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Tauira (Student) Complaints

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has a policy and process for tauira to make formal complaints.

Definition of a complaint 

Our tauira complaints policy defines a complaint as:

“any type of problem, concern or grievance about TWoA or the TWoA environment. Tauira may also make a complaint about a matter relating to any aspect of their studies or journey at TWoA. This may include but is not limited to bullying, discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or victimisation.”

(N.B.  There are a couple of issues the tauira complaints policy does not apply to. See below.)

Try and talk it through first . . . 

If you are disappointed with some part of your journey at TWoA we encourage you to talk to the kaimahi (staff) concerned. Our kaimahi want you, our tauira, to have the best possible experience with us and welcome opportunities to talk through and resolve any issues you’re having.            

If you’re not sure which kaimahi you should talk to about your particular issue – or you’d like some more guidance - please contact your local Student Support advisors or the Student Support National Team – contact details below.

Making a formal complaint

If you’ve tried talking the issue through with the kaimahi concerned and are still not satisfied with the situation you may make a formal complaint via our tauira complaints process. (You may go straight to the tauira complaints process if you wish).

You need to make your complaint on the Tauira Complaints form:

Tauira Complaints form

If you need help or advice to access the form or fill it in please contact your local Student Support advisors or the Student Support National Team.

Click the link below for a flowchart showing the tauira complaints process and also, to review our Tauira Complaints policy:

The Tauira Complaints Process

The Tauira Complaints Policy

Issues the tauira complaints policy doesn’t apply to:  

Education Reviews

If you want to request a review of a decision made on education matters relating to your studies, you need to complete and submit an Application for an Educational Review form Education Review matters include:

  • Admission to programmes
  • Cross credits
  • Credit transfer
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Assessment results
  • Award of qualifications
  • Compassionate consideration applications
  • Alleged educational honesty or other breach of behaviour expectations
  • Any other decision that is included in Tikanga Ako (Educational Regulations).

For help with tauira complaints . . .    

You can reach your local Student Support advisors or the Student Support National team in Hamilton on the TWoA 0800 355 553 number or by email: