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The Office of Māori Development and the International Office (Student Exchange) have an exciting new opportunity for students of Māori descent to pursue tertiary education and have an international experience at one of our partner universities (with reciprocal arrangements for the Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua (TPW) universities to send their students to Otago – details on this will be added here later).

Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua is a unique student exchange built on kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face-to-face) relationships established between mana whenua and indigenous representatives of universities overseas.

Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua Award

Students taking part in the Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua student exchange programme will receive funding towards their accommodation at the host institution. The exact value of this awards is yet to be confirmed.

Students are also eligible to the financial assistance available to all students taking part in the Otago Global Student Exchange Programme.

When and how to apply

  1. Please see when and how to apply for application dates and how to apply on eVision.
  2. Please state "TPW exchange" on your application.
  3. Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua applications will be forwarded to the Office of Māori Development for assessment and approval.

About the first student to study at Otago through the programme

Read more about Miranda Livers, the first student to study at Otago through the Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua programme.

Additional Information

For further enquiries, please email:

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