Te Kura Toi Tangata Māori Mentoring Unit

Te Kura Toi Tangata mentoring unit is a roopū tautoko providing academic (eg. workshops), pastoral and procedural support to Faculty of Education Māori students. Our kaiāwhina have completed the work that you are doing and are familiar with the Faculty and University. The Takawaenga Māori coordinates this roopū which includes kaiāwhina. We provide academic and course advice, help with degree planning, guidelines for writing in te reo Māori and scholarship application sign offs. We also organise events such as BBQ, Inter-school sports (Hakinakina) and wānanga for Faculty of Education students. Kaua e whakāma – don’t be shy – come and talk to us if you have any patai.

How to find us?

TC1.02 & TC1.02A near the grand piano. Open: Monday-Friday Email: Phone: All mentors are able to assist with general support phone: 07 838 4466 Extension 6203. Find us on Facebook

Meet the team

Shirley Tuteao

Takawaenga Māori (Māori Student Support Coordinator) Tainui-Waikato Graduated: BA Te Reo Māori and Education Studies

Renee Nyman

Tēnā Koutou Katoa. Ko Taranaki te Maunga. Ko Kapuni te Awa. Ko Aotea te Waka. Ko Ngā Ruahine te Iwi. Ko Ngāti Manu Hiakai Te Hapu. Ko Renee Nyman Tōku Ingoa. Kia Ora, I am 22 years old and my hometown is Wanganui. I am currently in my fourth and final year at the University of Waikato studying a Conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Secondary School Teaching and a Bachelor of Sport, Health and Human Performance with a minor in Dance. Within my degree I have a real passion for Physiology and Anatomy and I have found that these have been my strengths over the course of my degree. My interests include catching up with whānau and friends, a wide range of sports especially adrenaline seeking activities, travelling, DIY crafts and reading.

Gloria Clarke

Waitaha-a-Hei; Tūhourangi-ki-Otukawa MSpLS (1st class Hons); BLS (1st class Hons) Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. I’m a mother of four boys and am currently writing up my SpLS PhD thesis which focuses on answering the question: How might the extracurricular activity patterns and narratives of successful young Māori men inform parents raising young Māori boys? I’ve worked as a contract event manager, for Les Mills, the New Zealand Institute of Sport, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in radio, and for different tribal organisations. When supporting students I focus a lot on comprehension and assignment structure. Pai Marire

Dr Renée Gilgen

Waikato-Tainui. PhD in Education, Master of Education (1st class hons), PGDipEd (Distinction: Managing Behaviours in Schools), BTchLn. I am an experienced school teacher, Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) and syndicate leader within primary and intermediate education contexts. I continued to study in both part-time and full-time capacities while teaching as well as raising three ‘young adults’. My research interests include culturally located PLD in schools, Māori teachers and students positioned in English-medium school contexts, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and education, Indigenous identities and culturally responsive teacher attitudes and behaviours. Ngā mihinui ki a koutou katoa

Nathan Rahui

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Nathan Rahui tōku ingoa. I am 22 years old from Whangarei. I’m currently in my third year at Waikato, studying a conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Secondary School Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts – with a major in English and a minor in Māori. I find my strong areas to be within essay structure – including grammar and comprehension. In my spare time, I love spending time with friends and whānau, catching up on tv shows/movies, going to the beach and being active. I look forward to working with other students to ensure the success of all Māori in 2017. Ngā mihi manahau!

Denni Rangihuna

Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Porou Tēnā koutou katoa. I am 19 years old from Gisborne Te Tairāwhiti. I am currently in my second year at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelors degree in a Bachelor of Sport, Health and Human Performance. My goal is to become a secondary school teacher by completing a Masters of Teaching after I graduate. I have found that my strengths as a Māori Mentor include referencing and writing structure. My interests include spending time with whānau, being active and have a huge passion for sport, including touch, netball, sevens and the list goes on. I am looking forward to working, supporting and offering help to the students here at Waikato and accelerating the success of Māori achievement. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Tyler Te Kiri

Ngāi Tuhoe.

Kia ora koutou,

Ko Tyler tōku ingoa. I am currently in my third and final year of my Bachelor of Primary Teaching degree. A few favourite pass time activities of mine include playing team sports, spending time with whanau and friends, and a bit of retail therapy. I have a huge passion for supporting and uplifting Māori, in any which way I can. My strengths would be my interpersonal skills and life experiences. A life goal of mine is to be in a position where I can empower Māori to strive in both Te Ao Pākeha and Te Ao Māori. I look forward to working with all Māori students and helping them in any which way I can.

Māuri ora whānau!

Joshua Wetere

Ngaati Hauaa, Ngaati Paoa, Ngaati Hikairo. Ki ngaa maunga whakahii, ki ngaa awa whakairo whenua, ki ngaa waka maataa o te motu, nei raa te mihi matakuikui ki a koutou, ootira, ki a taatou katoa. I am an ex Te Tohu Paetahi student of the class 2015, and currently in my second year studying a Bachelor of Teaching Kakano Rua. Beyond my role as a student and Maaori mentor here at Te Whare Waananga o Waikato, I am also a father of three beautiful girls. My strengths are te reo Maaori (Waikato Tainui dialect) and assessment writing, furthermore, I have experience in the first year papers of the Kakano Rua programme. My interests consist of whaanau, music, and keeping active. It is an honour to have the opportunity to assist you in your journey to success, and I’m look forward to seeing Maaori thrive in this ever changing world. Mauri ora!

Chayce Skudder

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Tainui Tēnā koutou katoa. I am currently in my last year as an undergrad in the Sport, Health, and Human Performance program. My degree has a second major of Sociology, through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Halfway through my studies I took time off and spent 18 months in Brazil as a service missionary. The Brazilian people fostered my passion to help others reach their potential, and now I am excited to have the opportunity to do that amongst my own people through the Māori Mentoring Unit! I am a big believer of striving to make bad things good, and good things better, so no matter what stage we are in there is always room for improvement. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Shea McCarthy

Waikato – Tainui Kia ora Koutou, I am currently in my third year of my Bachelor of Primary Teaching degree. I am a mama of four tamariki, who keep me super busy and grounded. I love seeing our Māori people succeed and reach their potential, and look forward to working with students to help them achieve this. I believe my strengths include planning, essay structure, specifically unpacking questions and identifying the main aspects needed in a quality assignment. As well as this motivating and inspiring students to believe and succeed. I look forward to working with Māori students to help them achieve their goals. Nga Mihi Nui ki a koutou!


A variety of resources are available for students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Faculty of Education.

Access to course books & readings – pukapuka parapara

  • These books and other resources are available for any tauira of Te Kura Toi Tangata to use under the supervision of the mentor anytime throughout the year. While we want you to feel comfortable and at ease in Te Ruma, there are a couple of ground rules that we must stipulate.
  • These books and course readings can be used by any tauira of Te Kura Toi Tangata, but they must not be taken out of TC1.10.
  • If an appointment has been made to visit the kaiāwhina, students using the books must leave at least five minutes before the appointment starts.
  • See also Teaching Resource Library

Postgraduate student support. Through our Takawaenga Māori (mentoring coordinator) we can assist postgraduate students by offering support with:

  • Academic issues – enrolment procedures and options, courses, suggestions for supervisors, assignments, tests, exams, academic writing methods, study difficulties and any other academic support
  • Organisation of extra tutorials, workshops and study wānanga
  • Hui whakawhanaungatanga organisation and social sporting occasions
  • Academic wānanga – handouts after wānanga and consultation visits with a mentor
  • Paper and departmental information
  • Study space on campus – computers for Internet access with kaiāwhina
  • Information Centre
  • Research Ethics Review Process

Faculty & University student support In addition to Faculty of Education student support there are a variety of University student support services. For PhD students there is MAI ki Waikato


Support Services Available
We offer:
  • Academic support and advice
  • Workshops
  • Study Skills and motivation
  • Scholarship information
  • Concerns and issues
  • Pastoral care and moral support
  • Research support
  • Library skills support
  • Links to other support services
  • Social events e.g Hakinakina (interschool sports) Kaitahi