Māori Students


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Educational, Cultural & Community Support

SIT provides support services for our Māori students during their study to ensure they feel accepted, supported and have the resources that they may need. We have the Student Support centre, Māori Student Liaison and Te Awa Rau Māori Mentoring Programme available at our Invercargill campus.


Māori Student Liaison

We have a Māori Student Liaison to assist our Māori students with course advice, study issues, cultural event organisation and connecting them with local cultural communities.

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Te Awa Rau Māori Mentoring programme

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A Māori Mentor/Taurapa is a positive role model who meets the same Māori Mentee/Tauihi on a one-to-one basis for a period of time no greater than four hours per month. Mentoring is a paid position.

Under the supervision of a Project Coordinator, the mentor / mentee relationship begins with an initial meeting. The Project Coordinator, mentor, and mentee will review the relationship on an on-going basis thereafter.

Training is provided at the beginning of the programme for the mentor and an induction meeting for the mentee.

The programme also offers regular hui to support social, cultural and academic learning.

Our Māori Liaison, Marcus Tuwairua, is leading the mentoring programme for 2022. We look forward to seeing our Akonga become involved with this.

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SIT Māori Tertiary Education Strategy

SIT and the Māori community have enjoyed a strong relationship for many years, and have now worked together to develop a formal SIT strategy.

The main purpose of this strategy is to improve educational outcomes for Māori at SIT by ensuring that our Māori students are well prepared for further study, employment or self-employment upon their graduation.

It offers the opportunity to build on the success of existing strategies, while integrating new ideas and practices which will provide a direction for SIT in the future.

It is important to SIT to give meaning to our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi by encouraging Māori students to study and achieve success on our programmes. It is important to the individual student who identifies as Māori to enable their future career success. It is important to our community and the industries and organisations within it to meet skill and employment needs.

SIT wishes to ensure that Māori students are comfortable and confident about studying at SIT and that their cultural and academic needs are met. We also want to ensure our Māori students are well prepared for further study, employment or self-employment upon their graduation.

SIT Māori Tertiary Education Strategy