About Kohia

Kohia is the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work’s professional learning hub. Please note, the Faculty of Education and Social Work have relocated to the City Campus. All in-person Kohia programmes and workshops will be taught at the City Campus.

Faculty of Education and Social work

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 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 Epsom campus, and in 2024 to the University of Auckland’s city campus as part of the 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 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 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.

Contact Us

Kohia workshops and programmes:

Email: kohia@auckland.ac.nz

Jillian Shearer Rowe

Kohia Manager
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 48483
Email: j.shearer-rowe@auckland.ac.nz

Vijay Bhagwandhin

Professional Learning Manager
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 48482
Email: v.bhagwandhin@auckland.ac.nz

Zoe Pollard

Programme and marketing Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 48485
Email: zoe.pollard@auckland.ac.nz