Te Āhurutanga Māori Student Leadership Programme

This programme allows students to gain learning and understanding beyond the classroom environment. It provides:

  • a space to foster relationships;
  • opportunities for professional development;
  • community engagement; and
  • help to explore the complexities of being a young Māori in te ao hurihuri, this ever-changing world.

Visit to Hinemihi with Master Weaver Whaea Edna Pahewa

Te Puia with Te Āhurutanga 2021 cohort

Programme Details


To enable Māori students at the University of Waikato, to become global citizens, leaders and role models in te ao Māori, te ao mātauranga and te ao whānui.


  • Tikanga/te reo Māori: Upholding and celebrating our culture through the use of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
  • Taumata: Encouraging high achievement and excellence that breeds success in all areas.
  • Tuakana-teina: Providing an open and positive environment where knowledge and understanding can be exchanged between new participants, Alumni and previous programme participants.
  • Whanaungatanga: Providing opportunities to connect and engage with others.
  • Whanaketanga: Navigating future pathways that can contribute to the advancement of Māori individuals and communities.
  • Rangatiratanga: Building the confidence and capability of participants.

Celebrating Matariki ki Maniapoto 2021


The Te Āhurutanga Māori Student Leadership Programme will give you the opportunity to create and design a project initiative that will impact the community you are passionate about.  No idea is too big or too small.

It will focus on four key areas of learning:

  1. Ngā pūkenga – Capability building
  2. Ngā taonga tuku iho – Cultural empowerment
  3. Ngā hapori whānui – Community engagement
  4. Ngā hononga – Strengthening connections

Tree planting with Waiora River care


  • Demonstrate basic attributes and understanding of Māori cultural practices and protocols (i.e., tikanga, kawa, relationships and the interconnectedness of iwi, hapū & whānau)
  • Demonstrate awareness of Māori perspectives and values on a topical issue
  • Investigate leadership practices
  • Identify resources in order to be an effective leader
  • Use an activity assessment to demonstrate leadership skills such as integrity, communication, vision, resilience, and confidence in the community

Waiata and karakia wānanga at Waipatoto

Further information

For any further questions please email the Programme Coordinator, Ruameto Hamiora [email protected]