Awhi mai, awhi atu. Connecting with our hāpori (community) can provide the social and cultural support you’re looking for.
Connecting with your iwi and community
There is a wide network of hāpori (community) contacts that can provide you with support while you study, both in person and remotely. There is also funding that you can apply for to support you in gaining your qualifications.
Find your iwi contacts
If you know your whakapapa you can visit the list of iwi websites and registration forms on our main website. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change, so if you can’t find your iwi listed you could try the Te Puni Kōkiri website. You could also search online or speak to your whanāu about your iwi connections.
Iwi funding for tertiary education is available for those studying at OP, Te Pūknga. To access this funding you will need to be a registered descendant. To become registered, you will need to fill out a form with your iwi.
Don’t know your iwi?
If would like some support searching for your whakapapa, please get in touch with our team at Te Pūnaka Ōwheo. We also offer whakapapa workshops periodically. We post about any upcoming workshops on our Facebook page.
Below is a list of community groups and organisations that here to support you.
Community groups and services
Community based health and social services, supporting the holistic wellbeing of individuals and their whānau.
Kaupapa Māori service available to address the needs of Tangata Whaiora with a mental health disorder or diagnosis
A ‘one stop shop’ for family wellbeing, providing a range of affordable health care and free outreach social services. A kaupapa Māori organisation that supports a broad section of the community.
The Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre is one of 24 community Law Centres in Aotearoa, based in Ōtepoti. They provide legal services relating to Māori land and FREE community education.
Local urban marae in Ōtepoti.