Faculty of Education and Social Work

How we help

Discover the range of academic, personal and financial support you can access through Te Korowai Atawhai.

Mā te raukura te Korowai Atawhai e whakarākei

Ko te ākonga

Ko te mātauranga

Ko te aroha

Koinei ka kōtuitui ngā raukura ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama

Tīhei Mauri Ora!


Te Korowai Atawhai is part of the University’s Tuakana network. The service provides support for all students who are enrolled at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. We provide a range of services that help eliminate barriers to your success.

The korowai team have all studied at university so we understand the challenges that students face while at University. We provide a culturally supportive and friendly environment to help you maximise your potential during your time as a student.

Remember, no question is a silly question.The team at Te Korowai Atawhai have heard them all and we will not judge. We are passionate about Māori students success and we want you to be successful.

Please come and see us.

Academic support


Academic support through Te Korowai Atawhai comes in a number of forms, including

  • academic skills
  • workshops
  • wānanga
  • study information
  • personal time management
  • formatting and structure with assessment


Te Korowai Atawhai run specialist wānanga for students three times during a year.

The first wānanga focuses on study strategies, notetaking and time management to help you get through your first semester, and other basic skills that will assist with your transition into teritary study.

The second is an exam wānanga that focuses on the upcoming exams, including exam study techniques, writing techniques and how to interpret exam questions.

The final wānanga of the year will prepare you for the end-of-year exams. Both of these exam wānanga will have specialised tutors and lecturers in each exam area that will cover course content.

Please refer to the events section at the bottom of this page page if you would like more infromation on the wananga.

Pouwhirinaki Mentoring programme

Te Korowai Atawhai also provides a Pouwhirinaki Mentoring Programme. Year Two and Year Three students are mentors for Year One and Year Two students. These mentors have been chosen specifically for their academic strengths and their individual skill sets such as proficiency in te reo Māori.

Pouwhirinaki are available for Year One and Year Two students to access all year round to support their studies.

If you would like to access their support please contact Rochai Taiaroa at r.taiaroa@auckland.ac.nz

If you would like to be a Pouwhirinaki please indicate your interest by following the link.


Get to know some of the Pouwhirinaki who are volunteering their time and talent to help you:


Katie Penfold

Katie Penfold
"I love helping other students learn and grow and reach their fullest potential. I love giving back to my community and teaching. My advice to students is, attend class, don't procrastinate – and ask for help when you need it."

Haki Wilson

Haki Wilson
"During my first year at University, I found it quite difficult to adjust. I decided to become a student-mentor so I can help others who are going through the same problems I did. My strengths are in Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga and Pāngarau (Māori Maths). I am a good listener if you need someone to chat with."

Crystal Kire

Crystal Kire
"I am a mum of four young children so my strength is planning and organisation. With strong planning any project can be tackled. For students who are struggling, talk to one of us ASAP! If you fail we all fail, so ask for help early on."

Pastoral support


Advocacy and academic advice for your studies are just a few of the pastoral services that Te Korowai Atawhai offer. Our staff are always here to help – regardless of your situation. If we don't have the resources to help you, we will be able to refer you to other support services or people who can help you.

The Te Korowai Atawhai team will keep in contact with you throughout the process. A kanohi ki te kanohi approach helps to ensure your university experience is enjoyable. From the smallest challenges to life-changing situations, Te Korowai Atawhai staff are here to provide unlimited support.


Financial support

Having problems getting your head around studylink? Te Korowai Atawhai can help you make sense of what is required.  

Looking for scholarships?  Te Korowai Atawhai can help you find the right scholarship, whether they are iwi, gender specific, or course of study based, giving you advice on what is needed for applications.