'Me he manu pīrere e whakarere ana i tōna kōhanga'

Like a baby bird leaving their nest, Te Kāhui Pīrere is a new programme at the University of Waikato dedicated to supporting Māori students transition from the comforts of home, beneath the wings of their whānau, into their new life and whānau at the University.

We’ve talked to current students and created a programme we know will help you in your first year. You’ll learn things like how to understand your degree structure, how to prepare for University exams and even some budgeting advice towards the end of the year for those who are going flatting.

Being a part of a wider kāhui that supports and nurtures you can be the best thing to help you get through – it’s your whānau away from home.

What's involved?

The programme will involve workshops, social events and regular check-ins during trimesters. All students are expected to attend these events.  Exceptional circumstances will obviously be taken into consideration.

How do I get in?

Ideally students will be:

  • Enrolled in their first year of degree level study i.e. preferably a school leaver.
  • Of Māori descent and enrolled as a Māori student – This is a minimum (there is no requirement to be a reo speaker or to be an expert in tikanga Māori/te ao Māori)
  • Able to commit to a kaupapa and to excelling in their studies.
  • Positive and open to new experiences and meeting new people

We’re open to all students who fit the above criteria but are particularly interested in those who come from rural communities, those who are enrolled in any of the sciences or those who are living off campus.

Further information

More info and updates can be found on Māori Ki Waikato