Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua was established in 1998 to increase Māori participation in institutions in the South Island and to ensure high quality course content for Māori tertiary students. The company was formed against a background of:
- Low achievement and participation rates for Māori in tertiary education;
- A mixed standard of course content for Māori studying in South Island tertiary institutions; and
- Confusion among these institutions about how to meet their Treaty of Waitangi obligations.
About Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua is a joint venture consisting of five of the South Island's tertiary institutions and the South Island iwi, Ngāi Tahu, which are working together to support Māori development and aspirations.
The institutions include:
- University of Canterbury
- CPIT (Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology)
- Lincoln University
- University of Otago
- Otago Polytechnic
The partners share a commitment to increase access, participation and achievement in tertiary education for Māori, and encourages excellence in scholarship, research and personal development.
Te Tapuae is the 'collaboration vehicle' for the partners to explore and apply ways of thinking and action that aspire to the mission of the partnership. It provides a 'hub' to coordinate initiatives and provide leadership across the partnership on educational opportunities for Māori.
The ultimate goal is to produce graduates taught under the principles of tohungatanga, which follows the traditions of the Whare Wānanga combined with modern academic convention. For more information see Te Tapuae o Rehua's website.
Support for Students
Te Tapuae also provides support for secondary and tertiary students, as well as administering a number of grants, scholarships and awards.