Te Pūoho ki Te Wānanga Toi Tangata

Te Kura Toi Tangata me te Te Huataki Waiora Māori Mentoring Unit

Te Kura Toi Tangata | School of Education

Te Kura Toi Tangata me te Te Huataki Waiora mentoring units are a roopū tautoko providing academic (eg. workshops), pastoral and procedural support to School of Education and School of Health, Sport and Human Performance Māori students.

Our kaiāwhina have completed the work that you are doing and are familiar with the schools 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 and Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance 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)
0800 924 5286 (extension 6203)
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Meet the team

Shirley Tuteao

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

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!

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!



A variety of resources are available for students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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.

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

School & University student support In addition to the School of Education support system, there are a variety of University student support services.

Support Services Available

  • 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