Te Pūtahi Atawhai

Get the most out of your university experience by signing up for academic mentoring, Study Wānanga or getting advice from our friendly staff.


Te Pūtahi Atawhai has culturally safe places where Māori and Pasifika students can study and seek advice.

Kelburn campus—Level 2, Student Union Building

Staff are available for appointments, or you can just drop in. The rooms are open from 9am, and include:

  • quiet study spaces
  • study spaces where you can have discussions
  • a deck to study on
  • mentoring rooms
  • a large computer suite with printers.

Pipitea campus—RHMZ18

Make an appointment to have a chat with a staff member. These rooms are open from 9am and contain a student study space as well as a computer and printer.

Students can also use Te Pū Umanga Tabua, a Māori and Pasifika study space next door in RHMZ19.


Advice and holistic success

If you are a Māori or Pasifika student in need of advice about any aspect of university life, talk to Te Pūtahi Atawhai’s staff. They work within Māori and Pasifika cultural frameworks and look at every situation in the context of you as a whole. Drop in for wananga or tahaloa.

They can design your own “kete”: an individual success package covering your personal, academic, family and sporting commitments.

Talk to them about:

  • financial support and scholarships
  • time management and learning action plans
  • course guidance
  • study support
  • advocacy
  • staying well and being resilient
  • postgraduate study.

Academic mentoring

Te Pūtahi Atawhai’s academic mentoring programme connects students at any level of study who want academic advice and guidance to student mentors who have achieved good grades. Find out how to get academic mentoring or become a mentor.

Study Wānanga

Study Wananga is held for Māori and Pasifika students from the Faculty of Commerce and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences during Study Week. Find out more about Study Wānanga and how to get involved.


Throughout the academic year Te Pūtahi Atawhai puts on social events for its students, such as sausage sizzles, workshops and celebrations. Stop into the office or check CareerHub to see what’s coming up.

Postgraduate support

Te Pūtahi Atawhai can give Māori and Pasifika postgraduate students opportunities to network and help them engage with relevant on-campus services. Talk to a staff member if you’re interested.