Kaitawaka Māori

Student advisers

Contact our Māori advisers—they can help you with your application to study and give you advice about selecting courses.

Porourangi Templeton (Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe, Tainui) and Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, Ngāti Awa), are our kaitawaka Māori (Māori future student advisers). They are your first point of contact with the University, and can provide advice on:

  • university study
  • planning your degree and courses
  • entrance and admission
  • scholarships.

They can also help you through the application process and connect you with the Māori support network at the University. If you are struggling with anything regarding applying to university or understanding how university works, these are the people to talk to.

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Pou Templeton

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Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan

Maori Future Student Adviser · Kaitawaka Māori
Future Students · Te Kahupapa

Events for Māori future students

There are opportunities for Māori students and their whānau to have customised visits around our campuses and to attend information evenings and open days throughout the year.


Hiwa is a week-long on-campus programme for 20 Māori students in their last year of secondary school who live outside the Wellington region. They get to experience student life at the University and explore the capital city. This programme is usually run in August and invitations to apply will be sent to schools, kura, careers advisers, and future students in June.


Pōrutu is our on-campus day programme for Māori secondary school students based in Wellington. It has a key focus on Māori-specific support, scholarships, accommodation, and finance. We hold this programme at different times for different year levels. Your Wellington-based careers adviser, school, or kura will receive notice of this event and can confirm your attendance.

On the road

Pou and Te Mapihi often travel to visit schools, attend careers days and evenings, attend whānau evenings, and hold regional events. They may be at your school or kura next.

Future students team

Our kaitawaka Māori are part of a larger team of Future Student Advisers, all of whom who can help you with courses, applying to study, and anything else you might need to get you started.

Contact us on 0800 04 04 04 or email info@vuw.ac.nz.