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Te Kāhui Amokura


The role of Te Kāhui Amokura is to advance and promote the collective interests of New Zealand’s universities to improve outcomes for Māori university students (tauira), Māori university staff and Māori scholarship. Te Kāhui Amokura was officially formed in 2004 and comprises the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori or Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori from each university.

Te Komiti:



Strategic Work Programme

The Te Kāhui Amokura Strategic Work Plan was endorsed by Te Pōkai Tara in February 2015.  This plan identifies key policy areas that contribute to Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara overarching priorities. See our latest facts and statistics about tauira Māori within our universities - Building Māori Success 

Indigenous Internationalisation & Ngā Here Mātauranga 

Te Kāhui Amokura in collaboration with the Committee on International Policy have developed the first pan university sector approach to internationalisation from an indigenous perspective - "Ngā Here Mātauranga - Indigenous Internationalisation 2020-2025". Our recent experiences abroad revealed a significant demand for indigenous education from our universities, both for indigenous peoples and for those who work with indigenous peoples. 

Ngā Here Mātauranga provides an innovative digital space for the universities to collaborate, innovate and connect. It is also home to our 'Global Indigenous Network' a space where indigenous academics and communities can participate in forums and have access to a variety of resources across a range of topics including; indigenous language revitalisation, indigenous development and education.

Te Kei - Māori Academic Staff Development Programme 

Te Kei is the first Māori Academic Development Programme to be implemented across the eight New Zealand universities. Guided by Mātauranga Māori,  the programme has been designed by Maori academics to support the professional and personal development new and emerging Māori academics. This programme is for Māori academics currently working at one of our eight Aotearoa New Zealand universities. 

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Piki Ake Transition Programme - Changing the trajectory for upcoming Māori researchers                                                        

The Piki Ake Transition Programme has been designed to support Māori Masters and PhD students interested in pursing an academic career. The programme has a self-directed learning online component and two facilitated online wānanga. Each university has a dedicated Manu Taupua who provide the local ongoing support for the students, track progress and help coordinate and facilitate Piki Ake on campus. 

Piki Ake is a sector approach to connect, coordinate, share best practice to address the systemic challenges. This in turn will drive long-lasting institutional cultural and transformational change that will benefit future generations of Māori researchers.

You can read more about the initial stages of the Piki Ake programme in the following report. Funding was provided by the Equity, Diveristy and Innovation Fund managed by MBIE - Piki Ake MBIE Report (2024)

For more information check out this link -

Ngā Tikanga Paihere - Application at Universities New Zealand

Ngā Tikanga Paihere (2020) was developed by Statistics New Zealand. Organisations who are using the IDI are required to show how this is applied within their own operating context. 

Ngā Tikanga Paihere is a framework and tool that:

  • Guides safe, responsible, and culturally appropriate use of data
  • Ensures data use is carefully considered
  • Ensures data practices occur in good faith.

The following UNZ guidelines have been co-developed alongside the UNZ committee – Te Kāhui Amokura. The development and application of Ngā Tikanga Paihere is an additional segment to the university’s sectors work towards Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Te Mana Ākonga - Memorandum of Understanding

The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2020, is to agree upon and achieve shared objectives between Te Kāhui Amokura and Te Mana Ākonga – National Māori Tertiary Students’ Association. Both parties share joint aspirations for building ākonga Māori success, as Māori, across the university and wider tertiary education system in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Enhancement Theme

The Cycle 6 Academic Audit includes an Enhancement Theme in which universities collectively address an issue which is important to individual universities and of national significance.  The topic for the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme is “Access, outcomes and opportunity for Māori students and for Pasifika students”. An Enhancement Theme Steering Group was formed to guide and oversee theme activities and progress. Further details can be found on the Enhancement Theme website - 


    Researchers throughout our universities are working on local, national and international Māori research projects, many of which are collaborations with iwi, Māori asset holders and other Māori stakeholder groups.

    All New Zealand universities are a member of Ngā Pae of Te Maramatanga (NPM). NPM conduct research of relevance to Māori communities and are an important vehicle by which New Zealand is a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. They also provide support through learning wānanga and scholarships for postgraduate students.

    Te Hononga Pūkenga was created by NPM to connect researchers and to facilitate communities to access Māori researchers. If you’re going to do postgraduate study make sure you add your details to this database.

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    Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara:

    Fiona Johnson-Bell

    Te Pouhārō Māori

    Nō Waikato, Raukawa ki Wharepuuhunga, Ngāpuhi 
    Senior Manager Māori and Equity / Te Kāhui Amokura