Nau Mai, Haere Mai

Whare Wananga o Te Awakairangi

He Whakatauki – “Ko te pae tawhiti whaia kia tata whakamaua kia tina”; ”Continue seeking to bring distant horizons closer: consolidate what you have already achieved”.

At WelTec you will find a very supportive learning environment which fosters a team approach to helping you do well with your studies.  WelTec has a long-standing working relationship with the local iwi, Te Atiawa through Te Runanganui o Taranaki Whanui Ki Te Upoko o Te Ika A Maui.  The Runanga is very involved with business leaders and local employers to assist students to obtain part-time or full-time work and, where applicable, to assist students to secure apprenticeships. 

Together the Runanga and WelTec offer the Tamaiti Whangai Academy to assist young Maori to achieve their tertiary study goals.  The programme is based at Te Whare Awhina at WelTec’s Petone campus and staff travel to the Wellington city and regional campuses providing hands-on mentoring to students. 

Te Whare Awhina - Maori Student Support

Te Whare Awhina operates on the principles of Manaakitanga and Awhina to guide it and through this approach offers:

  • study groups
  • advice
  • WelTec/Tamaiti Whangai mentoring support
  • academic assistance
  • cultural and personal development and support.


Scholarships for Maori students intending to study at WelTec are also available. 
Details of these are available here or can be discussed with staff at Te Whare Awhina.


Students can contact Hinemoa Priest or Susan Luke.

Location: 28 Kensington Avenue, Petone Campus.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Phone: (04) 9202 509 or (04) 9202 747
Email: maoristudentssupp@weltec.ac.nz