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Tauira Māori

Māori graduate

E ngā mana,
E ngā reo,
E ngā karangatanga maha.
Nau mai, piki mai, kake mai,
haere mai ki Te Pōkai Tara

Success for Māori is success for everyone and improving outcomes for Māori is an ongoing priority for the universities. The universities, through their research, teaching and learning initiatives and student support activities are helping to build Māori success. Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document and the universities are committed to the rights and obligations articulated in the Treaty.

Māori @ University

Māori @ the University of Auckland
Māori @ Auckland University of Technology
Māori @ University of Waikato
Māori @ Massey University
Māori @ Victoria University of Wellington
Māori @ the University of Canterbury
Māori @ Lincoln University
Māori @ the University of Otago


All universities in New Zealand offer a range of opportunities and services for Māori students and staff, including Academic and Learning Support (mentoring, study Wānanga, study and research skills) and Pastoral Care (advocacy, accommodation and financial). Almost all universities have a Marae, and all have dedicated spaces and facilities for tauira Māori on campus to study or whakawhanaungatanga.

If you are thinking about attending university, check out our 'Thinking About University?' publication that has been designed for students, parents and whānau. 


Māori Student Associations

All universities have Māori Students’ Associations. These are rōpū that represent the interests of tauira Māori studying at the university. Most organise social, academic and cultural activities. Being involved is a great way to make new friends, get involved in activities on campus, and learn about your identity as a Māori student within a tertiary institution.


Karahipi Māori

There are lots of scholarships available for Māori students. Check out each universities website for more details. Remember you can apply for more than one scholarship!

Māori Postgraduate Students

Every university offers an exceptionally wide range of postgraduate programmes and there is tailored support for Māori postgraduate students.


Every university has a senior Māori leader who provides strategic advice to the university and also provides leadership for Māori academic development, Māori student participation and success, Māori staff capability, Māori stakeholder engagement, and matters relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. These individuals are also members of Te Kāhui Amokura.

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