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Nau mai,
haere mai,
tāuti mai
Welcome to the University of Otago
Aotearoa's first university
and the first choice for more than
21,000 students.

Ki kā kārakaraka maha o te motu,                  To the many people of our land,
tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā                    welcome.
koutou katoa.                                     We extend our greetings to your
Haere tonu kā mihi ki kā whānau, otirā            family and to all who encourage
ki a koutou e poipoi ana i ō tamariki,            our children and grandchildren to
mokopuna kia takahia te ara whai                  pursue the pathway of knowledge
mātauraka. Ka mutu, ko te ara tērā i              – the path already traversed by those
takahia kētia e ō tātou tīpuna.                   gone before us.
Kai te mihi, kai te mihi.                         We greet you all.


 Highest possible           Dedicated on-campus          More than          14 residential colleges
   international              support services     200 undergraduate and      offer a vibrant and
  quality rating                                  postgraduate programmes    supportive campus
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The University   of Otagoof Otago is ranked in
         The University
is rankedthe
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                   1%1%   of
                       of universities in the world.
 universities in the world
                       (QS World University Rankings)

               (QS world rankings)

                      428                              152
                      Māori graduates                  Māori entrance

                                                                                                                                                                            2019)Annual Report 2019
                      in 2019.                           IN NZ FOR MĀORI
                                                       scholarships                   Te Huka
                      MĀORI GRADUATES
                                                         AND PACIFIC STUDENTMātauraka:

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                                                                                                                                              *TEC Educational Performance Indicators
                      with postgraduate                    2019.                      supporting our
                      WITH POSTGRADUATE
                      qualifications.                                                 tauira Māori
                                                                                           STAFF   for

                                                                                                                                                                       of Otago
                                                         (TEC Educational Performance
                      QUALIFICATIONS                                                  over AS
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2,187                                  371                                                190

                                                                                                                           (Figures from University
tauira Māori                           in Aotearoa for Māori                              Māori staff.
TAUIRA MĀORI                           TAUIRA MĀORI IN                                     TAUIRA MĀORI IN
representing                           student qualification
REPRESENTING                           UNDERGRADUATE HEALTH                                HEALTH SCIENCES
nearly every
                                       PROFESSIONAL DEGREES                                FIRST YEAR

  85% of first-year            95% of graduates go               State-of-the-art          New
                                                                                                      top top
students come from             directly into work or        libraries, lecture theatres    for
  outside Dunedin               on to further study                and facilities                 (TEC Educational
                                                                                               Performance Indicators)
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Kia ora and a very warm welcome to all
    Māori students who are thinking about
    choosing the University of Otago.
    We hope that this booklet will provide some useful
    information that you and your whānau will need to help
    you make a very important decision about your future.

    Otago is New Zealand’s first and finest         Although our main campus is based in
    university. We are highly committed to          Ōtepoti, nearly half of all our Māori
    research-led teaching; our students are         students come from the North Island
    taught by experts who are internationally       to study at Otago and we are proud to
    recognised in their field.                      welcome young people from many iwi
                                                    throughout Aotearoa.
    Otago is also especially renowned for
    the campus environment and student              Otago is a national university and we are
    experience that it offers. Employers clearly    delighted that Māori students make up
    value the all-encompassing education that       a substantial and growing share of our
    this university provides, and many of our       student roll. We are doing everything we
    graduates say that they came to Otago,          can to make this university a place where
    loved it and made friends and whānau            Māori students and their whānau feel
    connections for life.                           very much at home. We hope that your
                                                    whānau will entrust you to us, so that you
    For more than a century, Otago has valued
                                                    can obtain the education that will help you
    its strong links with Māoridom. Our first
                                                    attain your dreams and achieve your goals,
    Māori graduate, Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter
                                                    as well as those held by your whānau, hapū
    Buck), qualified as a doctor in 1904. Like
                                                    and iwi.
    Te Rangi Hiroa, many of our distinguished
    Māori graduates in the early years trained      Ko te pae tawhiti, whāia kia tata; ko te pae
    as health professionals, but today we attract   tata whakamaua kia tina.
    students from throughout Aotearoa in all
                                                    Pursue the distant dreams so they become
                                                    closer; pursue the close dreams so they can
    While we have a special Treaty-based            be embraced.
    partnership with Ngāi Tahu as mana
                                                    Ngā mihi.
    whenua of this takiwā (tribal area), we have
    also developed strong links with other iwi
    around the country and there are a number       Professor Harlene Hayne
    with whom we have a formal relationship.        ONZM PhD HonDSc FRSNZ
                                                    Te Tumuaki (Vice-Chancellor)

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Tēnei te ruru, te koukou mai nei, kīhai māhitihiti, kīhai mārakaraka. Te       To the many people of our land, welcome to the University of Otago.
   upoko nui o te ruru, terekou! He pō, he pō, he ao, he ao, ka awatea.
                                                                                  Welcome to the area of Ōtākou surrounded by the pivotal mountains
   Terekou!                                                                       from Pakahiwitahi, the passenger of the canoe Araiteuru, Hikaoraroa
                                                                                  from within the Kāti Māmoe surrounds and finally the stronghold
   E kā tai e whā me te puku o te whenua, nau mai, haere mai ki tō
                                                                                  that stands there, Pukekura that was descended on by Kāi Tahu.
   tātou Whare Wānaka o Ōtākou.
                                                                                  Welcome to the coast of Araiteuru inhabited by the people of the
   Haere mai ki te rohe o Ōtākou e karapotia nei e kā mauka whakahī,
   arā, ko Pakahiwitahi, ko tērā te pāhīhī o Āraiteuru, ko Hikaoraroa nō
   roto mai o Kāti Mamoe tae atu ki tērā pā whawhai i nohoia mai e Kāi            Welcome to the area fed by the Ōtākou tide.
   Tahu i heke mai ko Pukekura e tū ake rā.
                                                                                  Welcome again to the home of the iwi of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, and
   Haere mai ki te tai o Āraiteuru kai te nohoia e kā iwi o te rohe nei.          Waitaha.
   Haere mai ki te rohe e whaakaia nei e te awa o Ōtākou.
                                                                                  To the descendants of our ancestors who continue to come to the
   Haere mai ki te kāika o kā iwi o Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe me Waitaha               University here, welcome!
                                                                                  Pursue that which you desire, that we desire!
   Ki kā hua mokopuna a ō tātou tīpuna kai te taetae mai ki tō tātou
   whare wānaka, nau mai, haere mai!
   Whāia te iti kahuraki kia eke atu ai ki tērā taumata e hiahiatia nei e
   koe, e tātou katoa!

As Director of Māori Development at the               These support mechanisms have created
University of Otago, I want to thank you              a surge in successful tauira Māori. The
and your whānau for considering Otago.                University now hosts over 2,180 Māori
                                                      students comprising a record 12 per cent of
The University’s southern roots are
                                                      domestic student enrolments. Over the past
anchored in a special relationship with
                                                      decade, the number of Māori students at
the communities of Otago, Southland
                                                      Otago has increased by 50 per cent – more
(College of Education, Murihiku campus)
                                                      than three times greater than the overall
and Canterbury (Christchurch School of
                                                      domestic student rate.
Medicine), including a special Treaty of
Waitangi partnership with Ngāi Tahu, as               Māori academic staff have also flourished.
mana whenua within its takiwā of Te Wai               In recent years, the Prime Minister’s
Pounamu.                                              Supreme Award for teaching was won
                                                      in three consecutive years by a Māori
The University’s commitment to Māori
                                                      academic staff member at Otago.
advancement is articulated in our Māori
Strategic Framework, which serves as a                Ka timu te tai, ka pao te tōrea.
blueprint for staff and students alike.
                                                      Make the most of your opportunities, seize
Crucial to Māori student success at Otago             the day.
are the Māori Centre, the Māori Students’
                                                      We look forward to supporting you and
Association (Te Roopū Māori), Kaiāwhina
                                                      your whānau at Otago.
Māori within the academic divisions, the
Māori Postgraduate Support Adviser and                Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā
the Māori Career Adviser.                             koutou katoa.
In addition, Te Tumu, the School of Māori,
Pacific and Indigenous Studies teaches                Tuari Potiki
and researches Māori language and                     Kāi Tahu, Kati Māmoe, Waitaha
culture, and issues relating to Pacific and           Kaiwhakahaere
indigenous peoples.                                   (Director, Māori Development)

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Ko ngā pou tautoko i tō haerenga
    mai ki Ōtākou
    Supporting your journey to Otago
    We run a number of outreach programmes and events to
    support your journey from secondary school to university,
    including opportunities to travel to Dunedin and experience
    life at Otago. Talk to your careers adviser or our liaison
    team for more information.

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Ka kōrero au ki a wai?
Who can I talk to?
No matter where you are there will always be someone you can talk to about coming to Otago.
Our schools’ liaison whānau, based in
Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, may
be your first contact with us.
They visit secondary schools throughout
the country to provide information and
advice about courses and life at Otago.
They are also involved in careers evenings,
expos and iwi hui-ā-tau.
The University has two Kaitakawaeka
Māori (Māori Liaison Officers). Grace
Latimer works from Auckland and Frank
Edwards works from the Māori Centre on
campus in Dunedin.
Both Grace and Frank attend national and
regional hui, iwi forums, kapa haka and
Ngā Manu Kōrero competitions. They are        Frank Edwards                                      Grace Latimer
also involved in Māori student leadership     Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūhoe, Kāi Tahu                   Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupōuri
programmes for secondary school students      03 479 8505                                        09 373 9731
and can organise Māori-focused tours on       frank.edwards@otago.ac.nz                          grace.latimer@otago.ac.nz

                                              Leteisha Te Awhe-Downey strongly believes in       Now in the final year of her BA, the highlight
                                              taking every opportunity that presents itself      of her studies has been her own personal
                                              and, since deciding to study at Otago, doors       growth and reconnection with te ao Māori.
                                              keep opening for her.                              Her research passion focuses on the
                                              During her final year at secondary school in       dispersion of indigenous peoples from their
                                              Levin, she was awarded a scholarship to spend a    homelands, a story that resonates strongly
                                              week at Otago as part of the Hands-On at Otago     with her own family history.
                                              programme.                                         “Indigenous development in Māori Studies
                                              She also won a Māori Entrance Scholarship, which   has allowed me to explore who I am, which
                                              took the financial pressure off her first year’s   is really important because it has been
                                              accommodation.                                     missing for so long,” she says.
                                              Having a sunny room with a view over the           Exceptional performance in this area was
                                              campus was a bonus.                                recognised by a commendation from the
                                              “I wanted to fully experience living by myself,    University of Otago Council.
   Leteisha Te Awhe-Downey                    growing in independence and meeting new            Leteisha hopes to graduate this year,
   Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui
                                              people so I just threw myself in the deep end,”    maintain her good grades in an honours year
   Studying for a Bachelor of Arts            she says.                                          and go on to study for a PhD.
   (Geography and Māori Studies)

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Hōtaka ākonga kura tuarua
    Programmes for school students
                    YEAR 10                        YEAR 11                      YEAR 12                          YEAR 13

                                                                                  KATTI                           KATTI
                      KATTI                          KATTI                                                      Hands-On
                Science Wānanga                Science Wānanga                                                    MBBC
                                                                                 MBBC                          REACH / OCE

    Kei a Tātou Te Ihi (KATTI)                                           Hands-On at Otago
    KATTI is a programme aimed at helping Year 10 to 13 Māori            Hands-On is a week-long summer camp held at Otago during the
    students in the wider Auckland area think about their university     school holidays in January.
    options. It is delivered by Māori Liaison Officers from several
                                                                         We offer Poutama scholarships nationwide for students of Māori
    tertiary institutions, including Otago.
                                                                         descent entering Year 12 or 13 to participate in the Hands-On
                                                                         at Otago programme. The scholarships cover all costs for you
    E keiatatouteihi                                                     to travel to Dunedin to experience a fun week developing your
                                                                         knowledge, skills and passion for tertiary study.
    Science Wānanga                                                      otago.ac.nz/hands-on-at-otago
    Science Wānanga are three-day, hands-on experiences for Māori
    secondary students. Staying on marae with university students,
    scientists and kaumatua, you will get to carry out real science in   REACH Otago Scholarship
    your local community.                                                The REACH Otago Scholarship (Realising Educational
                                                                         Aspirations for Careers in Health) provides the opportunity for
    Wānanga encourage us all to explore the connections between
                                                                         selected Year 13 Māori students from across New Zealand to spend
    science, matauranga Māori and our lives, especially the links
                                                                         three days on our Dunedin campus experiencing university life
    between human health and environmental health.
                                                                         first-hand: living in residential colleges, attending lectures, meeting
    otago.ac.nz/science-wananga                                          current students and learning about the various health sciences
                                                                         degrees and major study options Otago offers.
                                                                         Applications open 1 May and close 15 June each year.

                                                                         Māori Business Boot Camp (MBBC)
                                                                         The Māori Business Boot Camp is four-day programme that
                                                                         provides an amazing opportunity for Year 12 and 13 Māori
                                                                         students who are interested in business to develop their skills,
                                                                         explore the University campus and the student city of Dunedin,
                                                                         experience life in a residential college, and meet Te Huka
                                                                         Mātauraka staff who provide great support for Māori students
                                                                         while they are studying at Otago.
                                                                         This free Boot Camp is held on campus in Dunedin in October.

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On-Campus Experience (OCE)
The On-Campus Experience (OCE) is a fully-funded scholarship          Kia Ita: Preparation programme for
that provides an amazing opportunity for senior secondary
students of Māori descent to sample living and learning at the
                                                                      Māori students
University of Otago.                                                  Kia Ita is a free programme of lectures, workshops and
                                                                      social activities for Māori students who are about to begin
The OCE is offered twice each year, in May and July. It gives you
                                                                      their first year of study.
the opportunity to spend five days exploring the Otago campus
and the student city of Dunedin.                                      Many students who pursue tertiary study can find it
                                                                      difficult to navigate university as soon as they arrive.
You will attend lectures in your areas of interest, meet academic
staff and students, experience life in a residential college, and     Kia Ita focuses on giving you the opportunity to adapt
meet the Māori Centre staff who provide great support for Māori       and understand university processes from an early stage,
students when they come to Otago.                                     helping with a smooth transition into tertiary study.
If you are currently in your final year of study at a New Zealand     What’s in it for you?
secondary school, are of Māori descent, and you have acquired
NCEA Level 2 with merit endorsement (or an equivalent for CIE         • Learn university-level study skills and habits.
and IB students) you should consider applying for the On-Campus       • Get to know what university is about and how it works.
                                                                      • Experience the Otago campus and facilities.
                                                                      • Make new friends.
                                                                      • Meet University staff and learn about our support

                                                                      When and where?
                                                                      Two weeks of distance learning starting early
                                                                      January, followed by four weeks on campus with free

   “Coming to Otago for the OCE and seeing all the students and
   the University’s facilities was really cool. Meeting new people,
   and talking to the people who know what I want to know was
   really helpful.”
   Tanira Kingi
   Te Arawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāpuhi
   Studying Health Sciences First Year

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Ngā karahipi
    A number of scholarships are available for Māori students, both through the University of Otago and from iwi, government,
    industry and private organisations. We strongly encourage you to explore these opportunities.

    University of Otago Māori Entrance              Tū Kahika                                           Other scholarships
    Scholarships                                    Tū Kahika is a scholarship that supports            There are many scholarships available
    Each year, the University offers many           young Māori students interested in a                from a wide range of sources. To find
    scholarships to students of Māori               career in health through the University of          out about them, visit givME, the GenNZ
    descent looking to begin their first year       Otago’s Foundation Year Health Sciences             website that provides information on more
    of tertiary study. These scholarships           course and beyond by providing wrap-                than 4,000 scholarships and awards.
    have a standard value of $10,000. Some          around academic, cultural, pastoral,
    applicants of exceptional calibre may be        accommodation and financial support over
    awarded this scholarship at a higher value      the year.                                           You can also talk about scholarship
    and longer tenure. Other University of          Tū Kahika is more than a scholarship, it is         opportunities with careers advisers at your
    Otago undergraduate scholarships are            a whānau of Māori students and staff that           school and within your iwi. And, of course,
    available and there are also postgraduate       support one another to achieve their goals.         you can contact us for further advice.
    scholarships specifically for Māori students.   Tū Kahika is a very successful programme            otago.ac.nz/entrance-scholarships
                                                    and provides an excellent platform for
                                                    students to progress into further health
                                                    sciences study.

                                                    The University of Otago was a long way from         “I love it here. I definitely have no regrets
                                                    home for Te Awanui Waaka when he was                about coming to Otago,” he says.
                                                    looking at his options to study health sciences     He credits the support of Māori support
                                                    five years ago.                                     services, who have contributed to his well-
                                                    From the small town of Mourea near Rotorua, he      being and health, academic achievements
                                                    visited the Otago campus as part of the Māori       and adjusting to university life.
                                                    REACH programme during Year 13.                     Te Awanui plays competitive basketball for
                                                    He enjoyed his short visit to Otago so much he      the senior Varsity team in the Dunedin club
                                                    decided to study here, completing his Bachelor of   competition and has represented Otago
                                                    Science degree in 2019.                             against other university teams.
                                                    He is now studying for a Bachelor of Pharmacy,      When he completes his studies in 2021,
                                                    learning about modern medicines but also            he hopes to work as a pharmacist and is
                                                    delving into the traditional use of Māori           leaning towards a hospital placement for
                                                    medicines, or rongoa.                               the experience it offers, probably “closer to
       Te Awanui Waaka                              His first year was a new experience, making         home” in Rotorua, Auckland or Wellington.
       Ngāti Pikiao (Te Arawa)
                                                    connections and getting used to the student
       Bachelor of Science (Anatomy)                lifestyle.
       Studying for a Bachelor of Pharmacy

Hani Prentice
Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Te Arawa
Studying for a Bachelor of Arts
(Global Studies and Politics)

“E whai hua rawa taku mahi ki te Whare Wānanga i te
tautoko ki te tauira Māori. E tau tonu ana taku wairua i
tā rātou toro mai, ahakoa īmera mai, kōrero ā-tinana mai
rānei, i tā rātou whakapono mai, i tā rātou whakamana i
taku tū Māori.
“E māuru ana ngā taimaha o te ako i raro i te pūnaha
mātauranga Pākehā i te whanaungatanga, i te
whakakotahitanga kei Ōtākou.
“Tē mimiti te puna whakamiha mō rātou mā o Te Rōpū
Māori e kaha pīkau nei i ngā karaehe tautoko huhua mo
tātou Ngāi Tauira mā. Ka mahea ngā rangiruatanga, ngā
papatoiaketanga o ngā mahi o te whare wānanga nā runga
i te mōhio ka eke panuku te tauira Māori inā he kaiako
Māori tōna. Nā konei te tauira Māori e eke ki ngā taumata
tiketike o tēnei o ngā ao mātauranga.
“Ko āku kupu ārahi ki tētahi e whakaarohia ana kia nuku
mai ki Ōtākou, me wātea te hirikapo, me tangata marae
koe. Ka hīnātore atu ētahi o ō whakaaro pōauau. He
rerekē te tangata, he rerekē rawa ngā ara whakaako, ka
whai māramatanga hou koe mō tō ao. Tē karo atu ai ēnei
panonitanga, tukua noatia kia panoni kia pakari haere ai
koe hei tangata.
“Me tihoi ake he huarahi mōku.”

Ko ngā ika-ā-whiro
     Our Māori alumni
     We are incredibly proud of all of our Māori alumni, including this snapshot of outstanding graduates who left Otago and went on
     to make a difference in the world.

     Te Rangi Hīroa                                         Dr Tutere Wi Repa                                   Judge Sarah Reeves
     Ngāti Mutunga                                          Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou                     Te Ātiawa
     MB ChB 1904, MD 1910, HDSc 1937                        MB ChB 1908                                         LLB 1984
     Otago’s first recorded Māori graduate                  Dr Edward Pohou Ellison                             Jamie Joseph
     trained as a doctor between 1900 and 1904.             Ngāi Tahu, Te Atiawa                                Ngāti Maniapoto, Rangitane
     Te Rangi Hīroa (Ngāti Mutunga), also                   MB ChB 1919                                         BPhEd 1993
     known as Sir Peter Buck, went on to make
     significant contributions to his people and his        Hoani Parata                                        Bentham Ohia
     country in public health and Māori history.            Ngāi Tahu                                           Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Ranginui,
                                                            BCom 1944                                           Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Rārua
     His graduation marked the dawn of a proud                                                                  BA 1995
     tradition of Māori achievement at Otago.               Dr Henry Bennett
     Since then, countless Māori graduates of               Te Arawa                                            Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer ONZM
     the University have used their education               MB ChB 1944                                         Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Waiora
                                                                                                                BPhEd(Hons) 1995, PhD 2000
     to build successful careers and enrich their           Dr Rina Moore (nee Ropiha)
     communities through their knowledge and                Rangitāne (Te Matau a Māui/Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa),   Professor Jacinta Ruru
     leadership.                                            Te Whānau-a-Apanui                                  Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto
                                                            MB ChB 1947                                         LLB 1998, LLM 2002

                                                            Professor Eru Pomare                                Dr Diane Ruwhiu
                                                            Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa,                Ngāpuhi
                                                            Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata                      BCom(Hons) 1998, MCom 2001, PhD 2009
                                                            MB ChB 1966
                                                                                                                Professor John Broughton CNZM
                                                            Sir Peter Tapsell                                   Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu
                                                            Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa                             PhD 2006
                                                            MB ChB 1952, HonLLD 1997
                                                                                                                Dr Tangiwai Rewi
                                                            Dr Paratene Ngata                                   Waikato
                                                            Ngāti Porou                                         MIndS 2006, PhD 2018
                                                            MB ChB 1970, HonLLD 2004
                                                                                                                Marilynn Webb ONZM
                                                            Professor Sir Mason Durie                           Ngāpuhi
                                                            Rangitāne, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kauwhata            HonLLD 2010
                                                            MB ChB 1963, HonLLD 2008
                                                                                                                Professor Suzanne Pitama
     Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck)
                                                            Professor Piri Sciascia                             Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Whare
     (Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New
                                                            Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu                          PhD 2013
     Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearea)                 BSc 1968, BA 1972

                                                            Dr Pamela Bennett
                                                            Te Arawa                                               Burns Fellows
                                                            BSc 1971
                                                                                                                   Hone Tuwhare (1974)
                                                            Ian Taylor CNZM                                        Witi Ihimaera (1975)
                                                            Ngāti Kahungunu                                        Keri Hulme (1977)
                                                            LLB 1975                                               Rawiri Paratene (1983)

Rāhiri Wharerau
Studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Film and Media,
Māori Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws

“Nōku te māringanui i whai wāhi ahau ki te kaupapa OCE
i taku tau whakamutunga ki te kura tuarua, i tipi haere
mātou ngā tauira i te whare wānanga nei, i toro atu ki
ngā kaupeka rerekē, me te aha i kite ahau i ngā painga o
“He rawe ngā ratonga tautoko i ngā tauira Māori ki Ōtākou,
mai i ngā karaehe tautoko ki ngā wānanga me ngā pōwhiri,
he rawe te katoa.
“I taku tau tuatahi i whai wāhi ahau ki te kaupapa o Kā
Rikarika o Tāne, i whai hua te kaupapa nei mōku, i te mea
ko tētahi o ngā tino uaratanga o tōku kura ko te hononga
i waenga i te tuakana me te teina, ā, i tino rongo au i tērā
wairua. Hei āpiti atu, i whai wāhi ahau ki ngā karaehe
tautoko, me te aha? I angitu te nuinga o āku mahi.
“Ko tētahi o ngā mea ka kore au e wareware ko te pōwhiri
mō ngā tauira hou, i mua i tēnei, i āhua āwangawanga
ahau, heoi, i taku taenga atu ki te pōwhiri i rongo ahau i
te wairua manaaki, me te kaha tautoko o ngā kaiako, ngā
kaiāwhina me ngā tauira, hei reira au i mōhio kua tae ahau
ki te whare wānanga tika mōku.
“He rite tonu taku kupu āwhina ki tēra o Six60, kia mau ki
to ūkaipō! Mōku ake, he tawhiti rawa atu a Ōtepoti mai i
tōku whānau, i kaha rongo ahau i te ngau o te mokemoke,
koirā au e kī ana kia mau ki to ūkaipō, me pupuri tonu ki
tērā hononga ki te kāinga.”

Ngā huarahi hei āwhina i te tauira
     Support for students
     One of the benefits of studying away from home is learning
     to take responsibility for yourself. This can be challenging
     when coming from a whānau-based, community-oriented
     environment so we take our responsibility of manaakitanga
     seriously, with a system of student support to ensure you
     study hard, enjoy life and succeed at Otago.

Taunaki ākonga
Student support
Campus Watch                                      Otago University Students’ Association             Student Learning Development
The Campus Watch teams are out and                The OUSA is run by students for students           Student Learning Development offers
about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week               and is central to the Otago experience.            a free service to help you improve your
offering assistance and advice around             Its services include welfare and advocacy,         learning and study skills, with individual
campus and North Dunedin whenever                 student representation, sport and recreation       help and practical guidance, a student
it is required. Team members are easily           and, of course, social activities which begin      mentoring scheme and online assistance.
recognised by their distinctive blue and          with Orientation at the start of the first
gold uniforms.                                    semester and continue throughout the year.
otago.ac.nz/campus-watch                          ousa.org.nz

Career Development Centre                         Pacific Islands Centre                                Māori Library Resources
The Career Development Centre helps you           Talofa Lava. The Pacific Islands Centre
                                                                                                        and Information Services
sort out your career goals and build the
future that you want: whether it’s checking
                                                  offers a warm welcome to all Pacific                  Te Aka a Tāwhaki
                                                  students, both those who are New Zealand
out papers, considering an international          born and raised or have come directly from            The University’s Central Library
exchange, finding career-related summer           the Pacific Islands to Otago to study. The            has a special study area to house the
jobs or looking for graduate opportunities.       centre is staffed by a full-time manager              Māori Resources Collection (Te Aka
                                                  and provides academic and pastoral                    a Tāwhaki).
                                                  support as well as advice and assistance on           Te Aka a Tāwhaki was established
                                                  everything from extra tutorials, mentoring
Code of Student Conduct                           and scholarships to legal matters or finding
                                                                                                        in collaboration with Te Tumu
                                                                                                        and provides core Māori resources
The University has a Code of Student              accommodation and places to worship.                  that are required reading for many
Conduct, a set of common-sense rules
                                                  otago.ac.nz/pacific                                   courses across the University, and
that prohibit behaviour that is likely to
                                                                                                        a relaxed friendly place to get some
endanger safety. The University relies on
                                                                                                        work done.
Campus Watch to help maintain a safe              Recreation
and healthy campus and to ensure that the
                                                  The Unipol Recreation Centre and OUSA
provisions of the Code are observed.
                                                  Clubs and Societies Centre provide a                  Uare Taoka o Hākena / Hocken
otago.ac.nz/code-of-conduct                       comprehensive programme to ensure you                 Collections
                                                  maintain a healthy, balanced and fun lifestyle
                                                  while studying at Otago. There are many               This specialist collection of Māori,
Disability Information and Support                                                                      New Zealand and Pacific material
                                                  recreational opportunities on and off campus
Disability Information and Support provides       including courses, trips, group fitness classes,      includes artworks, photographs,
free and confidential learning support, advice,   social sport, sports clubs and societies.             music, books, journals, maps,
advocacy and information to students with                                                               newspapers, archives and
disabilities, impairments, medical conditions     otago.ac.nz/recreation                                manuscripts.
or injuries that may impact their study.                                                                There is a specialist Māori research
                                                  Student Health Services                               and consultation service, and classes
                                                  Student Health is situated on campus and              and tours available to help you with
                                                  provides medical, nursing, counselling and            your research.
Kaiawhi Wairua / Māori Chaplain                   psychiatric advice and treatment for all
Dr Helen Papuni is the University’s Kaiawhi       students enrolled at the University of Otago.
Wairua. She is available to offer pastoral        otago.ac.nz/studenthealth
care and spiritual support to anyone who
wants to talk in confidence.

Te Huka Mātauraka
     The Māori Centre
     Ka mate kāinga tahi, ka ora kāinga rua.    All year, every year, Te Huka Mātauraka        Tūraka Hou
     Ko te Huka Mātauraka ka noho hei kāinga    offers a home away from home for our Māori     As one of the most significant programmes
                                                students, from pre-enrolment and Tūraka
     rua mō ngā tauira Māori katoa ka tau mai                                                  on campus, Tūraka Hou (Māori
                                                Hou, through to pre-graduation celebrations,
     ki Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou.              graduation and beyond.
                                                                                               orientation) assists with the transition from
                                                                                               whānau to university, providing a strong
     Mai i te purapura o te hiahia kia haere    The Māori Centre is the heart of Māori         foundation for Māori students to settle into
     mai koe, tae noa ki te hui whakapūmau      student life on campus, providing all kinds    their first and second years of study.
     me ngā mahi ka whai ake, ko Te Huka        of encouragement and support for students      The programme begins with a pōwhiri
     Mātauraka tērā ka poipoi, ka ārahi, ka     of Māori descent. The Centre is a hub for      where you will have the opportunity to
                                                Māori students to gather, seek support and
     āwhina i ngā tauira Māori katoa.           advice and gain access to a rich community
                                                                                               meet other Māori students. Poua and taua
                                                                                               from local rūnaka and the local community
                                                of iwi networks and whakawhanaukataka.         are invited to the campus to meet you, offer
                                                This welcome is not limited to students.       support and help develop your relationships
                                                Whenever whānau are in town, they are          with the local Māori communities.
                                                always welcome to come by and see us.          Most importantly, Tūraka Hou focuses on
                                                And parents can call or email if they have     making sure you know about the support
                                                any concerns or wish to understand more        and resources that are available.
                                                about the University.
                                                                                               Above all, you will meet other Māori
                                                                                               students and develop a sense of
                                                                                               whakawhanaukataka – you belong to a
                                                                                               community, and you are not alone.

                                                                                               Academic programme
                                                                                               The main purpose of the Māori Centre
                                                                                               is to support Māori students to succeed in
                                                                                               their studies.
                                                                                               You are invited to join the Centre’s
                                                                                               academic programme, which provides
                                                                                               extra tutorials with experts in all subjects
                                                                                               from across the University for the duration
                                                                                               of your study.
                                                                                               Almost all Māori students take up this
                                                                                               opportunity and the results have been truly
                                                                                               impressive. Many of our students aspire to
                                                                                               postgraduate study, and professional and
                                                                                               leadership roles throughout New Zealand
                                                                                               and around the world. We are very proud
                                                                                               of them all.
                                                                                               The Māori Centre also provides
                                                                                               programmes to help with study skills, exam
                                                                                               skills, essay writing and other learning
                                                                                               situations that may be unfamiliar to those
                                                                                               coming to university for the first time.

At the Māori Centre, we find many
opportunities to celebrate – it’s all part
of helping you feel welcome, encouraged
and valued during your studies. There is
nothing like the pride whānau feel when
their tamariki make it through their years
of study and achieve their degrees, and we
make sure this milestone is celebrated.
The Māori Centre co-ordinates the Māori
pre-graduation ceremony before the formal
events at the Town Hall. All whānau are
invited, and there is time for kōrero, waiata,
photographs and plenty of laughter (and
a few tears!). The event is a highlight on         Te Huka Mātauraka staff: Arihia Joseph, Pearl Matahiki, Frank Edwards, Karin Fraser, Kiritapu Murray, Ken Tipene.

our calendar and is remembered by many
students as one of the best days of their lives.

Lots of good kōrero
The Māori Centre is the place you can go
for a listening ear and sensible advice.
As well as providing enrolment and
academic guidance, kaimahi will help with
health and welfare, and with those all-
important financial discussions, including
grants and scholarships.


                                                   Tūraka Hou, Ōtākou Marae.

                                                   In the 16 years that Arihia Joseph has worked                    Arihia says Te Heika Pounamu is a highlight
                                                   as a key member of Te Huka Mātauraka, the                        of her year because she hears about the
                                                   number of tauira Māori at Otago has doubled.                     journey students have taken to reach their
                                                   Arihia co-ordinates the Centre’s academic                        academic goals and that makes all the hard
                                                   programme, working with some of the most                         work worthwhile.
                                                   enthusiastic and passionate teaching staff on                    “When you see students come through as
                                                   campus to help students access learning support                  first-years, you see their development from
                                                   in their studies through supplementary tutorials                 a quiet, shy student as they discover their
                                                   and workshops.                                                   voice and blossom into highly intelligent,
                                                   Arihia says staff know their work makes a                        confident graduates.
                                                   difference to students, their families and society.              “That’s the thing I never get tired of. I really
                                                   “I don’t think I’ve had a better job in terms of                 enjoy seeing that success.”
                                                   job satisfaction. What we’re really good at is                   Hāpaitia te ara tika pūmau ai te
                                                   networking with our colleagues to provide the                    rangatiratanga mō ngā uri whakatipu.
   Arihia Joseph                                   best possible support for our students.”                         Foster the pathway of knowledge,
   Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa
                                                   Some students have attributed this help to their                 independence and growth for future
   Kaituitui Mātauraka                             own academic success.                                            generations.
   (Student Support Co-ordinator)

Kā Rikarika a Tāne
     Mentoring programme
     Whanaungatanga – Ako – Manaakitanga – Rangitiratanga.
     Kā Rikarika a Tāne, run by Te Huka                    Together they all navigate the year,
     Mātauraka, aims to enhance educational                providing support and looking after
     and social outcomes for tauira Māori and              each other.
     alleviate the stress involved in the transition
                                                           It is this weaving of people that you
     to university.
                                                           can see in our tohu and that gives
     The philosophical framework that                      our whānau their strength.
     underpins the programme is the story of
                                                           Teina can expect a weekly
     Tāne Mahuta and the three baskets of
                                                           catch-up via text or over coffee
     knowledge, where Tāne ascends to the
                                                           with their tuakana who has
     highest heaven of Tikitiki-o-rangi in the
                                                           been trained to provide timely
     search for great knowledge to bring back to
                                                           accurate advice – if they don’t
                                                           have the answers, they will know
     Kā Rikarika a Tāne uses traditional Māori             who does.
     methodologies of tuakana/teina and
                                                           Once a month all the whānau
     whānau/hapu/iwi to create an on-campus
                                                           come together to compete for the best
     community that focuses on building
                                                           whānau, which is presented at our end
     relationships through social engagement.
                                                           of year formal dinner.
     First year tauira (teina) are matched with a
                                                           Nau mai, haere mai ki roto i te korowai o
     senior tauira (tuakana) to form a mentoring
                                                           Kā Rikarika a Tāne.
     pair. These pairs are clustered together to
     create whānau, which are led by our most              otago.ac.nz/maoricentre/mentoring
     outstanding tauira (mataamua).

                                                           Waiora Morris is the first of his family to study      His efforts paid off when he was rewarded
                                                           at Otago, but a lot of students from his old           with a University Council award for
                                                           secondary school studied here and he had               exceptional performance in one of his
                                                           heard about how they enjoyed a different               economics papers.
                                                           lifestyle than they were used to in Auckland.          Outside of his studies, Waiora enjoys playing
                                                           In his first year at Arana College, Waiora made        for the Harbour Hawks in the Dunedin club
                                                           some good friends on campus and enjoyed the            rugby competition.
                                                           support of the Māori Centre’s Ka Rikarika a Tāne       Looking ahead to his future, he says he has
                                                           tuākana/tēina mentoring system.                        always had a passion for commerce and, at
                                                           “They introduced me to an older medical student        this stage of his career, all avenues are wide
                                                           who helped me find my feet.”                           open.
                                                           During the COVID-19 lockdown, Waiora had to            And this summer there is no pressure to find
                                                           return to Auckland and studied online.                 summer work as he returns to his second
                                                           “I found that quite difficult for my way of learning   term as an intern with the Heartland Bank.
       Waiora Morris                                       because you weren’t face to face with your
       Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Awa, Te Rarawa
                                                           teacher, but you just had to push through it and
       Studying for a Bachelor of Commerce                 adapt I guess.”
       (Accounting and Marketing)

Kaitohutohu Māori

Our tauira have access to an experienced counsellor who provides free confidential advice and guidance for the duration of their time
with us here at Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou.
Kiritapu Murray’s background includes          way of you living your best life at Otago
working with young people and helping          – this can be anything from homesickness
them deal with trauma.                         or struggling with study, to making new
She practices psychodrama – informed
psychotherapy seated in tikanga and            “If you know us, it’s easier for you to access
whānau hauora.                                 the support you need in times of stress,
                                               grief or struggle.”
Kiritapu raised her own family, who are
now all adults, and also feels aroha for       Kiritapu is often accompanied by a co-
students as she is on her own postgraduate     therapist – her French bulldog Digby Jones.
study journey through master’s towards
                                               “We’d love to see you, so when you’re
PhD. Hika mā!
                                               ready, contact us to make an appointment
“I encourage all tauira to come in for a       – either face to face or via Zoom.”              Kiritapu Murray (MNZAP)
quick hui when you start here at Otago,                                                         Email kiritapu.murray@otago.ac.nz
                                               Kiritapu will be soon be joined by another
or if you are current tauira who haven’t
                                               counsellor, replacing Vicky Totoro who
engaged before – nau mai!
                                               recently left the Centre after many years        Kiritapu Murray
“Building a relationship with you means I      providing outstanding support to countless       Kāi Tahu
can support you better when you need it in     tauira throughout their journey at Otago.        kiritapu.murray@otago.ac.nz
the future, with whatever is getting in the

Te Roopū Māori
     Māori Students’ Association

     Te Roopū Māori represents all Māori
     students alongside the Otago University     Roopū on campus
     Students’ Association.                      There are several specialist groups for   • Ngā Mōkai o Ngā Whetū / Māori
                                                 students on particular courses:             Dental Students’ Association
     They are the Māori students’ political
     and advocacy body on campus, and also       • Te Oranga ki Ōtākou / Māori             • Te Puna Kaitaka / Māori Pharmacy
     provide for the cultural and social needs     Medical Students’ Association             Students’ Association
     of Māori students, organising social and    • Te Roopū Whai Pūtake / Māori            • Humanities Māori Students’
     sporting events throughout the year.          Law Students’ Association                 Association
     Te Roopū aims to:                           • Te Roopū Pūtaiao / Māori Science        • Te Roopū Mātai Hauora /
     • support and encourage education             Students’ Association                     Māori Health Sciences Students’
       for Māori students enrolled at the                                                    Association
                                                 • Te Tai Tuarā / Māori Commerce
       University of Otago                         Students’ Association                   Email teroopu.maori@otago.ac.nz
     • encourage tertiary education              • Physical Education Māori Students’
       amongst Māori students
                                                                                           E TRMOTAGO
     • liaise with the broader Māori             • Ngā Raukura o Tāne Whakapiripiri
       community at local, regional                / Māori Physiotherapy Students’
       and national levels.                        Association

Taingarue Mataira
Tainui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Studying for a Bachelor of Science
(Human Nutrition, Physiology)

“Kia pono ai, nā te wāriu o te karahipi au i whiri ko hea
te Whare Wananga mōku. Nā, i taua wā tonu, he hiahia
nōku kia kōkirikiritia ai ētahi rerenga hou, akonga hou, kia
whakaahutia e au i ahau anō, ahakoa te wāhi. Koia nā, ko
te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou i whakarawe ai.
“Nā runga ano i te angitu, he whakahekenga nō tōku
whanau. Māhorahora ōku mahara ohinga i te akonga
tautaiao, mai i ngā hua o ngā māra kai o ōku kaumatua,
me te whānau ki te kāuta, tunu ana, katakata ana. Ki ngā
akoranga o te tuakiri, me ngā hira o te hauora tinana,
hauora hinengaro, hauora wairua te aha, te aha. Koia nā, i
manawa reka ai au ki te taioranga me te oranga tangata.
He koakoa nōku kia rangahau i te kai, mai te kākano ki te
kanohi. He ngākau mahira nōku ki ngā hanganga o te ao
Pūtaiao hoki.
“Roa nei tōku ako ki Ōtākou, waimarie au kua pūrau nei
ōku wheako whaiaro, he wero mōku kia whiria i te kōtahi.
Heoi, he pai ki au ngā mahi whakawhanaungatanga, mai
i ngā mahi whakahirahira o Ōtepoti me ngā wāhi tirotiro
o Te Waipounamu, ngā akoranga hītori. Ka kore rawa e
wareware i a au ngā mahi o Kōhatu me te karahipi Tū
“He tino mīharo ngā mahi ki te Huka Mātauraka me ngā
Kaiāwhina Māori ki Ōtākou, kei te whakawhanake, kei te
whakaahu tōnu ana i ā rātou rautaki āwhina.
“Whakarapa ko ngā ringa moehewa i a Hirikapo, wewete
ko ngā ringa raupā.”

Te Tumu
     School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

     Te Tumu is a voice for an indigenous             The BA in Pacific Islands Studies is            Staff at Te Tumu come from a variety of
     understanding of the world and the place         taught across several departments such          academic and cultural backgrounds, and
                                                      as anthropology, archaeology, history,          include members who identify as Māori,
     of all peoples within it. It’s a progressive     geography and media studies. The                Pacific and Pākehā. The School aims
     School at the University, offering               selection of papers makes up a unique           to put into practice the language and
     a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Māori Studies,        programme with a multidisciplinary              inclusive cultural values that it teaches and
                                                      orientation that examines contemporary          researches.
     Pacific Islands Studies or Indigenous
                                                      issues of importance to Pacific peoples,
     Development. Te Tumu also offers various         including New Zealanders, within their
                                                                                                      Te Tumu has a strong commitment
                                                                                                      to Pacific communities and a unique
     options after the BA.                            broad cultural context.
                                                                                                      association with the Ngāi Tahu people
     The School has a strong focus on teaching        A BA in Indigenous Development currently        of the Otago region; Ngā Rūnanga o Te
     the Māori language and other topics              focuses on cultures and indigenous              Tai o Arai-te-uru. This acknowledges
     relating to the Māori worldview as part of       development. Its aim is to provide a            the location of Te Tumu within Te Wai
     the BA in Māori Studies. The language is         critical, cross-disciplinary, Māori/Pacific     Pounamu and the relationship the school
     taught using monolingual, bilingual and          perspective.                                    has with Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe and
     immersion-teaching methods throughout                                                            Waitaha as the tangata whenua (people of
     the entire BA degree, and is supported by        Beyond the BA, Te Tumu offers various
                                                                                                      this land).
     a mixture of other subjects such as tikanga      postgraduate programmes at honours,
     (culture), and a selection of topics including   master’s and PhD levels in Māori Studies,       otago.ac.nz/tetumu
     history, performing arts, education,             Pacific Islands Studies and Indigenous
     politics, Treaty of Waitangi and Ngāi Tahu       Development. A Master of Indigenous
     studies.                                         Studies is also offered to distance students.

Kauri Martin
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Haua
Studying for a Bachelor of Arts
(Māori Studies)
“I pakeke mai au ki te uru o Tāmaki, nā runga i tērā he
tamaiti ahitere ahau. I whai wāhi atu ahau ki Te Kura
Kaupapa o Hoani Waititi marae, ki korā noho ai i raro i ngā
mātāpono o Te Aho Matua. Nā te kura kaupapa Māori ahau
i āki, nā Te Aho Matua au i whakatangata, nā taku whānau
whānui au i whāngai ki te reo me ngā tikanga, nā konei, i
hiahia au ki te takoha ki taku ao Māori, ki aku iwi taketake,
ka mutu ki ngā tamariki mokopuna e kainamu mai nei, ka
eke rā te kōrero ‘Kia tū pakari, kia tū rangatira hei raukura
mō tōna iwi.’
“Mō te tautoko, kai, whakatū kaupapa, kāore he painga i
Te Huka Mātauraka. Ki te pakaru ngā pūkoro, e tūwhera
ana ngā tatau o te whare ora o te Huka Mātauraka ki ngā
tāngata katoa!
“I whakaritea ētahi karaehe tautoko e te Huka Mātauraka
hei rautaki tautoko i ngā tauira Māori o te whare wānanga
nei. I tae atu ahau ki ngā karaehe tautoko mō tētahi o aku
pepa, ā, nā wai rā i eke ahau i roto i aku mahi. Ki te kore
ngā karaehe tautoko, ka mate au ki te mahi i taua pepa
“Aruhia ngā haeata o te kōmaru!”

Tō noho ki Ōtākou
     Otago life
     Your tamariki will not be alone when they come to Otago.
     There are already more than 2,100 tauira Māori enrolled
     here, representing almost every iwi, and making their
     contribution to the safe whānau environment on campus.

Te hūnuku ki Ōtepoti
Moving to Dunedin

Ka nōhia tēnei rohe whakahirahira o        Dunedin is a true student city. During          and student flats to the town centre, and
Ōtepoti e ngā Papatipu Rūnaka o Ōtākou,    semesters our 21,000 students make up           a good public transport system covers the
                                           20 per cent of the population, creating an      main suburbs.
o Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki, o Moeraki.   energy and atmosphere that’s unique to
He pou whenua, he pou kōrero, he pou                                                       Dunedin is a small city between the
                                                                                           mountains, the harbour and the sea – that
herenga tangata.                           Dunedin has everything that’s on offer          means there’s heaps to do and it’s easy
                                           in larger cities, but it is still a friendly,   to access. The wild coast of the Otago
                                           uncrowded and safe place to live.               Peninsula is home to an array of wildlife,
              Auckland                                                                     and is also where the original Māori
                                           There is a strong cultural focus. Music and
                                                                                           settlement of Ōtākou still overlooks the
                                           the arts, food, shopping and fashion, and
                                                                                           harbour entrance.
                                           museums and libraries are among the best
                                           in New Zealand.                                 What’s the weather like?
                                           And New Zealand’s only covered stadium          Despite being the country’s southernmost
                                           is also right on our doorstep – hosting         university, Dunedin’s weather is milder
                                           international sport and music events            than you might think.
                     Christchurch          throughout the year.
                                                                                           Daily highs are typically 18–22°C in
                                           Although surrounded by hills, Dunedin is        summer and 10–12°C in winter. Dunedin
                 Dunedin                   mostly flat and easily accessible. You don’t    also has considerably less rainfall than most
                                           need a car to get around – it’s a 10-minute     New Zealand centres.
                                           walk from the campus, residential colleges

He tau i te whare wānanga
     The university year
     To help you get a picture of what’s going on in students’ lives, here’s a general guide to what happens during the university year.







         SUMMER SCHOOL                             SEMESTER 1                                       SEMESTER 2

     January                                                                 May
     > Summer School starts early in January. It is generally attended       > The lead-up to exams can be an anxious time as the pressure
     by returning students rather than first-years. Staff in the Māori       of study mounts. Staff in the colleges and support services are on
     Centre can help with any questions about Summer School.                 hand to help.

     February                                                                June
     > Semester 1 starts. This is when you finalise what you are going to    > The first semester ends with exams in the first half of June.
     study, pay your fees and get your student ID card. Māori students       Once exams are over, there is a two-week break.
     get the Te Roopū Māori logo on their ID, which entitles them to
     benefits that go hand-in-hand with automatic membership to the          July
     Māori Students’ Association.
                                                                             > Semester 2 is winter in Dunedin. New courses start.
     > Tūraka Hou (Māori Orientation) helps you find your feet and
                                                                             > There is a Winter Orientation for Māori students, hosted by the
     tells you about all the support that is available.
                                                                             Māori Centre.
     > Orientation week is packed with music gigs, sports days, a
     market day and other activities.                                        August
     > Soon after orientation there’s a hui for Māori students to meet       > One-week mid-semester break.
     support groups on campus, followed by hui for tuakana and teina
     involved with Kā Rikarika ā Tāne.                                       September
     > A Māori Academic Orientation Programme is also available to           > Students complete their last assessments and begin studying for
     prepare you for the academic journey ahead.                             the final exams.
                                                                             > The Māori Centre holds scholarships expos for students to find
     March                                                                   out what kind of financial help is available for the following year’s
     > A nxieties around courses and workload, finances and health,          study.
     and homesickness may set in. There are people available in the
     colleges and on campus to offer help and support.                       October and November
                                                                             > End of year exams start in mid-October and finish in early
     April                                                                   November. Once students complete their last exam, summer break
     > This is a busy time for assignments and assessments, followed by      begins!
     mid-semester break. Most students stay around Dunedin during
     the one-week break, although some first-year students like to head      December
     home and catch up with whānau and friends.
                                                                             > Semester 2 exam results come out at the beginning of December.

Ka pēhea e whai wāhi ai te whānau?
How can whānau be involved?
Many whānau, especially those in the North Island, come
to Dunedin at the start of the year to help their sons and
daughters settle in. It can be a long way to travel, but if you
can make it to Dunedin, try to attend the pōwhiri for first-
year students at one of our local papatipu marae.

                                                                                 The one time that whānau really need to plan to be here is for
                                                                                 graduation, which is preceded by the Māori pre-graduation
                                                                                 ceremony – it’s a wonderful time to celebrate and share stories
                                                                                 with friends and whānau.

                                                  After five years of study in her hometown of        “I met the best group of people I’ve ever met
                                                  Dunedin, Awhina Meikle has a Bachelor of            in my life.”
                                                  Science degree and has just completed her           She says a lot of like-minded friends have
                                                  third year of study for a Bachelor of Medicine      whakapapa links to Northland or the East
                                                  and Bachelor of Surgery at Otago.                   Coast and, like her, are keen to work with iwi
                                                  In 2021 she is looking forward to a completely      after graduating.
                                                  different style of learning when she moves to the   “I’ve had so much support from my iwi
                                                  Wellington campus of the Otago Medical School       throughout my degree – financial, messages,
                                                  for three years of clinical training as a doctor.   and emotional support as well – so I’m really
                                                  Awhina says the highlights of her studies to date   keen to go back there,” she says.
                                                  have been her first year of health sciences – “as   Awhina would like to work as a house
                                                  hard as it was” – and “the excitement of starting   surgeon, ideally around Kaitaia or Whangarei
                                                  all over again on a new degree in Medicine last     Hospitals.
  Awhina Meikle                                                                                       She also has an interest in working with
                                                  “I contemplated doing Pharmacy and Radiation        women and babies in paediatrics, obstetrics
  Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
                                                  Therapy but when I got the offer I ended up         and gynaecology.
  Bachelor of Science (Anatomy)
  Studying for a Bachelor of Medicine and         doing Medicine, so that was really exciting.”
  Bachelor of Surgery

Ka noho au ki hea?
     Where will I live?

     Residential colleges                                                                  Flatting
     As more than 85 per cent of our new                                                   Flatting is an important part of university
     students come from outside Dunedin, we                                                life. It offers independence and also greater
     place great importance on providing high-                                             responsibility. Dunedin has a wide range
     quality, safe and supervised living in our                                            of rental accommodation – from studio
     undergraduate residential colleges.                                                   rooms and character houses to multi-unit
                                                                                           purpose-built complexes. When looking at
     The colleges are all situated on campus or
                                                                                           a flat ensure you consider what it will be
     within walking distance of the University.
     They are fully catered, have a mix of male     Our residential colleges accommodate   like in the middle of winter – a cold and
     and female students, and range in size from          around 3,500 students.           damp flat may lead to health issues that can
                                                                                           affect your studies.
     125 to more than 500 beds.
                                                                                           The Student Accommodation Centre can
     Professional, experienced college leaders
                                                                                           help you find accommodation and provide
     and staff take a real interest in the well-
                                                                                           helpful hints for flatting life.
     being of their residents. They are supported

     by senior students who mentor and                                                     otago.ac.nz/accommodation
     guide students through their first year of
     The colleges provide tutorials and study
     spaces, active social and volunteering
     opportunities, new friends and, most of all,    98% of students provide a positive
     peace of mind.                                    assessment of their colleges.
     You can apply online for a place in a
     residential college from 1 August each year.


He aha te utu?
What will it cost?
Study fees
                                                   Living costs
Most domestic students who are new                                                                               Residential college                    Flatting
to tertiary education will be eligible for
                                                   Annual accommodation fee                                      $15,846                                -
one year of fees-free study. For more
                                                   Average rent (52 weeks @ $150)                                -                                      $7,800
information, and to find out how to check
                                                   Groceries (40 weeks @ $90)                                    -                                      $3,600
your eligibility, please visit:
                                                   Electricity/internet (52 weeks @ $25)                         -                                      $1,300
otago.ac.nz/fees-free                              Personal costs (40 weeks @ $65)                               $2,600                                 $2,600
After your first year, programme fees range        Entertainment (40 weeks @ $55)                                $2,200                                 $2,200
from approximately $6,000 to $12,000               Total                                                         $20,646                                $17,500
depending on what degree and papers you
study.                                             Note: This table provides an estimate of living costs based on 2020 figures. Residential college contracts are
                                                   normally for 38 weeks. Some colleges may charge a higher fee than the fee listed in the table. In addition to the
                                                   accommodation fee, the residential colleges charge a small amenity fee.
Student loans and allowances
If you cannot pay all of your costs yourself,
StudyLink can help you arrange a                Is university worth it?                                       And the university experience helps people
                                                                                                              grow, influencing every aspect of their lives
Government Student Loan. The service            Yes. Statistics tell us graduates generally                   and affecting the way they bring up and
can also help you apply for a student           earn the best salaries. They also find                        educate their own whānau.
allowance (conditions apply), and assist        a range of jobs available, as a degree
with budgeting and other financial advice.      is evidence of being hard-working and                         Going to university is not a guaranteed
                                                adaptable.                                                    door to success – but it’s a path that leads
                                                                                                              in the right direction.

                                                James Crofts-Bennett is one of those rare                      As part of his research, he developed a live
                                                people who discover their calling in life at                   capture trap (currently undergoing field
                                                a young age. In his case it was a childhood                    trials) to catch spiders in sensitive ecological
                                                fascination for spiders.                                       areas.
                                                “I always wanted to study spiders. That was                    “Spiders are very resilient but also highly
                                                never up for debate,” he says.                                 selective about their habitat,” he says.
                                                Because his interest was highly specialised,                   “Particularly the plants on which they live.
                                                Otago was a perfect fit – it had the facilities to             “I never considered how important plants
                                                piece together his degree with a double major in               were to spiders until I studied botany. It has
                                                Botany and Zoology.                                            completely changed how I view spiders.”
                                                Now with a Bachelor of Science under his belt,                 With 800 species of spiders in New Zealand,
                                                he is one of a few arachnologists researching                  many of them unnamed, the field is wide
                                                spiders in New Zealand.                                        open for research.
                                                James has just completed his Master of Science                 James plans to continue postgraduate
   James Crofts-Bennett
   Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha
                                                thesis on spider ecology; a wide-ranging survey                studies at Otago, with a PhD studying the
                                                of a creature whose habits are neither well                    effects of climate change on spiders.
   Bachelor of Science (Botany and Zoology)
                                                known or understood in this country.
   and Master of Science

E pehea au e uru atu ai?
     How do I get in?
     To enrol at Otago, you’ll need to be at least 16 years old by the start of classes and
     hold one of the following university entrance (UE) qualifications.

     NCEA Level 3                                      International Baccalaureate (IB)
     • At least 14 credits in each of three approved   • IB diploma with 24 points minimum
                                                                                                                 Preferential Entry
       subjects                                                                                                  Preferential Entry guarantees a place
                                                       • Meet literacy and numeracy requirements
     • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or higher                                                                at Otago.

     • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above                                                                 As a Māori applicant you may
       (five in reading and five in writing)                                                                     qualify for Preferential Entry if you:
                                                                                                                 • gain UE and meet the minimum
                                                                                                                   age and language requirements
     Cambridge Assessment International                Overseas secondary school
     Education (Cambridge International)               qualifications                                            • apply by the due date
     • At least 120 points on the UCAS Tariff,         • Australian secondary school ranking                     • have not previously studied at a
       with a grade of D or better at AS or A level                                                                tertiary institution
                                                       • General Certificate of Education
       in syllabuses from at least three different
                                                         (GCE) Advanced Level
       syllabus groups, broadly equivalent to the                                                                • are applying for a programme
       NCEA approved subject list                      • International Baccalaureate (IB)                          subject to the Entry Pathway
                                                         taken overseas                                            system.
     • Meet literacy and numeracy requirements
                                                       • Other overseas qualifications

                                                       Third-year dental student Nick Griffen says            The further he got through his health
                                                       finding a career he is passionate about and            sciences course, the more he looked into
                                                       the friends he has made at Otago are the               what profession he wanted to study.
                                                       highlights of studying in his hometown.                “I chose Dentistry and I haven’t looked back,”
                                                       “No one that I know of in my immediate or              he says. “I love it, so it was the right choice.”
                                                       extended family has been to university, so I           Aside from his studies, Nick is involved with
                                                       felt that I should take that leap and further my       Te Whare Tū Taua, which practices the art
                                                       education ... and obviously the option was right       of Māori weaponry, and he plays the guitar,
                                                       here,” he says.                                        drums and bass.
                                                       Although his family live in Dunedin, Nick chose to     Nick has also benefitted from participating
                                                       live at Te Rangi Hiroa College during his first year   in Ka Rikarika a Tāne (the Māori Centre’s
                                                       studying health sciences.                              mentoring programme) and SWAT (the
                                                       “I’m glad I went to a residential college. It was      Māori Health Sciences first-year study skills
                                                       really beneficial for helping my learning.             programme).
         Nick Griffen                                  “There was a lot of support in place and you           “I love it here because it’s home. And it’s
         Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe                          don’t need to think about cooking.”                    good knowing you have the support there if
         Studying for a Bachelor of Dental Surgery                                                            you need it.”

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