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Te Piringa Mentoring Programmes

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law offers mentoring services to its International, Māori, and Pacific Island Students.

International Mentor

An international mentor is available to provide assistance to all international students studying Law.

Pacific Island Student Mentor

Keana Fletcher-Matthews

Talofa lava! My name is Keana and I am in my fifth year of a conjoint Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (double majoring in Political Science and Social Policy). I hope that I can use my experiences to help other students. I know how stressful exam time can be, how tricky it can be to balance everything and that sometimes, life can just be overwhelming! I'm here to help so please don't hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Maori Student Mentors

The Maori Mentors are trained and experienced University students who offer academic support and pastoral care to Maori law students. Each Mentor has been assigned to a specific year group, but can also answer queries in relation to papers from Year 1-4. 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 N.3.05 (Law Faculty), or email them on maorimentors.law@hotmail.com

You can find out more about Te Whakahiapo here.

No reira e hoa ma, kaua e whakama. Nau mai, haere mai.

Savanna Hiha

Ko Heipipi tōku maunga

Ko Waiohinanga tōku awa

Ko Tākitimu tōku waka

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Whanganui-a-Orotū tōku iwi

Ko Ngāti Matepu tōku hapū

Ko Petane tōku marae

Ko Savanna Hiha ahau

I am a fourth-year student, planning to graduate from my LLB with Honours (minor in Social Policy) in December.

This is my second year as a Māori Mentor, a role I take very seriously. After seeing the amount of help provided to both myself and my friends through the mentoring service in my first and second years, I wanted to be able to give back in the same way. My aim as a mentor is to make Māori tauira feel comfortable in their studies by providing academic assistance. My belief is that all Māori tauira have the capacity to achieve to a high standard, and I am here to help them do that.

I do not have a specific legal area which I am interested in at this time, but in my Honours papers I am focusing on both Charity Law and Information Technology.

Ngā mihi maioha.


Brayden Palethorpe

Ko Moehau tōku maunga

Ko Tikapa tōku moana

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Ko Ngāti Maru tōku iwi

Ko Ngāti Te Aute tōku hapū

Ko Matai Whetū tōku marae

Ko Brayden Palethorpe tōku ingoa

I am a fourth-year law student studying an LLB with Honours. I am planning to graduate during 2021 upon completion of my 500 level papers.

This is my first year as a Māori Mentor. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to assist our tauira through their journey at law school. I have found the Māori mentoring service to be an invaluable resource during my time at Te Piringa; from academic support, to general advice and a place for a good yarn!

I encourage our Māori students to make the most of any opportunity which comes their way. I especially encourage all of our students to put their name forward for internships during the penultimate year of their degree. In my view, there is no substitute for practical legal experience in preparing yourself to graduate. I believe all of our Māori students are more than capable if they are willing to give it their all!

My interests in law are open, but I do have an interest in exploring the avenue of commercial law in the future.

Ngā mihi maioha


Jasmyn Pearson

Tēnei te tangi taweke ki ā rātou tē hokia te whai ao nei, tahuri ana ki a tātau te hunga kiko, tātau e kawe nei i ngā wawata o rātau kua wehe ki tua o te ārai.

E te hunga tauira māori o Te Piringa – tēnā tātau!

I’m Jasmyn, in my fourth year of the LLB (Hons) – I’m one of those ‘mature’ students you will see lurking around the faculty most definately carrying a packed lunch and snacks.

Ōku herenga whakapapa - Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Whānau-ā-Tūwhakairiora, Ngāti Hine.

I’m the Year 1 Māori Mentor. But my kuaha is open to all.

I can help you with pretty much anything, general academic support, specific law topic support, study systems, a shoulder to lean on when you get hōhā of the pākeha ways of law, and how to make pāraoa parai. For real though, students gotta eat.

And if I can’t help you with something – I’ll find out where you can get the help.

Kaua e whakamā! Come and see me up at Te Piringa.


Indianna Ross

Kia ora te te iwi! Ko Ngāti Kahu te iwi, Ngāti Tara te hapū. Ko Indianna tōku ingoa. I am a Māori Mentor this year, this is my second year in the role. I also sit on the Te Whakahiapo Board as secretary, I was PR officer last year. I am a fourth year tauira studying a Bachelor of Laws minoring in Te Reo Māori. Areas of law that most interest me are environmental law and how this intertwines with te ao Māori, as well as dispute resolution.

I became a Māori Mentor as the programme helped me so much in my first two years at University and I want to pay the aroha forward to our teina. This aroha is the foundation of Te Piringa and I hope through my mahi with Te Whakahiapo and Māori Mentors this legacy will be strong for many years. Ngā mihi!

Ngā mihi maioha,

Indianna