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SIT provides support services for you during your study to ensure you feel accepted, supported, and have the resources that you 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

The Māori Liaison provides pastoral support and provides opportunities to connect you with iwi hapu and marae roopū and community support groups. Māori Liaison also liaises with SIT staff to provide access to academic support to facilitate learning as required. The Māori Liaison is also the coordinator of Te Awa Rau Māori Mentoring programme and provides scholarship information.

Make an Appointment

Invercargill, Gore, Queenstown and SIT2LRN ākonga can book an appointment via MySIT.

Email: SIT2LRN/Invercargill/Gore/Queenstown campus


Te Awa Rau Māori Mentoring programme

The programme offers regular hui to support social, cultural and academic learning. Our Māori Liaison is leading the mentoring programme. Under the supervision of our Māori Liaison, the mentor/mentee relationship begins with an initial meeting and will be reviewed on an on-going basis thereafter.

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

We look forward to seeing you become involved with this.


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