Be prepared to change the world
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora
Main campus: Christchurch
UC is a future-focused, globally recognised university with opportunities outside traditional learning that give our students the chance to find themselves, to connect with others and to positively contribute to a changing world. When you graduate, you join a whānau of alumni more than 140,000 strong who are effecting change across the globe.
Nau mai, haere mai ki te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.
UC Māori offers support, advice and guidance for all ākonga Māori studying at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha – University of Canterbury (UC).
Led by the whānau at Te Waka Pākākāno – Office of Māori, Pacific and Equity, our initiatives focus on supporting ākonga Māori to succeed academically, while encouraging personal growth and connection to Māori community and culture.
Manaakitanga is important to us. Whether you are thinking about university study or enrolling for the first time, UC Māori can provide you with guidance and support to ensure the study pathway you choose is right for you. We will continue to support you through to the completion of your chosen degree and also offer a range of services and initiatives designed to help you succeed:
Academic support and guidance.
Manaaki atu, manaaki mai – pastoral care, support and guidance.
Tōia Mai – a noho marae experience for first-year ākonga Māori.
Eke Panuku – our UC Māori Orientation event.
Paihere – our UC Māori Tuākana-Tāina mentoring and leadership programme.
Eke Tangaroa – our UC Māori Celebration for Māori graduands and graduates.
Te Whare Ākonga o Te Akatoki Māori – the UC Māori Students’ Study Centre.
Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association also offers many social activities.
Website key word search: Māori, Tuākana Tāina, Punenga
2021 data. Source: Ministry of Education. Custom data for Universities New Zealand (extracted 13 April 2022). Numbers have been rounded for confidentiality reasons.
Tālofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Halo olaketa, Namaste, Kam na mauri, Fakaalofa lahi atu, la orana, Mahalo, Mālō ni, Kia ora and warm Pasifika greetings.
Pacific support services have been designed to ensure Pacific students get the most out of their studies.
The Pacific Development Team offers pastoral care and support to Pacific students and provides one-to-one peer support to them in their first year of study through a mentoring programme. Additional support is offered through the PASS (Pacific Academic Solutions and Success) programmes.
There are dedicated Pacific spaces onsite such as the Pasifika Student Fale, which provides a space for small Pacific student gatherings and tutorials, and our Pacific common room.
Pacific events such as Get Fresh, Pasifika Welcome Day, Jandals and Pasifika Graduation celebrations all help our students connect and build a healthy sense of belonging as a valued part of the wider university community.
Website key word search: Pacific