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Māori & Pasifika Support


UCOL's kaupapa is to develop great graduates who make a difference wherever they work in the world, and we are here to support you and your whānau during your UCOL journey.

We tautoko/support our tauira from the word go. Our pre-enrolment conversation process 'Kōrero' for Māori/Pasifika interested in enrolling in certificate level programmes involves catch-ups with prospective students before even getting to the stage of talking about programme information. We want to ensure that you are headed for the right course, studying at the right level at the right time, in the right place, to ensure your success.

As part of Rourou Aronui, our Māori Education Strategy we collaborate closely with other student services across UCOL and with iwi and Māori/Pasifika communities to provide holistic cultural support.

Our Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa campuses have Kaiāwhina/support staff available to work alongside Māori students during their time at UCOL. Palmerston North campus also has a Pasifika support staff member available. Students at our Auckland campus also have access to our Māori and Pasifika services; access to these services can be arranged through lecturers.

Want to know more? Our team would love to meet you, pop into the whānau room on your campus or dial 0800 GO UCOL and ask for any of our staff members listed below.

Huia Papuni-Tuhaka
Ngāti Porou/Ngāti Hine
Kaiāwhina Tahuru – Admin Support for Office of Director Māori / Kōrero Process
UCOL Palmerston North

Mere Robb
Te Whanau-A-Apanui
Kaiāwhina/Support
Whanganui UCOL

Cath Goodhall
Kaitiaki Akonga
Whanganui UCOL
Ngā Wairiki/Ngāti Apa/Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi/Ngā Rauru

Erica William
Ngāi Tūhoe
Kaiāwhina/Support
UCOL Palmerston North

Simone Baker
Rangitāne/Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa
Kaiāwhina/Support
UCOL Wairarapa

Tahau Williams
Ngāti Tūwharetoa / Ngāti Raukawa
Raukura programme
UCOL Palmerston North

Roimata Olson
Ngāti Kauwhata
Raukura programme
UCOL Palmerston North  

Email: Raukura@ucol.ac.nz

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