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Māori & Pasifika Support

UCOL's kaupapa is to develop great graduates who make a difference wherever they work in the world, and we are here to support you and your whānau during your UCOL journey.

We tautoko/support our tauira from the word go. Our pre-enrolment conversation process 'Kōrero' for Māori/Pasifika interested in enrolling in certificate level programmes involves catch-ups with prospective students before even getting to the stage of talking about programme information. We want to ensure that you are headed for the right course, studying at the right level at the right time, in the right place, to ensure your success.

As part of Rourou Aronui, our Māori Education Strategy we collaborate closely with other student services across UCOL and with iwi and Māori/Pasifika communities to provide holistic cultural support.

Our Manawatū, Whanganui and Masterton campuses have Kaiāwhina/support staff available to work alongside Māori students during their time at UCOL. Manawatū campus also has a Pasifika support staff member available. Students at our Auckland campus also have access to our Māori and Pasifika services; access to these services can be arranged through lecturers.

Want to know more? Our team would love to meet you, pop into the whānau room on your campus or send us an email.

UCOL Manawatū


Huia Papuni-Tuhaka
Ngāti Porou/Ngāti Hine
Kaiāwhina Tahuru – Administration Support

Erica William
Ngāi Tūhoe
Kaiāwhina / Māori Student Support

Tahau Williams
Ngāti Tūwharetoa / Ngāti Raukawa
Kaitiaki Akonga / Māori Student Support

Damian Peeti
Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi / Ngā Rauru / Ngāti Rangi
Kaiawhina Akonga

Rouru Kapao 
Māori and Pacific Peoples Student Support

UCOL Whanganui


Mere Robb
Te Whanau-A-Apanui
Kaiāwhina / Māori Student Support

UCOL Masterton


Maxine Hemi
Ngāti Porou |Ngāti Kahungunu |Rangitāne
Raukura Engagement Coordinator