Māori at Waikato

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Māori distinctiveness

The University of Waikato stands out from other universities because it embraces its strong Māori identity and heritage as key features of its distinctiveness.

The Māori student and staff communities on campus are vibrant and welcoming, and there are many university programmes and activities that are dedicated to Māori student achievement and success. Also, the University is located in the homeland of the Waikato people and the Kīngitanga, and reaches out to the many iwi of the North Island.

Strength in the teaching and research

While the University of Waikato has renowned strength in the teaching and research of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori, its Māori expertise can also be found across the various disciplines including Māori psychology, education, law, social sciences and computer science.

On campus, there are kaupapa Māori-related events held throughout the academic year for Māori and non-Māori students alike. And when combined with our academic programmes, these activities provide students with some unique qualities, great memories, life-long friendships and a set of broad-based skills that will equip them for careers and for life beyond study.

Waikato is committed to building its Māori distinctiveness, and this is set to remain a high priority through the years ahead.

Māori leadership and advancement

Te Puna Tautoko is a University-wide Māori support network dedicated to improving and enhancing Māori student success here at Waikato. Our network is extensive so we can connect you to the multitude of support services available on campus. From enrolments to the library, we have services available to help you.

Even before you get here, there is a lot to consider when planning for your studies, and some guidance and assistance may be needed. Waikato's Māori Student Recruitment Adviser is available to help with course advice and information, enrolment and accommodation applications, grant and scholarship information and campus tours.

Support in faculties and schools

Each Faculty and School has a Māori mentoring unit and we also have one in Tauranga to offer support services such as academic assistance, programme advice and pastoral care.

Regardless of your level of study, Waikato has Māori student support programmes tailored to your needs.

Te Toi o Matariki

The University offers Te Toi o Matariki – Māori Postgraduate Excellence Programme for Māori students who progress into graduate level study.

MAI ki Waikato

At doctoral level, the MAI programme is in place to support Māori doctoral students.

All of our support services encourage Māori student leadership and advancement within a kaupapa Māori environment.

Māori student experience

The University offers a schedule of social cultural events which draw on kaupapa Māori and whanaungatanga to enhance the student experience.

The programme of annual university-wide social cultural events includes:

  • The Māori student pōwhiri at Te Kohinga Mārama marae
  • Māori Information Day
  • Faculty and School – specific events and activities around Matariki, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and other kaupapa
  • Kīngitanga Day – a day of celebration of the University's distinctive heritage and relationships.

Māori Gateway

For more information about Māori support services at Waikato visit Māori at Waikato or email