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Māori students

Planning for your future is a big step and here at Otago we are here to support you. Otago Māori students and their whānau have access to a wide range of support services, as well as scholarships and a dedicated School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies: Te Tumu.

On Campus Experience (Māori students)

On Campus Experience (OCE) is a fully funded scholarship that provides an amazing opportunity for senior secondary students (Year 13) of Māori descent to sample living and learning at the University of Otago.

Students will explore the Otago campus and the student city of Dunedin. They will have the opportunity to attend lectures in their areas of interest as well as meet academic staff and students. They will experience life in a residential college and meet the Māori Centre staff that provides great support for Māori students when they come to Otago.

This year's On Campus Experiences were in May and July. Dates for next year's On Campus Experience will be advised later in the year.


Kaitakawaenga Māori/Māori Liaison Officer
Tel: 64 9 373 9731 or 64 9 373 9704

Poutama Scholarships, 13-18 January 2019

Nga Mahi Students 2017

The University of Otago offers several Hands-On at Otago scholarships for students of Māori descent.

These are fully-funded scholarships that provide a wonderful opportunity for students who are both interested in science and are entering Year 12 or 13 in 2019, to participate in the Hands-On at Otago programme.

Hands-On at Otago is a programme intended to give students practical experience in research and university life - the kind of opportunity normally only available to graduates.

nga mahi students 2017 in their hoodies
Ngā Mahi-a-Ringa Pūtaiao Scholarships January 2017

Students need to have a strong interest in learning, be motivated to succeed, and have the potential to achieve well.


Kaitakawaenga Māori/Māori Liaison Officer
Tel: 64 9 373 9731 or 64 9 373 9704

Tū Kahika: A Health Science Scholarship programme for Māori

The University of Otago’s Tū Kahika Scholarship is a two semester (from February to October) Health Sciences programme.

Apply now online 

Download your Information pack here (PDF format, 2.6MB)

Information about Tū Kahika


Mobile 64 21 246 6433

REACH Scholarship:

R.E.A.C.H (REACH): Realising Educational Aspirations for Careers in Health, is a scholarship for Year 13 Māori secondary students interested in a career in health.

Applications have closed.

Read more information about REACH here


Zoe Bristowe, Programme Manager
Tel 64 3 470 3593

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