Te Piringa Mentoring Programmes
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law offers mentoring services to its International, Māori, and Pacific Island Students.
The international mentor is available to provide assistance to all international students studying Law.
I’m the 2016 International Student Mentor. I’m in my fourth year of study at the University of Waikato, completing a conjoint degree with Communication Studies (BCS/LLB(Hons)).
I grew up in Morrinsville, a small farming town just thirty minutes away from Hamilton. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to study overseas previously – I completed an exchange to Salt Lake City, Utah during my high school years and travelled to Surabaya, Indonesia last year as a member of Te Piringa’s delegation. I love to travel and am really interested in hearing about your experiences living and studying overseas!
I am President of WULSA this year. You are always welcome to pop in, introduce yourself and we can have a chat about how your studies are going. Get in touch if you have any questions or need advice.
You can find Kate in office LAW.G.16 or on 0800 WAIKATO ext.7606
Pacific Island Student Mentor
Aloha kakou! Talofa! Bula vinaka! Malo e lelei! Kia orana! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Ekamawir omo!
My name is Keakaokawai Varner Hemi. My roots are in La’ie, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, but I completed my LLB here at Waikato as an adult learner with a husband, kids and a mortgage so I understand the challenges of undergraduate study.
More recently, I submitted my PhD thesis which explores indigenous education rights in terms of Native Hawaiians, liberal theory and domestic and international law.
I’ve previously really enjoyed working as a PLSA tutor and the Pacific Island Mentor. This year I am here to help and look forward to getting to know our first and second year Pacific Island students.
You can find Keaka in office LAW.G.16 or on 0800 WAIKATO ext.7606
Maori Student Mentors
The Maori student mentors are trained and experienced University students and graduates who offer support and advocacy for tauira Maori on any matter. Each Mentor has been assigned to specific papers but can also answer queries in relation to any papers from Year 1-4 as well as support graduate students. The Mentors are very friendly and will provide you with the best advice they can. If you wish to see a Mentor, either visit their office hours in LAW.G.18, or email them. Our Mentors are also part of Te Whakahiapo (Maori Law Students Association), which meets every Wednesday during cultural hour in N.3.05.
No reira e hoa ma, kaua e whakama. Nau mai, haere mai.