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Current students

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!  You are strongly encouraged to connect with one of our staff - at any stage in the near or distant future, these are the people who can support you if anything comes up to do with your academic progress (do you know what happens if you get ill at the time of an assessment deadline? - they do), your social, cultural and wellbeing needs, or future opportunities such as scholarships, studying overseas, internships and so forth.  So please do not hesitate to make yourself known once you arrive on campus.

Indigenous exchange programmes

Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua

Find out about this new, exciting 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, 296KB)

Academic Programmes

More information about the University of Otago academic programmes, go to this page here.

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

Visit the Te Tumu website

Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Division of Health Sciences

Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support
Samantha Feeney
Tel: +64 3 479 4119

Division of Sciences

This is the support network for the Division of Sciences, here.

Division of Humanities

Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support
Ana Rangi
Tel: +64 3 479 8681

Otago Business School

Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support
Rachel Sizemore

Tel: +64 3 479 5342
Email: ;

For information, follow this link, or this link.

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 (Māori philosophy).

For more information visit the Māori Centre website

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 bbqs 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

Whānau Guide

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.

  Download your copy of the Whānau Guide (PDF format, 1.9MB)

Kaitohutohu Tāuira Māori, Postgraduate Adviser

Pete Russell 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.

Contact Pete Russell

Māori Student Groups and Associations