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Nau mai, haere mai, tahuti mai ki Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou

There are many reasons why you will feel good about your decision to study at Otago:

  • The University respects and recognises the Treaty of Waitangi, as it does Ngāi Tahu, with whom it has a Treaty partnership. It also has good relationships with its range of Treaty partners across New Zealand
  • The Office of Māori Development oversees the implementation of the University's Māori Strategic Framework, providing an anchor for Māori development at Otago
  • Read the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Framework 2022 (PDF)

Support for students and whānau

Te Huka Mātauraka (Māori Centre)

Te Huka Mātauraka is the heart of student life on campus providing academic, cultural, counselling and social support from pre-enrolment through to graduation and beyond. The Māori Centre is a place dedicated to supporting the participation and success of tauira Māori students (all students of Māori descent).

The Māori Centre operates from a kaupapa Māori base (Māori philosophy).

Kaitakawaenga Māori (Māori Liaison Officer)

Otago has two Kaitakawaenga Māori, or Māori Liaison Officers who can assist you with course planning, enrolment and scholarships and allows you to make informed decisions towards your future pathways.

Frank Edwards is located at the Māori Centre on the Dunedin Campus and Grace Latimer is based at the University's Auckland Office. Key contact details are listed below:

Kaitakawaeka Māori/Māori Community Liaison Officer
Tama Walker
Ngāti Porou
Tel: +64 3 479 8505
Mobile: +64 21 279 8505

Kaitakawaeka Māori/Māori Liaison Officer
Mere Mansell
Ngāti Porou
Tel: +64 9 373 9731
Mobile: +64 21 279 9731

More support options

Academic Programmes

More information 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

Visit the Te Tumu website

Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Division of Sciences
Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Division of Health Sciences
Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support
Samantha Feeney
Tel: +64 3 479 4119

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

Kaiāwhina Māori Network

Otago Business School
Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori Student Support

Rachel Sizemore

Tel: +64 3 479 5342
Email: ;

For information, follow this link, or this link.

Māori Postgraduate Advisor

Peter Russell is the Māori Postgraduate Advisor.

More information on the Māori Postgraduate Advisor.

You can contact Peter for any information relating to your study, assistance, research, hui for postgrads, or general information about studying at Otago.  


More information on accommodation at Otago

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.

Te Aka a Tāwhaki/Māori Resources Collection at the Central Library

The Māori Resources Collection acknowledges the holistic dimension of Te Ao Māori by bringing together, in one space, a collection of core Māori resources across a range of disciplines.   For more information about Te Aka a Tāwhaki, contact the Central Library.

Te Rōpū Māori

Find out more about the Māori Students' Association
Tel" +64 3 479 8563

Māori Student Departmental Groups

Māori Law Students Association - Te Whai Pūtake
Māori Medical Students Association  - Te Oranga ki Ōtākou
Psychology Students Association - Te Kōhanga Māori
Māori Zoology Students Association
Māori Social Work Students Association - Kā Uri o Tāne Whakapiripiri
Māori Dental Students Association  - Ngā Mokai o Ngā Whetu
Māori Commerce Students Association - Te Tai Tuara
Pharmacy Students Māori Association
Physical Education Māori Students Association
Māori Postgraduate Students Association

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