Academic mentoring

Te Pūtahi Atawhai’s academic mentoring programme pairs Māori and Pasifika students with a student mentor who has achieved good grades.


Academic mentoring is available through Te Pūtahi Atawhai to Māori and Pasifika students at any level of study in these faculties:

  • Victoria Business School
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

There are other mentoring programmes available for students in the Faculty of Law or the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Design.

Join the mentoring programme


Complete the Te Pūtahi Atawhai commerce or humanities and social sciences’ mentee application form on CareerHub. Log in with your usual University username and password.

You can sign up to get mentoring in the first two weeks of each trimester. 


Find out more about what it takes to become a mentor and apply.   

How mentoring works

Mentoring sessions are around one hour long and usually held in one of Te Pūtahi Atawhai’s rooms.

Discussion is driven by the mentee(s), who should come prepared with questions or topics they would like to discuss. Mentors can provide guidance, give tips and share their experiences.

Te Pūtahi Atawhai staff do their best to match mentors and mentees who will work well together.  

Expectations of mentees

  • Commit to the programme and attend weekly sessions.
  • Come prepared to each session.
  • Attend a short induction and training session. 

Types of mentoring


  • Open to undergraduate students. 
  • A mentee will be matched with a trained mentor who has passed the course with a B+ or higher. 
  • Decide together how often and where you will meet. 


Mentoring groups are arranged based on demand. They are usually created for popular courses and meet weekly.

Up to 10 mentees will be matched with one or two mentors per session. If you sign up and miss sessions, you might lose your place in the group.

If you would like to sign up for group mentoring, talk to a staff member before the mid-term break about what courses will be covered, then register above. 


  • Ideal for self-motivated students who just want some guidance around assignments.
  • No regular session times.
  • Minimum contact once every three weeks.
  • Contact method determined by mentee’s needs, eg. via email, Skype, or meeting in person.