Supporting Māori learner success

Te tautoko i te angitū o ngā ākonga Māori

Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai

Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

At Kuratini Tuwhera, our ākonga are the most important thing. We offer a range of services and solutions to help you succeed in your study journey.  

Ngā ākonga - New learners

New to Kuratini Tuwhera? Ka pai, nau mai – welcome to the whānau.

We’d like to get to know you and answer any pātai (questions) you might have, so one of the first things we’ll do is invite you to connect with a specialist mentor who will guide you through those first few important steps of your online study journey.

They will help you get set up and familiar with your new online learning environment. They’ll also make sure you have all the information you need to get started in your studies.

Ngā ākonga o nāianei - Current learners

Our Student Mentors can also help if you already study with us and have questions that are not course content or assessment related. They can give you advice or guidance about:

  • study skills
  • motivation and time-management
  • assessment extensions, including getting extra time if you need it (Special Consideration).

Feel welcome to get in touch using the form linked to below, or call and ask to be connected to a Student Mentor.

During your studies you will be supported by your course tutors. They will be there to answer course related questions and ensure you understand the course content.

You will also have access to our Library and Learning Centre, who have their own unique kete of services to help with research and assignments.

Learn more about how our Library and Learning Centre can support you


Hauora hinengaro - Mental health and wellbeing

He raruraru, he āwangawanga rānei? Feeling troubled or anxious?

Having a kōrero with a counsellor may help. We have partnered with Puāwaitanga and Vitae to give all our ākonga access to free and confidential phone and online counselling services:


Pūtea - Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for our ākonga, including the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award aimed at encouraging and supporting ākonga Māori. This scholarship is for ākonga completing a Level 4 or above qualification.

Amy Isaacs (Ngāpuhi), received the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award when she studied for her Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management (Level 7).


Following her passion

After working full-time for many years, Amy Isaacs (Ngāpuhi) reached a point in her life where she wanted to make a change, and do something for herself that she enjoyed.

Amy Isaacs

Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management
New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5)

Community library volunteer


Find out more about the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award or our other scholarships and awards:


Tukau āu aromatawai i te reo Māori - Submit your assignments in te reo Māori

As part of our commitment to supporting Māori ākonga, you can choose to submit your assignments in te reo Māori. You may also be able to sit exams in te reo Māori.

We’re incredibly proud to say the number of our ākonga doing this each year is growing.

It made me want to strive even harder doing my assignments in te reo. At first I doubted myself, so being able to do it in my first language really helped.

Anehera Otimi Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui, Hauraki

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