About Kohia

Kohia Centre is the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work’s professional learning hub.

Kohia is the te reo Māori name for the New Zealand passion flower Tetrapathaea tetranda. The plant was valued by early Māori because it burnt slowly when dry, enabling them to carry a spark from village to village. At Kohia Centre we have embraced the symbolism of "carrying the spark" as we strive to support and share the development of people’s learning and expertise across all communities.

Kohia has a proud 40-year tradition of providing support for teachers – from the early days of Arney Road in Remuera to the purpose-built facility at the Epsom campus, as part of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.

What does Kohia offer? 

 Kohia is a hub for professional learning. We provide courses, workshops and programmes in both the face to face and online context.. Attend a Kohia centre course; receive high quality, highly relevant professional learning whilst interacting with others from the education sector. Learn also from the experiences of other teachers, share expertise and discuss ideas over a coffee or lunch. Explore our workshops and courses here including our programmes for PCTs and mentor teachers

Kohia delivers the Teacher Education Refresh programme on behalf of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand to teachers throughout the country. 

To support overseas trained teachers learn about the New Zealand Education system, Kohia offers an online, part time, introductory programme: Introduction to the New Zealand schooling context

Kohia administers the Enhanced Induction and Mentoring programme. New teachers throughout New Zealand who completed their Initial Teacher Education in 2020 and 2021 can receive additional support from a local university-based teaching mentor. This free programme is funded by the Ministry of Education in response to the disruptions in ITE caused by COVID -19 lockdowns.

Kohia also delivers online courses from cohorts of students and/or teachers from overseas universities. If you would like to find out more about this option, please email kohia@auckland.ac.nz and we will get in contact with you.

Our Retail Store

Check out our online store or come and see us in-store at Kohia in the new year. We stock a full range of teaching and learning resources including professional texts, learning activities, visual teaching aids, books, posters etc. and deliver throughout New Zealand. 

Room Bookings

The Kohia Centre offers great facilities. The five Kohia seminar rooms have data shows and one is set up for online conferencing. There is free parking, tea and coffee and wifi. Best of all, Kohia offers a peaceful and attractive environment conducive to learning.