Te Kura Toi Tangata Māori Mentoring Unit

Te Kura Toi Tangata mentoring unit is a roopū tautoko providing academic (eg. workshops), pastoral and procedural support to Faculty of Education Māori students. Our kaiāwhina have completed the work that you are doing and are familiar with the Faculty and University. The Takawaenga Māori coordinates this roopū which includes kaiāwhina. We provide academic and course advice, help with degree planning, guidelines for writing in te reo Māori and scholarship application sign offs. We also organise events such as BBQ, Inter-school sports (Hakinakina) and wānanga for Faculty of Education students. Kaua e whakāma – don’t be shy – come and talk to us if you have any patai. 

How to find us? 

TC1.02 & TC1.02A near the grand piano. Open: Monday-Friday Email: mentors@students.waikato.ac.nz Phone: All mentors are able to assist with general support phone: 07 838 4466 Extension 6203 

Meet the team

Shirley Tuteao

Takawaenga Māori (Māori Student Support Coordinator) Tainui-Waikato Graduated: BA Te Reo Māori and Education Studies

Lia Stowers

Kia ora, Talofa Lava.

Ko Lia Stowers tōku ingoa.

I am a 21 year old female studying to become a Physical Education teacher. I am half Samoan and half Māori. I am currently in my fourth year at the University of Waikato, studying a conjoint Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies, and a Bachelor of Secondary School Teaching. I have played a number of sports including sevens, touch, rugby, as well as coaching and playing netball. I look forward to working with undergraduate students within my area, and in some way offering them the support and confidence to excel throughout 2016.

Gloria Clarke

(Waitaha, Tūhourangi, Rangitaane) Master of Sport & Leisure Studies; Bachelor of Leisure Studies (Hons)Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. I’m a mother of four boys and am currently writing up my SPLS PhD thesis which focuses on answering the question: How might the extracurricular activity patterns and narratives of successful young Māori men inform parents raising young Māori boys? I’ve worked as an event manager, for Les Mills, the New Zealand Institute of Sport, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in radio and promotions, and different tribal organisations.  When supporting students I focus a lot on comprehension and assignment structure.  Pai Marire

Renēe Gilgen

PhD candidate (Education), Master of Education, PGDipEd (Managing Behaviours in Schools), BTchLn.
I am an experienced school teacher within primary and intermediate education contexts. I have continued to study in both part-time and full-time capacities while teaching as well as raising three ‘young adults’. My research interests include culturally located PLD in schools, Māori teachers and students positioned in English-medium school contexts, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and education, Indigenous identities and culturally responsive teacher attitudes and behaviours.
Ngā mihinui.

Kahuripene Kawe

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu.Bachelor of Arts – Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, Bachelor of Teaching – Secondary Education. Bachelor of Arts – Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, Bachelor of Teaching – Secondary Education.

Kei ngā manu wheko ata o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato tēnā koutou, ā, tēnā tātou katoa. I am an aspiring Māori secondary school teacher born and raised in Tauranga Moana. I am currently studying in my fourth year here at Waikato, the final year in completing my conjoint degree . Within my degree I have a true passion for both Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori, these being my strongest aspects. My interests include all kaupapa Māori events, being with my whānau and friends, kapa haka and indoor netball. 2016 has a lot of new challenges in line for us all and I look forward to working with undergraduate students, supporting and offering the guidance to raise the bar of Māori Achievement.

Ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a tātou katoa

Renee Nyman

Tēnā Koutou Katoa. Ko Taranaki te Maunga. Ko Kapuni te Awa. Ko Aotea te Waka. Ko Ngā Ruahine te Iwi. Ko Ngāti Manu Hiakai Te Hapu. Ko Renee Nyman Tōku Ingoa. Kia Ora, I am 21 years old and my hometown is Wanganui. I am currently in my third year at the University of Waikato studying a Conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Secondary School Teaching and a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies. Within my degree I have a real passion for Physiology and Anatomy and I find that these are my strongest points. My interests include a wide range of sports especially adrenaline seeking activities, travelling, DIY crafts and reading.

Rosina Cowan

Tēnā koutou Katoa
Ko puhangatohora te Maunga
Ko Tāheke te Awa
Ko Ngāpuhi te Iwi
Ko Ngātipakau te Hāpu
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Tāhekeroa te Marae
Ko Rosina tōku ingoa
Kia ora! I am 21 years old and am from Te Tai Tokerau, Kaikohe. I am in my last year of studying a Bachelor of Teaching – Primary. I found my passion through being raised in a large whānau of six brothers and two sisters. I love playing netball, touch and learning new things. Throughout my studies I have found my strengths have been Human Development and the Performing Arts. I am glad to be a Māori mentor and hope to aid students to ensure they reach their tohu.

Emily Hatch

Kia ora, ko Emily Hatch tōku ingoa. I am currently in my third year at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelor of Teaching – Primary. I grew up in Pukekohe and lived there for 18 years until I came to Waikato University. I have loved my studies here so far, but I am also really looking forward to starting my teaching career. I am excited to be a part of the Māori Mentor unit and cannot wait to meet some new people and help where I can.

Nathan Rahui

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Nathan Rahui tōku ingoa. I am 22 years old from Whangarei. I’m currently in my second year at Waikato, studying a conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Teaching – Secondary, and a Bachelor of Arts – with a major in English and a minor in Māori. In my spare time, I love spending time with friends and whānau, catching up on TV shows/movies, going to the beach and being active. I find my strong areas to be within essay structure – including grammar and comprehension. I am excited to be a part of the unit and look forward to working with undergraduates to ensure the success of all Māori. Ngā mihi manahau!
A variety of resources are available for students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Faculty of Education.

Access to course books & readings – pukapuka parapara

  • These books and other resources are available for any tauira of Te Kura Toi Tangata to use under the supervision of the mentor anytime throughout the year. While we want you to feel comfortable and at ease in Te Ruma, there are a couple of ground rules that we must stipulate.
  • These books and course readings can be used by any tauira of Te Kura Toi Tangata, but they must not be taken out of TC1.10.
  • If an appointment has been made to visit the kaiāwhina, students using the books must leave at least five minutes before the appointment starts.
  • See also Teaching Resource Library

Postgraduate student support Through our Takawaenga Māori (mentoring coordinator) we can assist postgraduate students by offering support with:

  • Academic issues – enrolment procedures and options, courses, suggestions for supervisors, assignments, tests, exams, academic writing methods, study difficulties and any other academic support
  • Organisation of extra tutorials, workshops and study wānanga
  • Hui whakawhanaungatanga organisation and social sporting occasions
  • Academic wānanga – handouts after wānanga and consultation visits with a mentor
  • Paper and departmental information
  • Study space on campus – computers for Internet access with kaiāwhina
  • Information Centre
  • Ethics Review Process

Faculty & University student support In addition to Faculty of Education student support there are a variety of University student support services. For PhD students there is MAI ki Waikato

Support Services Available
We offer:
~ Academic support and advice
~ Workshops
~ Study Skills and motivation
~ Scholarship information
~ Concerns and issues
~ Pastoral care and moral support
~ Research support
~ Library skills support
~ Links to other support services
~ Social events e.g Hakinakina (interschool sports) Kaitahi