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Ko te iwi te wairua o te waka, ko te waka te wairua o te iwi
The people are the spirit of the canoe, the canoe is the spirit of the people

Ko Te Roopū Whakakaha Tinana matou. We are the Māori students' association for the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences (PEMA). Working collaboratively with Te Roopū Māori o Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo.

Our Kaupapa

Guided by Tikanga MāoriPEMA aims to foster an environment where Māori can be successful in the academy while maintaining cultural identity. It is important to us to create tuakana, teina relationships between year levels.

Our core functions are:

  • Whanaungatanga
  • Weekly study nights
  • Sports days
  • Study retreats

The Executive

Tumuaki/Co-Presidents:Katiana Ngata; Jada Lambert
Kaituhi/Secretary: Marcus Hughes
Kaiwhakahaere:Matariki Kaa, Mouhnir Ramach

For more information:




Upstairs of Smithells Gymnasium
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00–5:00pm


School of Physical Education Sport and Exercise Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 56
New Zealand

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