What is Maia Māori Centre?

Maia teamWe provide academic support, scholarship information and study workshops. You can visit us for personal support including counselling, or for a cup of tea and a chat. We also look after Unitec’s Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, a cultural hub and a much-loved part of Unitec life.

Nau mai, haere mai. Our Maia whānau are here to help.

Services and locations

Puukenga (Building 171, Mt Albert campus)

Puukenga is the building that houses Maia’s administrative centre. It was set up 20 years ago as the first point of contact for Māori students, staff and the community. There are classrooms, a computer suite, a study space for students and a kitchen you can use. Our friendly staff are always available for a cup of tea and chat.


Maia Student Centre (all campuses)

Available on all Unitec campuses, Maia Student Centre is the place to go for study support, personal guidance and scholarship information. You can join a group workshop, request one-to-one support with one of our academic development lecturers, or use the shared computers and study spaces.

Mt Albert campus

  • Building 180, room 1001
  • Mon - Fri, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Waitākere campus

  • Building 500, room 1041
  • Mon – Fri, 8.30am - 4pm
  • Drop in: Monday all day, Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon
  • Maia pastoral care (by appointment), Fridays. Whaea Lynda: ltoki@unitec.ac.nz

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Te Hononga (Building 1, Mt Albert campus) is our Māori architecture studio where students experiment with traditional and modern forms and materials. There’s also a common room for all students to drop in and use.

Whai Ake is our mentoring and scholarship programme for first-year Māori students. Scholarship recipients receive $2000 towards their programme fees and are also paired with an individual mentor. Our Whai Ake students are also involved in cultural and social activities so it’s a great way to make friends too.

We also offer free Māori language evening short courses and we teach a range of Mātauranga Māori electives.

Kia rarangatia te kōwhaiwhaitanga o te tika, te pono me te aroha hei oranga mō tātou whakaminenga, kia tū rangatira ai.
Weaving together appropriate, valid and compassionate lifelong experiences to meet the aspirations of our communities.