Te Rau Tauawhi - Māori Student Centre services

Nau mai rā e   We invite the name
Te Rau Tauawhi Te Rau Tauawhi
ki te poipoi i ngā wawata mō a tātou that embraces the aspirations for our
tauira Māori Māori students.
Haere mai rā We welcome
Te Rau Tauawhi Te Rau Tauawhi
me te whakaaro nui ki nga hiahia as an acknowledgement of the visions
o ngā mātua tupuna held by our ancestors
kia tupu tauawhitia ngā tauira that our students might be nurtured and supported
e ngā āhuatanga o te whare wānanga. by all aspects of higher learning.


Te Rau Tauawhi aims to ‘Enhance and Inspire Māori Educational Success’

Office hours

Our staff are available between 10am and 4pm daily and are based in the Māori student spaces on each campus. Although staff are around during these hours, students can see us about having after hours access to these student spaces. 

Māori student spaces

There is a space for Māori students on each of our Wellington, Manawatū and Auckland campuses. These spaces provide a place where Māori students can study, relax and meet other Māori students at Massey. Kitchen facilities are available if students wish to prepare kai and shower a bathroom facilities are also available.

Māori student orientation

Our year begins with a powhiri followed by a one to two night (depending on campus) noho marae for first year Māori students. We deliver this orientation programme in partnership with Māori student associations.

Māori orientation does not end there. We provide further activities and support throughout the first six weeks of semester to increase whanaungatanga and ensure that Māori students receive the best possible start to study as a Māori@Massey student.

Māori student mentoring and academic programmes

We are commited to supporting academic excellence. As well as supporting academic support programmes within each of the colleges, Te Rau Tauawhi has academic mentors based in each of the three Māori student spaces who also support our distance students. 

Māori postgraduate student support

An important aim for Māori@Massey is to increase the number and proportion of Māori students studying at postgraduate level. We offer an academic support programme for Māori postgraduate students and we work with colleges to also support students enrolled in doctorate programmes including research based degrees as well as taught and professional doctorates. Importantly we work closely with Massey’s Graduate Research School to support Māori postgraduate students. We support Māori postgraduate students by:

  • Facilitating access to resources offered by the University
  • Offering support to individual students
  • Providing advice on scholarships
  • Facilitating opportunities for Māori students to meet other Māori postgraduate students and staff at Massey

Events partnerships with Māori student associations

We co-deliver events in partnership with Māori student associations on each campus. Events include activities celebrating Matariki, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Massey’s Open Days, Graduate Whanaungatanga Evenings and Celebrating Success events. 

Māori student facilitation service

We provide facilitation services to help students navigate the services and communities available to Māori students. These include:

  • College-based academic supports
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Counselling and health services
  • Career services
  • Library services
  • Advocacy

Weekly kai and kōrero

Each week we hold whakawhanaunga sessions with kai and kōrero on each campus. We are working on delivering these weekly sessions to distance students throughout the regions.

Evening study wānanga

We delivery a variety of drop in study wānanga most evenings. These study wānanga, delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching and Learning cover a variety of topics including APA referencing, exam preparation, and assignment planning. We also deliver evening drop in sessions focused on support for 100-level core courses. 

Online support

We have Facebook, Instagram and Adobe Connect. Māori students can use these online services to connect in, see what events are coming up and see what we have been up to.

Whānau support

Whānau are also welcome to contact Te Rau Tauawhi for any pātai about our services, or support to navigate the university

Contact us

See our Contact us page to find out how to contact us and where we are located.

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey