Out of the ashes

Dayne Ngatuere1

Team Leader:Māori And Pasifika Student Support Advisors, Ara Institute of Canterbury

Widening access to and success in higher education is at the heart of the Ara Institute of Canterbury’s mission. We aim to support students, whatever their backgrounds, to reach their potential and fulfil their ambitions. Māori achieving academic success as Māori. As Māori means being able to have access to te ao Māori, the Māori world – access to language, culture, marae, tikanga and resources.
Earl (2007) suggests that the key intervention point for a successful transition to tertiary education appears to be in the first semester of the first year of study. The literature identifies that this hinges on the extent to which students are socially and academically connected and supported to feel welcome and confident engaging in the new tertiary environment.
The key transition barrier is Māori and Pasifika students being unprepared academically and unfamiliar with tertiary academic requirements and environment.
This leads to the students’ sense of isolation (Curtis et al. 2012). The barriers are easy to identify the issues arise around the enablers and opportunities. Enablers identified in the literature were often simply things that work against barriers; we focus on four enablers for Māori and Pasifika students: soft skill career preparation; space and time to establish relationships; culturally appropriate academic and pastoral support; and quality teaching practice. This led to the creation of He Toki ki te Rika, born out of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake; a partnership was founded between Ara Institute of Canterbury, Industry and Ngāi Tahu (the principal Māori tribe of the Southern region of New Zealand).


He ao te rangi ka uhia, mā te huruhuru te manu ka rere. The sky needs clouds to clothe it. Birds need feathers to fly.
Ko Tararua ngā paemaunga
Ko Ruamāhanga te awa
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Kahungunu te tangata
Ko Dayne Ngatuere toku ingoa.

Dayne Ngatuere
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Team Leader: Māori and Pasifika Student Support Advisors

Dayne is the team Leader: Māori and Pasifika Student Support Advisors. He has a Bachelor in Political Science, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and has been at Ara Institute of Canterbury since 2014.


The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education.

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