Who We Are

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a uniquely Māori learning environment for everyone.

We’re not a university or a polytech. We’re a wānanga. And that’s just a little bit different.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has provided a fresh and vibrant alternative within the New Zealand tertiary education sector for 30 years, enhancing the skills and employment opportunities of more than 300,000 graduates.

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You’re welcome at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

No matter who you are, if you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident living in NZ, we have amazing study possibilities for you.

If you want to learn in an environment that’s been designed for your success and you don’t want to go far from home to do it, this is the place for you. For over 30 years we’ve been delivering recognised qualifications to meet the needs of school leavers, business professionals, empty-nest mums and dads, indigenous academics and kaumātua.

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We’re one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education providers

We offer a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life.

Certificates, diplomas, degrees and a masters degree, we do it all. And we do it with commitment, aroha, and all the support you might need along the way. Culturally rich and inclusive, we believe that what’s good for Māori is good for the world, and we’d love for you to come and experience that.

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We have more than 80 locations across New Zealand

We aim to overcome barriers to learning, and to meet the needs of all within the communities we serve.

We provide a unique learning environment across sites in more than 80 towns and cities around the country to help you upskill, get started on a learning journey, or have a second chance at education. So come on, check us out. We’d love you to be part of our whānau.

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Dedicated student services

Our student services teams are passionate, experienced, and go above and beyond.

Our learning spaces are well-resourced, and the amount of support we have on offer is really impressive. If you want help you on your learning journey, we can support you.

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We welcome your interest, and we look forward to the opportunity to become your Wānanga.

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Phone 0800 355 553 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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