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Kickstart your journey at the University of Otago

Preparation programme for Māori students

Kia Ita

What is Kia Ita?

“Nōku te maringanui i whai wāhi ahau ki tēnei o ngā kaupapa hirahira. Waihoki, nā tēnei o ngā kaupapa i whakatō te kākano o te ao whare wānanga ki roto i a au.”
Missy Ohia

This six week summer school paper will help prepare you for life at university.

Kia Ita is a mix of lectures, workshops and social activities designed to have you hit the ground running.

You will learn new skills to kick-start your university journey, be inspired and welcomed here on campus.

You will meet our amazing Māori staff who will be there to support you every step of the way. And you will do it with other like-minded students.

Who is it for?

Open to all Māori students:

  • entering first year tertiary study at the University of Otago
  • either shown an interest or already applied to study at Otago

Students who have not yet formally applied to the University will get guidance and assistance to do so.

Register your interest now

Contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Note: Acceptance into the Kia Ita programme does not imply that application for admission to any other University programme will be accepted.


10–23 January 2022 2 weeks of distance learning
24 January–18 February 2022 4 weeks on-campus (9am–5pm Monday–Friday)


The first 2 weeks of study are by distance at your home before heading to our Dunedin campus for the last 4 weeks of the paper.

We will provide free on-campus accommodation at one of our residential colleges. You can then focus on your study and not have to worry about finding somewhere to stay, or what to have for dinner.

No fees
free paper


What’s in it for you?

“The programme has been an absolutely unforgettable experience. The Māori Centre, Te Roopū Māori and the university’s Māori community have given me a home away from home.”
Te Ariki Mana

You will receive:

  • a fees-free summer school paper
  • 18 points towards your university degree
  • free accommodation at a University of Otago residential college

You will learn:

  • degree-level study skills and habits
  • what university is about and how it works
  • your way around the University of Otago campus

You will also:

  • make new friends
  • get to know University staff, facilities and student support systems

18 points
to kick-start your degree

Grab your place

Limited places available.

You will need to tell us soon as possible to secure your place in the programme.

We will confirm your place in the programme by email and post.

Want to talk to us about the programme?

We are more than happy to talk to you and your family if you have any questions or concerns. Please contact Grace Latimer:

Email or call +64 9 373 9731 or +64 21 279 9731