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Operating under the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Māori, the Māori Student Development Team recognises 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.

UC recognises the special relationship with Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Maata Waka. These relationships are the foundation to UC’s responsiveness to the Treaty of Waitangi.

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.

The Māori Student Development Team can assist all Māori students - whether you're still at high school and thinking about studying at UC, a current undergraduate or a postgraduate student.

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

Academic support and guidance

Te Ratonga Ākonga Māori |The Māori Student Development Team (MDT) coordinates a number of supplementary academic workshops for Māori students through collaboration with academic departments and schools. We also work with the Academic Skills Centre who specialise in academic writing and learning skills and can help with anything from essay writing to how to study for an exam.

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

Make an appointment to speak with a Kaipoipoi | Student Advisor: https://careerhub.canterbury.ac.nz/students/login?ReturnUrl=%2f


Tuākana Tāina Mentoring Programme

The tuākana tāina relationship is an integral part of traditional Māori society and is the model for our peer-support programme. Tuākana are experienced students who help and guide less experienced ākonga, known as tāina.Te Ratonga Ākonga Māori recognises the value of ako, which is complementary learning. Both tuākana and tāina have opportunities to share their knowledge and experience.Within the Tuākana Tāina programme there are four roles:

  • Tāina - ākonga who are seeking academic support and guidance
  • Tuākana Academic Mentors - high achieving senior ākonga Māori who provide mentoring on a per course basis
  • Tuākana Student Leaders - who provide support for MDT from community engagement to event support on campus
  • Te Punenga Mentors - ākonga Māori Postgraduates who provide mentoring for new and emerging postgraduate ākonga

All Tuākana can receive Co-Curricular Record endorsement through participation in the programme.


This programme is a range of initiatives delivered by Te Ratonga Ākonga Māori | Māori Student Development Team (MDT) to support Māori postgraduates. The emphasis of the programme is to encourage whakawhanaungatanga (relationships) between ākonga, to enhance your academic skills, and support your personal development needs.

Te Punenga initiatives include:

  • Punenga grant application form to present at a conference or attend a workshop (PhD candidates only)
  • Connecting with the wider UC Postgraduate hapori (community)
  • Individual hui with a Kaipoipoi | Māori Student Development Team Advisor
  • Personal cultural development
  • Pathway assistance
  • Scholarship advice and support
  • Tuākana-Tāina mentoring
  • Workshops and seminars throughout the year
Te Punenga grants

Te Tari o Te Amokapua Māori | The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori is pleased to announce the support of Te Punenga to assist in conference grants. The grant assists PhD candidates with travel and or registration costs to present papers at national and/or international conferences in 2018. Please get in touch for more information.

  • John Kapa, Kaipoipoi | Student Development Advisor Māori, +64 3 369 3870

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 Kaiwhatoro Ākonga Māori | Māori Outreach Advisor is available to help you plan your journey to tertiary study.