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Nau mai, haere mai, tahuti mai ki Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo!

There are many reasons why you will feel good about your decision to study at Otago:

In addition there is strong support for students and whānau from within the University’s four academic divisions and service divisions, including:

There are new and exciting academic programmes for those who want to learn more about indigenous cultures at Te Tumu, the School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

Before you come to University and if you are interested in sciences or health sciences, consider finding out about the University's Hands on Science programme for students in Years 10 and 11 at school,  or participating in a Science Wānanga (held in only some regions), or applying for Tū Kahika, which is a two semester health sciences course at Foundation Year aimed at giving students a strong background in core science subjects as well as academic skills to prepare them for university and a career in health.

Te Huka Mātauraka – Māori Centre

The Māori Centre is the heart of student life on campus providing academic, cultural, counselling and social support from pre-enrolment through to graduation and beyond. The Māori Centre is a place dedicated to supporting the participation and success of tauira Māori students (all students of Māori descent).

The Māori Centre operates from a kaupapa Māori base (Māori philosophy).

It provides services and support such as:




The Māori Centre also provides opportunities to meet other Māori students and to create an ‘Otago whānau’ on campus. It is located north of the campus at 515 & 519 Castle Street; for more information, go to the website: www.otago.ac.nz/maoricentre

Kaitakawaenga Māori – Māori Liaison

Otago has two Kaitakawaenga Māori, or Māori Liaison Officers who can assist you with course planning, enrolment and scholarships and allows you to make informed decisions towards your future pathways.

Frank Edwards is located at the Māori Centre on the Dunedin Campus and Ashley Te Whare is based at the University’s Auckland Office. Key contact details are listed below:

Kaitakawaenga Māori/Māori Community Liaison Officer
Frank Edwards
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe
03 479 8505
021 279 8505

Kaitakawaenga Māori/Māori Liaison Officer for Te Ika-a-Maui
Ashley Te Whare
Tainui waka, Ngāti Kahungunu
09 373 9731
021 279 9731

For information from the Schools' Liaison Office go to:

For more information on scholarships please go to the following website

Of particular interest to first year Māori (and Pacific Islands) students are the Māori and Pacific Islands Entrance Scholarships. These scholarships are worth $10,000 each and up to 30 scholarships are usually awarded annually (20 to 25 usually go to Māori students, and the remainder to Pacific Island students). Applications for this scholarship close on 1 September.

Download an application form:

Hands-On Science (Year 10-11)

Hands on Science is held every year.

The goal of Hands-On Science is to demonstrate, in a friendly and interactive environment, some of the activities that scientists are involved in and to encourage talented young New Zealanders to consider science as a career. Students are brought to New Zealand's oldest and most attractive university, Otago, which has an international reputation for excellence in scientific research and teaching.

Science teachers or principals are required to complete a section on the enrolment form confirming that the student has a strong interest and the potential to excel in Science. So get into it!

For more information on Hands-On Science and registration, go to:

On Campus Experience

The OCE is a programme that provides a wonderful opportunity for up to 15 Year 13 students of iwi Māori descent from around New Zealand to experience 4 days at the University of Otago in Dunedin. It's a time for students to explore the University, visit different academic divisions, attend lectures and meet staff and students. The students will experience campus environment and lifestyle.

If you are interested in the on campus programme go to the following website for more information and the application form: http://www.otago.ac.nz/prospectivestudents/oce.html

Tū Kahika

A programme which supports Māori students interested in studying Health Sciences at Foundation Year http://healthsci.otago.ac.nz/tukahika

Academic Programmes

For more information on the range of academic programmes offered through the University of Otago, go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/

Te Tumu

Te Tumu is a rapidly developing school quickly gaining an international reputation as one of the best places in New Zealand to learn about Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies. Contact administration staff on 479 8674, or go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/tetumu/

Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Division of Sciences
Kaitautoko Whakamātau
Stephen Scott
03 479 7970

Division of Health Sciences
Kaiārahi Māori/Māori Student Support
Sam Feeney

Division of Humanities
Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support
Ana Rangi
03 479 8681


School of Business
Kaiārahi Māori/Māori Student Support
Cory Bragg
03 479 5342



Māori Postgraduate Advisor

Karyn Paringātai has been appointed as the new Māori Postgraduate Advisor.  You can contact Karynfor any information relating to your study, assistance, research, hui for postgrads, or general information about studying at Otago.  Karyn's email is: karyn.paringatai@otago.ac.nz


Go to the following for more information on accommodation at Otago: http://www.otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation/index.html

Whānau Guide

The Whānau Guide is a resource for whānau, as well as students who intend to come South to study at the University of Otago. Please click the link here

Te Aka a Tāwhaki/Māori Resources Collection at the Central Library

The Māori Resources Collection acknowledges the holistic dimension of Te Ao Māori by bringing together, in one space, a collection of core Māori resources across a range of disciplines.   For more information about Te Aka a Tāwhaki, contact the Central Library.

For other Māori resource inquiries, go to: http://www.library.otago.ac.nz/services/maoriindex.html

Te Roopū Māori

To find out more about the Māori Students’ Association, contact them on 479 8563 or go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/teroopu/

Māori Student Departmental Groups

Māori Law Students Association - Te Whai Pūtake http://www.otago.ac.nz/law/links/whai_putake.html
Māori Medical Students Association  - Te Oranga ki Ōtākou
Psychology Students Association - Te Kōhanga Māori
Māori Zoology Students Association http://www.otago.ac.nz/zoology/te_ropu.html
Māori Social Work Students Association - Kā Uri o Tāne Whakapiripiri
Māori Dental Students Association  - Ngā Mokai o Ngā Whetu
Māori Commerce Students Association - Te Tai Tuara
Pharmacy Students Māori Association
Physical Education Māori Students Association
Māori Postgraduate Students Association
Te Rōpū Kapa Haka - http://www.otago.ac.nz/teroopu/

Careers Advisory Service

The Careers Advisory Service is primarily for the benefit of current students, however, graduates can use the service in the lead-up to their first full-time position. To view the full range of services that Careers Advisory provide, go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/careers/

For personal advice, contact Yvonne Gaut (Ngāti Porou/Tainui waka), one of the Career Advisors, on 479 9149 or yvonne.gaut@otago.ac.nz