Faculty of Architecture and Design


Kia ora, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Taloha ni, Talofa lava, Lakwe, Ko na mauri, Ia orana, Aloha

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe nā Te Rōpū Āwhina!


Te Rōpū Āwhina is a whanau for students studying at Victoria University’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Design Faculties. 

Our kaupapa (principle) is to produce Maori and Pacific architects and designers who will go on to contribute to the development of their communities. 

It’s not a service; it’s about people and collective success and welcomes anyone who will contribute to the building of Āwhina.

Te Rōpū Āwhina members are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate levels who, along with staff, function as a whanau. 

Whanau members work as a collective and practice reciprocity, they are expected to have:

  • High aspirations
  • High expectations
  • High achievements

Our whanau values are:

  • Kotahitanga (unity)
  • Whanaungatanga (kinship)
  • Manaakitanga (safe-keeping)
  • Kaitiakitanga (guardianship)

Āwhina has two components, on-campus and outreach into Maori and Pacific communities and local low decile high schools.



There are four CAD/Design workstation computers, a drawing board, meeting table and chairs, located within the Āwhina room.  If you require more information regarding our whanau room facilities please email the coordinator.


Access Hours

Students can access the whanau room any time the Te Aro Campus is open.  Please contact the coordinator to arrange access.


Contact Details

David Hakaraia
Senior Āwhina Coordinator
Victoria University Architecture and Design Faculty
139 Vivian Street
Te Aro Campus


Room VS123
Ph 04 463 6172
Mob 027 563 6172


See our website more information and a snapshot of Te Rōpū Āwhina.