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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:

Te Huka Mātauraka (Māori Centre)

Te Huka Mātauraka 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).

Kaitakawaenga Māori (Māori Liaison Officer)

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:

Kaitakawaeka Māori/Māori Community Liaison Officer
Frank Edwards
Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūhoe, Kāi Tahu
03 479 8505
021 279 8505

Kaitakawaeka Māori/Māori Community Liaison Officer
Grace Latimer
Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu,Te Aupōuri
09 373 9731
021 279 9731

For information about the following areas please click on the links. 

Academic Programmes

For more information on the range of academic programmes offered through the University of Otago please click on the link.

Te Tumu (School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies)

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 the website link.

Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Division of Sciences
Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Division of Health Sciences
Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support
Samantha Feeney
03 479 4119

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

Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Otago Business School/School of Business
Kaiārahi Māori/Māori Student Support
03 479 5342

Māori Postgraduate Advisor

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


Go to the following for more information on Accommodation at Otago

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.

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.

Te Rōpū Māori

To find out more about the Māori Students’ Association or contact them on Ph 479 8563.

Māori Student Departmental Groups

Māori Law Students Association - Te Whai Pūtake
Māori Medical Students Association  - Te Oranga ki Ōtākou
Psychology Students Association - Te Kōhanga Māori
Māori Zoology Students Association 
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

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.

For personal advice, contact Yvonne Gaut, one of the Career Advisors, on 479 9149 or yvonne.gaut@otago.ac.nz