Te Rōpū Māori (TRM) represents all tauira Māori alongside the Otago University Students’ Association. They are the political and advocacy body for tauira Māori on campus, and also provide cultural and social support, organising social and sporting events throughout the year.
The core function of Te Rōpū Māori
The core function of Te Rito is to facilitate access to tertiary education.
Ko te mokopuna kei waho rā, tēra tō mauri;
Ka whakapiki, ka whakakake
Ka pū te ruha, ha hao te Rangatahi.
The Mission Statement of Te Rito (executive of Te Rōpū Māori)
"Te Rito will establish an environment within the University of Otago that recognises – taha, tinana, wairua, hinengaro, and whanau as paramount.
Te Rito shall remain an advocate for the 'recruitment, retention and results' of all tauira Māori Students at the University".
Te Rōpū aims to support and encourage education for tauira Māori enrolled at the University of Otago, encourage tertiary education amongst tauira Māori, and liaise with the broader Māori community at local, regional and national levels.
Every student who registers at Otago as a Māori tauira automatically becomes a member of TRM.