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Māori Student Support Centre

Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Whaka tau Mai Rā

Welcome to Tauira Tautoko, the student support centre based in Te Pakiaka at SIT. Tauira Tautoko provides a culturally safe social space for students to spend time with friends, safe in the knowledge that ideas, experiences and conversation can flow freely.

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday

9am - 3:30pm


Located in the C Block Basement

C0 16 - CO 17

Towards Forth Street.


There are many reasons to spend time at Tauira Tautoko:

  • Welcoming space
  • Meet other students
  • Enjoy a free cuppa and chat with others
  • A place to chill and relax between classes
  • Access to computers and other students for study support
  • Having somewhere to meet as a study group
  • Pot luck lunches and celebration of special events
  • Learning new things e.g. waiata and waka toi (Māori arts)
  • Accessing community information
  • Cultural advice
  • A home away from home

Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust

Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust in partnership with Southern Institute of Technology run Tauira Tautoko.

Connecting students with Maori resources, study resources and whanau in the pursuit of academic achievement.

Ngā Kete is a not-for-profit health and social service provider for Southland over the last 20 years.

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