Te Rau Tauawhi Māori Student Centre

Ko tā Te Rau Tauawhi he manaaki i te tauira kia puta te ihu, kia angitū.

Te Rau Tauawhi gives manaakitanga, support and advice to Māori students at Massey. We’re committed to helping Māori students succeed.

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Te Rau Tauawhi was founded on tikanga Māori principles of whānau, manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, and mātauranga. We offer a wide range of services and support to help you get the most out of your university experience, whether you're studying on campus or online as a distance student.

Learning and study help

Our ako (learning) services include:

  • general learning support and advice
  • help with course planning
  • mentoring
  • writing workshops
  • postgraduate workshops on writing literature reviews and research proposals.

You’ll also find study and course information on our Stream page. Stream is Massey’s online learning community, and all students get access to it when they enrol.

Te Rau Tauawhi on Stream (requires login)

Connecting with whānau and communities

You can connect with whānau around the university in many ways, through cultural, study and social groups and associations on each campus. For example, if you want to be part of a hapori (community) Māori, we have a Māori student association on every campus.

Find out about our Māori student associations

We can help you find groups relevant to your interests and needs. We can also help you engage with the different services available through the university, such as our health and counselling services. 

Events and activities

We host events on each campus most weeks – like our "Kai and kōrero" events, which are a great place for whakawhanungatanga. You can find out about upcoming Te Rau Tauawhi events and activities on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Follow Te Rau Tauawhi on Instagram
Join the Te Rau Tauawhi Facebook group

Contact us

Contact the kaitautoko (coordinators) at Te Rau Tauawhi if you want to see a friendly face and have a chat, or if you need a helping hand. You can also get in touch with us before you start at Massey if you have questions about what to expect from your university experience. 

Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

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Eugene Hepi

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Raukawa, Whakatōhea

Manager, Te Rau Tauawhi (Māori Student Centre), Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Manawatū (Palmerston North)
Email
Phone

0800 627 739 extension 83246

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Chey Tehei

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rangitāne, Ngāti Maniapoto

General Student Coordinator, Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Manawatū (Palmerston North)
Email
Phone

0800 627 739 extension 86043

Kia Ora Tauira Mā! My name is Chey and I am the Student Coordinator for Te Rau Tauawhi based at the Manawatū campus. I look forward to meeting you all and am excited to assist you along your academic journey.

Melanie Miller

Rangitane ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa

Te Rau Tauawhi Administrator, Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Manawatū (Palmerston North)
Email
Phone

+64 6 9519017 extension 86017

No Whakaoriori ahau! I am the administrator here in Te Rau Tauawhi, based on the Manawatū campus. I am in a privileged position working alongside our tauira and get to see them grow into strong leaders of the future. This gives me the reassurance that the future for Māori is positive.

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Garry Hodge

Tainui

Distance and Postgraduate Student Coordinator, Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Manawatū (Palmerston North)
Email
Phone

0800 627 739 extension 83217

Phone
Mobile

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te iwi
Ko Ngati Tamaoho te hapu
Ko Nga Hau e Wha te marae

I am a Massey graduate (Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Classical Studies)), and am settled in my hometown of Palmerston North, after living in Wellington and London. I love sport, and am currently playing and coaching senior football. I also love to travel, and have enjoyed exploring Europe with my wife.

Auckland campus

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Cambell Te Paa

Ngāti Whatua, Ngati Wai, Waikato-Tainui, Ngapuhi

General Student Coordinator, Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Auckland
Email
Phone

0800 627 739 extension 43026

Mobile

Mauri ora e te iwi! Tēnā he kai hāpai i ngā tauira ahau, nō reira karanga mai! Waihoki, he tangata pukumahi, he tuaranui, he heahea rawa hoki. Kei te Wananga Wakatopa ahau e whai ana taku raihana wakatopatopa i te wā nei, anō hoki he tohu tāku i roto i te pākihi. My goal here is to help Māori tauira!

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Takoha Ropati

Ngati Hine, Ngāpuhi

Distance and Postgraduate Student Coordinator, Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Auckland
Email
Phone

0800 627 739 extension 49008

Ka papa te whaititiri, ka hikohiko te uira,
Kahukura ki te rangi, Ko Hikurangi, ko Motatau,
Ko nga pukepuke rau o Hineamaru
Tihewa Mauri Ora!

He raukura tēnei i mokohia ai ki te uhi o te kura kaupapa, o te aho matua. Ko ōku whainga matua ki tēnei wānanga, kia ngakia he wāhi haumaru mō ngā tauira Māori, Kia tupu matomato mai ai te pitomata ō tēnā, ō tēnā. I hail from the far north. Living in Tāmaki. School by the tools of Kura Kaupapa. Passionate about Māori success and creating safe environments for Māori to prosper.

Wellington campus

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Awhina Wakefield

Ngāti Apa, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Kāi Tahu, Ngā Rauru

General Student Coordinator, Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre, Wellington
Email
Phone

0800 627 739 extension 63571

Phone

I was raised in Whanganui and completed the majority of my schooling there. After secondary school, I pursued a tertiary qualification at the University of Otago and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Indigenous Development). In my free time, I am working towards my Master of Arts (Māori Knowledge) through Massey University, hanging out with my whānau and friends or just chilling out at home. I love working with tauira Māori on their academic journey and will do everything I can to get them across the stage for graduation.

Contact the office

Te Rau Tauawhi – Māori student centre

Hours

10am to 4pm

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