Māori student services

Staff, services and groups committed to providing you with the environment and guidance to make university a positive experience. Unumia i te puna tauwhiro.

Maori student services


Āwhina is the on-campus whānau for Māori students to work together to share their knowledge, achieve academic success, and build strong communities and leaders. At Āwhina, our kaupapa (goal) is to help students successfully transition from secondary education or work into tertiary education, and to provide academic support for Māori students enrolled at the University.

Our experienced staff offer one-to-one advising and mentoring sessions, tutorials, study wānanga, and a range of workshops to help you achieve your study goals. Our culturally inclusive environment includes whānau rooms with computer facilities, study areas, kitchen facilities, and space to meet with peers or tuākana (older students).

Faculty and School services

Faculties and Schools within the University offer a range of services specifically for Māori students, including mentoring, study groups and support staff.

Ngāi Tauira

Ngāi Tauira—the Māori students’ association, represents the interests of tauira Māori studying at Victoria University.

Ngāi Tauira provides a number of services to tauira from advocacy and support, providing scholarships and funding, representation of academic boards and councils, national representation, social networking and pastoral support.

There are other students' associations and networks available to assist you, such as MAI ki Pōneke for Māori postgraduate students, visit the student rōpu page for more details.

Student support services

At Victoria, we offer a wide range of services for all students, so you have the support you need to ensure a successful university experience.

The following services are just some of the services open to all students enrolled at Victoria:

For a full list of support services that you can access, check out the student services and support page.