Te Ara Ki Angitu: Pathways to Excellence

E rere te manu whititua ki te taha tū o te rangi. Whakarongo, whakarongo!
Tēnei Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato e ngunguru nei. Hāpaitia ake te rakuraku a Tāwhaki hei tārai i ngā ara tiatia,
kia puta ki Te Ara ki Angitū! He mana, he tapu!
He putanga ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama.

The University of Waikato is committed to making teaching and learning accessible to the communities of the Waikato region, and this is the purpose behind Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence – a bold and exciting new programme designed to strengthen the connections between the University of Waikato, and the regional secondary schools and communities of the Waikato region.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the Te Ara ki Angitū programme, you must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be studying in 2016 at one of the secondary schools listed on the programme.
  • Be studying in 2016 at NCEA Level 3 towards University Entrance.
  • Be intending to enrol at the University of Waikato for the first time in 2017, and starting your study in the first semester of 2017. (If you have taken STAR papers at the University of Waikato you are still eligible).

About the programme

Te Ara Ki AngituThe University of Waikato has partnered with the schools of the Waikato region to make University study more accessible by putting in place some key supports to students to transition from High School to University.

The programme includes:

  • Guidance and support with the transition from high school to the University of Waikato.
  • Support and mentoring while at University.
  • Access to a portable learning device.
  • A heavily subsidised, daily Wi-Fi-enabled transport system between home and the University of Waikato, Hamilton (from selected Waikato towns, starting in A Semester 2017).
  • Fees scholarships (applications close 14 September 2016 – see below).

School Leaver Scholarships: Te Ara ki Angitū

Value: Up to $5000
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, personal circumstances, leadership and community roles, academic ability and commitment to succeed in university study.

Find out details about application for Te Ara Ki Angitū Scholarship.

Transport to Uni

From the beginning of A Semester 2017, University buses will run from selected towns across the Waikato, and will travel Monday to Friday to and from the University during the semester (not in the holidays). The buses will be scheduled to arrive at the University by 8.45am, allowing you to make class from 9am to 5pm daily.

The cost for the bus will be $1 a ride. Seats are limited and will be allocated to first year students as a priority, then to others. To register your interest for a seat on the bus to University, complete the registration form.

Bus routes

Route 1Tokoroa, Putaruru
Route 2Te Kuiti, Otorohanga
Route 3Te Kauwhata, Huntly, Ngāruawahia
Route 4Thames, Ngātea, Waihi, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waitoa, Morrinsville
Route 5Matamata

The bus service will be available from these towns, subject to demand.

Schools on the programme

Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to excellence programme runs in the regions of South Waikato, North Waikato, Piopio/Te Kuiti/Otorohanga, Coromandel/Whitianga/Whangamata, Thames/Hauraki, and Matamata/Piako. If you would like to see the schools on the programme, refer to the drop-down list below.

Strengthening the partnership

Participating schools will also be engaged to consider other collaborative opportunities such as UoW learning hubs in schools, and the UniStart programme which allows high school students to enrol in University papers.

Student Support

Our dedicated support staff keep in contact with you during your time at university. They keep you up-to-date with services and opportunities that can help you with your studies and settling into university life. We also have a number of free support facilities available. Find out more about our student support services.

Get in touch

You are welcome to contact us with any questions you have about coming to University, including course planning, accommodation, student life, entry requirements, or to book a campus tour. Contact the Future Student Advisers on or call 0800 WAIKATO. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Waikato.