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Māori Students

Nau mai, tauti mai ki te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki.

Māori Students

Nau mai, tauti mai ki te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki.

Support networks

This waharoa provides information on Māori events, support networks, key staff members and initiatives here at Lincoln University.
Our uniqueness is our size! As a smaller campus, with smaller overall student numbers, we are able to provide a lot more pastoral, cultural and academic support to ensure you have every opportunity to succeed.
Manaaki Tangata: Our Kaiarahi Team Leader and Māori Support Coordinator provide the core pastoral, cultural and academic support at Lincoln University. They are invested in ensuring your educational journey is supported from enrolment to graduation and are on campus full time.


We have a number of Māori staff at Te Whare Wanaka o Aoraki with support services provided through the Office of Māori and Pasifika Development. 

The staff are:
• Māori Support Coordinator: Jo Frew
• Director, Kaiarahi Māori and Pasifika: Dr Dione Payne
Want more information?
If you are considering your options about where and what to study and need your questions answered, call us on 0800 10 60 10 or email

Our campus and people

Our campus is a 20-minute drive from Christchurch city. You'll study at one of the most beautiful campuses in New Zealand while being close to all the activities and facilities of a big city.
As we have the smallest population of students on a New Zealand University campus, our lectures are generally smaller than other universities. Making new friends is easy as you do not get lost in the crowd.
Lecturers at Lincoln are very approachable and have an ‘open door’ policy. This means you are encouraged to see them outside lecture times if you have any queries about any lectures, essays or exams.  They aim to be helpful and will do their best to make sure you succeed.
All of our academic programmes aim to be relevant to current industry requirements so you can ensure you will be studying courses that are going to beneficial to your career in the future.

Student life

Te Awhioraki

Te Awhioraki is an organisation that represents all Māori students on-campus. Te Awhioraki will provide you with social, cultural and academic support during your stay at Lincoln.
Te Awhioraki works alongside the Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA), advocating for students and providing all students with an independent student voice.
Te Awhioraki has a seat on the University Council, the Council Committee responsible for Māori development (Ahumairaki), and the LUSA Executive, therefore providing a strong voice for Māori student matters.
Te Awhioraki is also a member of the Te Mana Akonga (National Māori Student Association). 
They can be contacted on

Te Whare Whakakotahi

Te Whare Whakakotahi is the whare on campus where Māori students are able to gather, study, eat and have noho during and between semesters.
It provides a fully functioning kitchen, dining room and wharenui that is available for students, staff and the community.

Poutama Whenua

Māori land and primary sector assets are key economic resources for whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities.
However, they also come with social, cultural and environmental challenges when looking to balance Māori collective aspirations for economic advancement next to kaitiakitanga. 
As such, with Māori having an increasing stake in the New Zealand economy, the sector needs a diverse, well-trained workforce to manage Māori assets for future generations.
Poutama Whenua aims to build a stronger Māori workforce and a new generation of Māori leaders by offering industry-relevant, career-oriented programmes ranging from diplomas (levels 5) to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (levels 7-9).

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