Regional mentoring service for Māori and Pacific students

The Regional Mentoring Service is aimed at supporting young Māori and Pacific students, in a culturally responsive way, to successfully achieve NCEA 2 or an equivalent qualification. 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.

Availability of this service

The service is available in selected schools in all 10 education regions. For more information email:

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're unlikely to achieve NCEA 2 or an equivalent qualification 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 2 or equivalent 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 email:

Further information

The Māori education strategy: Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success 2013 -2017

Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017

Vocational Pathways — Youth Guarantee website(external link)

National Certificate of Educational Achievement — NZQA website(external link)

Careers New Zealand website(external link)

NZ Youth Mentoring Network website(external link)

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