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Māori Students Association, Manawatū campus

Manawatahi is the Māori Students' Association at Massey University's Manawatū campus in Palmerston North. Defined as a whānau made up of students who identify themselves as Māori, their mission statement is:

To provide a culturally safe environment for Māori students to fulfil their potential within Massey University, Manawatu campus.

To acknowledge the Tiriti O Waitangi as a founding document of Aotearoa and tino rangatiratanga - move toward autonomy.

Manawatahi is an organisation that represents and advocates on behalf of Māori students during their time of study. Weekly hui-ā-whānau are held at Kainga Rua (Māori Study space) to discuss issues relevant to Māori students. While participation is not compulsory, it’s a good opportunity to keep you up to date with what’s happening and kōrero with various whānau. Information or advice on most student issues can be obtained through Te Rōpū Whāiti - The Executive Committee. Such information includes Māori student initiatives, study groups, scholarships and grants, health issues, sports, kapa haka and support.


Every Wednesday during the semester at Kainga Rua at 12.15pm.  Where is Kainga Rua? See D9 on the Massey Turitea map

Te Rōpū Whāiti

Student associations are run for students by Massey students and are led by student executive groups who are elected every year.  They aim to make sure that our students enjoy the best university experience possible.

Te Rōpū Whāiti is the executive committee of Manawatahi, and manages its varying aspects. Committee members are elected volunteers from within the rōpū who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation. Positions include:

Kaiwhakahaere - providing advocacy and representation for Māori students by liaising between various groups on behalf of the Manawatahi whānau, and, providing leadership.

Kaitakawaenga - responsible for retaining partnerships and communication flows between MUSA and Manawatahi.

Kaitiaki Tari - supports Te Rōpū Whāiti and Manawatahi students by taking care of all Manawatahi administration needs.

Kaiāwhina - responsible for tautoko to the Kaiwhakahaere and other Te Rōpū Whāiti members.

Kaitaiki Pūtea - takes care of all financial aspects of Manawatahi.

Kaiminiti - records all Manawatahi Hui-ā-whānau minutes.

Kaiwhakapaoho - oversees and organises Manawatahi media, which include Radio Control and the Manawatahi facebook page

Kaiarahi kapahaka - co-ordinates the kapa haka of Manawatahi.


Office: Te Atawhai, YFC Building, Rehab Road, Turitea site
Phone: 027 MANAWA1 (027 6262921)

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