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

Maori Doing Well

Media Release (14 May 2013 - The Hutt News)

Tamaiti Whangai Academy now has seven mentors and its team leader David Lomax says they work with 19 per cent of WelTec's 9500 students who are Maori.

There is support for those who find re-entering education or training "daunting" as well as help "sorting out any external issues getting in the way of their study, turning up on time and so on".

Mr Lomax says that the local runanga works closely with WelTec. "It's a more proactive relationship than happens at other institutions".

With the links to marae and young people on Ministry of Social Development courses, Tamaiti Whangai can "shoulder tap" youngsters who are drifting, and encourage them to look at training courses.

Maori student pass rates at WelTec have lifted considerably, Mr Lomax says.  more....

Graduating WelTec Engineer – A Great Role Model

Press Release - 3 December 2012

Graduating WelTec Engineer Ruth Tautari– A Great Role Model Hard work and determination to succeed has meant a young Maori woman has unwittingly become a role model to other young women throughout New Zealand.

“Most young girls don’t think about engineering as an option in terms of a career. I’m here to show them it’s not only an option, but a great choice for women where you can get a degree and get a fantastic job, and yes, I am talking about engineering,” says Ruth Tautari.   more...

"Young Maori excel in the Hutt Valley"

Media Release - 12 July 2011

A small yet very successful initiative called “The Tamaiti Whangai Academy” is achieving great results for young Maori in the Hutt Valley. The initiative, which is led by Te Ati Awa Iwi and the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), is delivered at WelTec’s Petone campus. In 2011 130 students are participating in the Tamaiti Whangai Academy. more....

"Te Puni Kokiri and WelTec Partnering for Success"

Media Release 22 - February 2012

WelTec is expanding its trades delivery so that more people have access to trades training.  As well as its Petone campus WelTec is setting up customised carpentry training facilities in Otaki, the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa.  “So far demand from young Maori for trades training has been good, but we want to encourage more school leavers to think about a career in the building and construction industry. more...