Top of the South/Te Tauihu iwi are important partners for NMIT. They provide advice on the development of programmes, work with us to provide scholarships for students and Kaumātua (Māori elders) provide guidance and support for NMIT students and staff.

NMIT Māori Council

A representative from the NMIT Māori Council sits on the NMIT Council.

Te Reo Māori

Working together with our iwi partners, we are driving towards offering degree-level study in Te Reo in the region - striving for excellence in Te Reo and mātauranga Māori, raising the level and increasing the number of fluent speakers. In 2015, we launched a new diploma in Māori studies - Te Hāpara and revamped the delivery of existing Te Reo programmes. We also offer a certificate in Māori Visual Arts - Kāwai Raupapa Rauangi.


Local iwi support a number of study scholarships for students at NMIT.


NMIT has Kaumātua (Māori elders) who have an important role to play in preserving traditions and knowledge, providing leadership, and nurturing the younger generations.

Te Tauihu tribes

Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Māui is the prow of Māui’s canoe – the top of the South Island. Many different iwi (tribes) have migrated to these fertile, mineral-rich lands. Today, eight tribes form the region’s tangata whenua population.

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