Māori Student Services

Nau Mai Haere Mai!

Welcome to FASS. The Faculty offers orientation activities, academic tutoring, mentoring, programme and course advice, study wānanga and other helpful initiatives for Māori students through Te Aka Matua. We also hold whakawhanaungatanga activities, or social get-togethers, throughout the year to bring Māori students together, usually with a mean kai on the side.

While you are here the Takawaenga Māori/Mentor Coordinator is your first point of contact regarding any queries or issues arising from your study within the Faculty. Students come in to get course advice, help with degree planning, scholarship application sign offs and academic advice. If there is anything you need while you study here, the Takawaenga Māori can help you out.

Te Aka Matua/Māori Mentors

Te Aka Matua is a team of Mentors/Kaiāwhina from various departments within the Faculty. The aim of Te Aka Matua is to provide comprehensive and coordinated support to Māori students in FASS, including graduate and post-graduate students. Our office is in JK.2.02 - Te Rūma - which is open daily. If you have any questions, drop in and talk to one of the team, no appointment needed. Alternately, you can email us

Online support

Te Aka Matua have Moodle and Facebook as online forums for students to communicate with the mentors or with each other. Check in often to keep up-to-date with events and study wānanga.

Study wānanga / workshops

In collaboration with Student Learning we will host various workshops especially APA referencing, time management, exam preparation and essay writing. Get in touch to request further workshops. The Mentors also run study workshops for specific subjects as required.

Other Events

Te Aka Matua holds various social events to facilitate whakawhanaungatanga among Māori students. During the year keep an eye out for

  • Coffee Club
  • Hakinakina
  • Celebrating Success luncheon
  • Matariki celebrations
  • Kingitanga Day
  • And much more

Māori Graduate and Postgraduate Students

You form a significant group at the University and contribute a feeling of diversity and life experience to the campus community. You are also an important part of the research culture of the University.

Here at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, we have Māori students embarking on higher qualifications in all sorts of disciplines. While the subjects within the Faculty may be diverse, we strive to create a sense of whakawhanaungatanga between our graduate and postgraduate students.

At graduate level, you begin to enjoy an intellectual independance, but you can also feel a sense of isolation from your fellow students. We are here to help to combat that sense of isolation, as well as assist you on your academic journey.

Below is a list of resources and support services that are available specifically to you as a Māori graduate or postgraduate student at FASS. We really encourage you to engage with the support on offer - we want to make your time here at University a positive and enjoyable experience, and to help you get the absolute most out of it.

Kura Kete Aronui Contestable Conference Fund

The Faculty offers a contestable fund that graduate and postgraduate students, along with high-achieving level-300 students, can use to attend national conferences pertinent to their studies. The Mentor Coordinator can advise on how to apply for the contributory grant, or email us on for an application form.

Te Toi o Matariki Conference

Te Toi o Matariki provides Waikato University Māori graduate students with a supportive and encouraging academic environment from which to present their current research. The objective of the conference each year is to highlight the diverse and exciting research being embarked upon by our Māori graduates, while also providing networking and whanaungatanga opportunities. A panel of Māori academic staff review the presentations and outstanding student presenters are awarded commendations. The Faculty has a coordinated presence at the conference, so please contact us if you are interested in either presenting at or attending the conference. For the presenters, we can organise seminars and/or practice sessions so that you can feel comfortable and confident when you showcase your mahi at the conference.

Networking Evenings

Te Aka Matua hosts graduate networking events throughout the year. These include a Graduate Dinner, Brunch and writing workshops. We hope to create a network of links between the different subjects that you can tap into throughout your graduate study, and create a sense of whanaungatanga to alleviate some of the isolation some of you may be experiencing.