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Te Toi o Matariki - Māori Graduate Excellence Programme

Te Toi o Matariki, he ara whānui he ara tiketike


He karanga maioha tēnei ki ngā tauira Māori o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato e whai nei i ngā tohu hōnore, ngā tohu paerua rānei. Nau mai, piki mai ki ngā momo huinga tautoko e whakaatu nei i raro i te maru o Te Toi o Matariki!


Te Toi o Matariki (the Māori Graduate Excellence Programme) is designed to support and encourage Māori excellence at the graduate and postgraduate level of studies.

The programme supports Māori students by:

  • encouraging entry into graduate and post-graduate studies;  ​
  • providing initiatives that strengthen research capability;
  • providing positive networking opportunities and forums for discussion and dialogue.

The five initiatives that support the programme are:

1. Te Toi o Matariki Workshop Series

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori office coordinates a range of workshops aimed at supporting graduate study and research. Such workshops can focus on writing, scholarships, or thesis structure. These workshops also provide a space where students can wānanga, kōrero or tuhituhi. Dates and times are emailed out to all current Graduate students.

2. Te Toi o Matariki Masters Presentations

Māori Masters students will have the opportunity to share and present their research. Two significant events that are hosted throughout the year enable the opportunity for our students to present their research: (1) Tukana Kia Rere; and (2) Te Toi o Matariki Symposium. Tukana Kia Rere is a new initiative that challenges students to present their research in just three minutes in front of a live audience. Te Toi o Matariki Symposium is an original initiative that has evolved over the last two years, and offers students a safe environment to present their research (conference style) and/or in poster form.

3. Te Toi o Matariki Writing Retreats

The Te Toi o Matariki writing retreats provide quality conditions for Māori Graduate and Postgraduate students to complete a substantial piece of scholarly writing.

4. Faculty-based Support Initiatives

Each Faculty/School provides support for Māori Graduate and Postgraduate students. For more information regarding these please contact your relevant Māori mentoring unit. The details of each mentoring unit are available on the menu to the left.

5. Te Pūtea Tautoko

The purpose of Te Pūtea Tautoko is to enhance academic success for Māori students who have proven academic potential but are experiencing financial constraints or other special circumstances. The value of the Award will be up to $3,000.

To be kept up to date via email regarding the various Te Toi o Matariki initiatives and to RSVP for any of the central workshops, please email your name and programme of study to ttom@waikato.ac.nz

On behalf of the Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori Office, we wish you the best in your graduate studies.