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. We at Kohia Centre 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 Centre 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 here at Epsom, as part of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. Kohia Centre now provides services to communities beyond the education sector such as social workers, counsellors and many trusts and organisations, who make use of our great facilities.