You have now made the decision to study at Otago, and live within or close to the vivacious and well-connected student quarter in North Dunedin. Ka rawe! We strongly encourage you to connect with one of our staff – now or in the future. These are the people who can support you if any issue arises concerning:
- Your academic progress;
- Your social, cultural and wellbeing needs;
- or future opportunities, such as scholarships, studying overseas, and internships.
So please do not hesitate to make yourself known once you arrive on campus.
Indigenous exchange programmes
Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua
Find out about this student exchange programme aimed at Māori students
Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Programme
An amazing opportunity for an exchange to Canada in June–July 2019.
Download / view the call for applications (PDF)
Find out about the University of Otago academic programmes
Te Tumu (School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies)
Te Tumu is a rapidly developing school quickly gaining an international reputation as one of the best places in New Zealand to learn about Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies.
Tel +64 3 479 8674
Kaiāwhina Māori network
Division of Health Sciences
Māori Health Workforce Development Unit staff page
Division of Sciences
Division of Humanities
Kaiāwhina Māori Support for the Division of Humanities
Otago Business School
Māori Student Support at the Otago Business School
Te Huka Mātauraka Māori Centre
The Māori Centre is a place dedicated to tauira Māori students (all students of Māori descent) which aims to encourage iwi Māori to participate and succeed in tertiary education. The Māori Centre offers support for academic, cultural and social needs from pre-enrolment through to graduation and operates from a kaupapa Māori base.
Te Roopū Māori
Te Roopū Māori is the University of Otago’s Māori Students’ Association which represents all Māori students on campus. Te Roopū Māori is a parallel student association to the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) and can be found just north of the Māori Centre at 527 Castle Street North.
Check them out on Facebook for all their activities, including:
- breakfasts and barbecues during orientation weeks;
- soup days over winter;
- the annual ball;
- student conferences,
- kapa haka;
- and student to student support and whakawhanaungatanga during the full year.
All are welcome.
Tel +64 3 479 8563
More information about Te Roopū Māori
The Whānau Guide is a resource for whānau, as well as students who intend to come south to study at the University of Otago.
Leaving the warm support of whānau, friends and familiar surroundings can be hard, both for students and the ones they leave behind. But here at Otago, we aim to provide the support and care necessary to ensure students study hard, enjoy life and develop in ways that will enrich the lives of everyone around them.
- Whānau Guide (PDF)
Kaitohutohu Tāuira Māori, Postgraduate Adviser
Rachel Sizemore is the contact person for Māori Post Graduate students.
Pete can provide information and support, advocate on your behalf, and connect you with programmes and research hui that may assist your postgraduate study.
Māori Student Groups and Associations
- Māori Postgraduate Students’ Association
- Māori Commerce Students’ Association – Te Tai Tuara
- Divison of Sciences Māori Support Services
- Māori Studies Students’ Association (Te Tumu) – Ngā Kaiaru Māori
- Psychology Students’ Association – Te Kohanga Māori
- Māori Medical Students’ Association – Māori Medical Students’ Association – Te Oranga ki Otakou
- Ngā Mokai o Ngā Whetu – Māori Dental Students’ Association
- Māori Law Students' Association – Te Whai Putake
- Māori Social Work Students’ Association – Ka Uri o Tāne Whakapiripiri
- Māori Zoology Students’ Association