National mentoring service for Māori and Pasifika students

The National Mentoring Service is a community-based initiative. It's aimed at supporting young Māori and Pasifika students, in a culturally responsive way, to successfully achieve NCEA. Evidence shows mentoring helps students achieve academic success and the service plans to support students by working with them and their school, friends, families, whānau and communities.

The mentoring service builds on the strengths of He Ara Tika,

Availability of this service

The service will initially be available in selected schools in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Opotiki, Tolaga Bay, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Whanganui/Manawatu, Wellington Region, and Christchurch.

Criteria for students to receive mentoring support

For a student to be eligible for mentoring support, they must meet the following criteria:

  • be Māori or Pasifika
  • in Years 11, 12, or 13
  • show signs they are unlikely to achieve NCEA by themselves
  • the young person and their family agree to participate and enter into the programme
  • the school has identified that the mentoring programme is an appropriate mechanism to support the student's NCEA achievement.

How the service works

Students are supported academically, with pastoral support provided where needed. Mentors tailor the service to the student’s needs, local resources and circumstances. Mentors also work with students, their schools and their families, whānau and communities.
For more information about the mentoring service email:

Further information

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