Māori FAQs


As a Māori student, how can the Equity Office support me?

The Equity Office can help with pastoral care as well as career planning, referral and advice. They also organise a number of outreach events for Māori students and their whānau. The University’s Tuākana Learning Community also assists Māori students. For more information visit our Māori students webpage or email Jonaan McLeod, Kaitakawaenga Māori - Māori Liaison Officer.

I am fluent in Te Reo. What study options are available to me at the University?

As a University of Auckland student, you will be taught by leading Māori scholars and researchers who are highly respected in their fields. Competent speakers can add to their knowledge by studying the structure and grammar of Te Reo Māori. Competent speakers looking for an extra challenge can transfer their language skills to other disciplines by completing a conjoint degree, eg, BA/BSc or BA/BCom.

How do I qualify for Māori scholarships?

Most scholarship providers set their own criteria. You will probably be asked about your whakapapa and links to your marae or iwi. If you don’t know where to start, you can contact your iwi or the Equity Office for information on how to get your whakapapa verified. It is a good opportunity to find out more about your connections. More scholarship information for Māori students is available here

My marae and kaumatua are not in Auckland. How can I get my whakapapa verified for a scholarship application?

Your family might know of an Auckland-based kaumatua from your iwi who can verify your whakapapa. Or you can contact the Equity Office and we may be able to assist with contacting your iwi representatives. If you do not know about your whakapapa, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more about yourself.

Where can I go to get my scholarship application verified?

Equity Office staff are located in the East Wing of the ClockTower:

What is Tuākana?

The Tuākana Learning Community is a University-wide tutoring and mentoring programme to help Māori and Pacific students achieve the best possible grades through tutorials, workshops and study groups led by student mentors (tuākana). Tuākana students also have opportunities to connect with potential employers and an established cohort of students and staff to support them in achieving their goals. Most Māori and Pacific students at the University of Auckland engage with Tuākana. Our research shows that students who engage with Tuākana are more likely to not only maintain their grades but improve them. Read more about Tuākana

I don’t know any other students coming to the University. How can I meet other Māori students?

The Equity Office organises the University’s annual Māori & Pacific Welcome for you and your whānau at the beginning of the academic year. It’s a chance to meet other students

and find out more about our programmes and services. Every faculty has its own Tuākana programme that provides small group learning opportunities and whakawhanaungatanga activities which can help you meet other students quickly.

Tutorials, lectures and labs are also good places to meet other students. Other University groups include:

For more information read our 2017 Tauira Māori prospectus

What can I do if I experience racism, sexism, ageism, ableism or any other “unacceptable isms” at the University?

As well as being damaging, such “isms” have no place in our University. There are a number of ways the University can support anyone who experiences or witnesses any form of discrimination. Information is available at:

Read the Vice-Chancellor’s full statement about unacceptable isms here

When can I show my whānau around the University?

Your whānau is welcome at the University anytime. There are a number of opportunities for them to find out more about how life at the University works, including Courses & Careers Day, Māori & Pacific Welcome and our Māori & Pacific Finance Evening. For more information email Geremy Hema, Kaiarahi: g.hema@auckland.ac.nz

Are there any dedicated Māori spaces at the University?

Waipapa Marae is the heart of our University’s Māori community. Read more about Waipapa Marae. Hineahuone (Level 4, Student Union Building, 34 Princes St) is a Māori student space for studying and socialising. It is also where you’ll find the office of Ngā Tauira Māori (NTM).

What is UTAS (Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes)?

UTAS is the University’s undergraduate targeted admission schemes for Māori, Pacific, students who have a disability, students from low socio-economic backgrounds and

students from refugee backgrounds. UTAS reserves a number of places within undergraduate programmes for these students who have met the University Entrance (UE) standard but have not met the guaranteed entry score for the programme of their choice. Read about UTAS

I am a parent as well as a student. What support does the University offer?

We recognise that it can be very stressful juggling parenthood and studying. For this reason, the University provides childcare and early childhood centres for infant and pre-school children of students. Read more about studying as a parent

Please email us if you have any questions that you would like to be added to our FAQs: equity@auckland.ac.nz

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