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Student Associations



ATOM is the Science Students Association... they provide you with

  • the Science Ball and other social events
  • friendly advice on how to handle being a science student
  • how to transition from First Year Health Science and
  • a student voice.

Join up, follow, and be a part of the community.

Te Rōpu Pūtaiao (TRP)

kete woven for Sciences by Roka Ngarimu-Cameron

The objectives of Te Rōpu Pūtaiao are:

  • To create and foster relationships between Māori students in the Division of Sciences across all year levels with a particular emphasis on Māori principles such as Tuakana/Teina
  • Encourage and motivate excellence in the academic arena through the promotion of tutorials and peer support
  • To facilitate a deeper understanding of how the university system works

Membership of Te Rōpu Pūtaiao : Membership is automatic for any Māori student currently enrolled in a degree within the Division of Sciences or students enrolled in science papers.

Activities: TRP provides study space in Union Court each Friday afternoon; runs exam workshops at the end of each semester; supports the Divisional orientation for new students at the start of each semester.

Contact Mariana Te Pou for information, email

Visit the Te Rōpu Pūtaiao Facebook page

PEMA ( PE Māori Association)

To encourage academic excellence of Māori Physical Education students by fostering and creating relationships across year levels, utilising Māori principles such as Tuakana/Teina.

Visit: upstairs in Smithells Gym, Cumberland Street


SPENZ (School of Physical Education New Zealand)

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science has always had a strong reputation for friendliness and student camaraderie. The SPENZ group helps that along with a range of social events. Email them for more information.



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