Whitireia and WelTec are dedicated to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our Iwi partnerships are a big part of our identity.
Whitireia has a long relationship with Ngāti Toa Rangatira that reaches back to the very beginning of the institution. Ngāti Toa Rangatira are central to the introduction of manuhiri to Whitireia, officiating at pōwhiri for new students and welcoming new staff at Takapūwāhia Marae.
Ngāti Toa Rangatira have been instrumental in facilitating the development of new programmes with a particular focus on impacting the local community. In 2008, Ngāti Toa Rangatira were strong advocates for the development of the Bachelor of Nursing Māori, motivated by a desire to provide the best and most effective health care for their people and to see Māori students graduating and succeeding in the industry.
Te Whare Wānanga o te Awakairangi – Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) has a long-standing relationship with Te Ātiawa.
Te Ātiawa established the Tamaiti Whangai student support team with WelTec, which works to ensure the success of Māori students. Our Māori student mentors support students in their study or training, as well as helping with any other issues.
WelTec strongly supports the vision of Te Ātiawa for Māori to achieve their career goals.
In 2008, WelTec and Te Ātiawa signed a memorandum of understanding, a partnership agreement that is renewed every two years. WelTec also has an agreement with Waiwhetu Marae, where we hold our Māori student orientation.
An iwi advisory group, Ātiawanuitonu, provides advice to WelTec on iwi aspirations and plans.
Ātiawanuitonu advisory group: Terms of reference (PDF)