying at UC, a current undergraduate or enrolled in postgraduate studies..

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

Support and guidance

Our office coordinates a number of supplementary academic workshops for ākonga Māori through collaboration with academic departments and schools. We also work with the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre who specialise in academic writing and learning skills and can provide supprt with essay writing and how to study for an exam and much more.

With a strong focus on peer networking, we encourage UC ākonga Māori 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.

To find out more or just to have a kōrero, make an appointment to speak with a Kaiurungi (Advisor): https://careerhub.canterbury.ac.nz/students/login?ReturnUrl=%2f



Paihere is our mentoring programme for ākonga Māori at UC. The tuākana-tāina relationship is an integral part of traditional Māori society and is the model for Paihere. Tuākana help and guide first year ākonga Māori (known as tāina). We recognise the value of ako, which is complementary learning. Both tuākana and tāina have opportunities to share their knowledge and experience. Within the Paihere programme there are three roles:

  • Tāina - ākonga who are seeking academic support and guidance
  • Tuākana Student Leaders - who provide support for from community engagement to event support on campus
  • Kaiāwhina - high achieving senior ākonga who provide academic tutoring and mentoring

All Tuākana can receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) endorsement through participation in Paihere.


Te Punenga

The key aims of Te Punenga are to encourage whakawhanaungatanga (establishing relationships) between Postgraduate ākonga, to enhance their academic skills, and support their personal development needs.

Te Punenga initiatives include:

  • Individual appointments with an advisor
  • Personal cultural development
  • Academic writing support
  • Conference grant
  • Research/data analysis/statistics workshops
  • Connecting with the UC Postgraduate community

Te Punenga Conference and workshops grant

This grant is offered through Te Waka Pākākāno | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity and is open to all Māori PhD candidates who are currently enrolled at the University of Canterbury. The grant provides financial support for travel and/or registrations costs for ākonga who are presenting at a national and/or international conference. Apply here.

Research/data analysis/statistics workshops

NVivo and ‘R’ are tools that supports qualitative and mixed methods research.  These is just one of many data analysis tools available for ākonga.  The Library provides services and resources to support UC researchers throughout the research process.  The library runs workshops to help you get the most out of the tools available.

You can find the workshops here: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/ir/research.shtml

If you would like further information or would like to have a one on one session, get in touch with Jamie Hape on 03 369 3868 or jamie.hape@canterbury.ac.nz.

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

Our helpful and approachable Kaiurungi is available to help you plan your journey to tertiary study.