Māori ki Waikato


E ngā waka
Kia maiangi tārewa i te awa o Waikato.
Hukehukea te hoe o te mātauranga kia pou titia
Toi ake ki te papa o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Nau mai, haere mai!

Māori leaders play a significant role in shaping our nation — and more will be called upon to support the shaping of the generations to come. As our future leaders this is a time for you to further develop and refine your skills, expand and strengthen your knowledge base, build relationships and prepare for a career and life beyond study.

Coming to university can be daunting but we want you to know that there is a whānau here committed to supporting your success. Māori students are visible and actively engaged in all aspects of university life, through a dedicated leadership role in the Waikato Students’ Union, Māori student groups across the University of Waikato and Pūtikitiki — our Māori student space.

Alongside our student rōpū is the Māori ki Waikato whānau. Our collective goal is to assist you as you strive for success for you, your whānau, communities, marae, hapū and iwi.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. Pai Mārire.

Dr Sarah Jane Tiakiwai
Te Ihorangi Māori, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori

Te Kāhui Pīrere programme for first year Māori students

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


Te Kāhui Pīrere

Te Kāhui Pīrere helps to ensure first-year Māori students have the best start possible at the University.

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 dedicated to supporting Māori students transition from the comforts of home, beneath the wings of their whānau, into their new life and whānau at university.

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.

Te Puna Tautoko

Here at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, we have a huge network of Māori staff and students to support you on your journey.

In addition to our Māori Mentoring services based in the Faculty or Divisions, our Te Puna Tautoko members also work in our central services. Find help in a range of areas including essay writing, referencing, using the library, student health, student advocacy.

Innovative Teaching and Learning

Get information on study skills, university technology support and free courses.


Get help with medical issues, counselling, violence prevention, sexual health and more.

Library staff

Find out more about navigating the library resources, referencing, tips and tours.


Get help with career planning, CVs, interview skills, career fairs, employer campus visits.


Use the scholarship finder and contact us for help on improving your application.


Learn more about student advocacy and support at the home of your Vice-President Māori.


Prospective student information and opportunities to assist in recruitment activities. Contact our Future Student Adviser (Māori) at maori-recruitment@waikato.ac.nz


Home of the Māori ki Waikato team and a number of tauira programmes and events. Call 0800 WAIKATO, email dvcmaori@waikato.ac.nz or find us on Facebook or Instagram.


Social, sporting or academic — there's a club or group that will be the right fit for you.


Book Te Kohinga Mārama Marae

The University’s marae provides a high standard of catering and hospitality service. A support facility for the University, the marae serves the teaching, learning and cultural needs of our community — and is available for bookings.


Te Hononga ā Kiwa

Te Hononga ā Kiwa aims to increase Māori business capability and awareness and to improve Māori business engagement in the North Asia, the Southeast Asia and the Latin America regions through Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence.