Māori and Pasifika Student Support

The role of the Pouwhirinaki Staff is to provide on-campus support for Māori and Pasifika students studying at EIT | Te Pūkenga. We achieve this by providing a confidential setting for students to discuss their educational needs.

The Pouwhirinaki aims to encourage participation, retention and success of Māori and Pasifika students.

Pouwhirinaki Services aim to:-

  • Provide cultural support and pastoral care
  • Provide a confidential setting where students are able to come in and talk freely

We will support students with:

  • Iwi grants and Māori Scholarships
  • Mihi and basic te reo
  • Access to course required texts
  • Academic mentoring
  • Filling out forms
  • Studylink for student loans and allowances
  • Tangihanga support
  • Provide information and support for students dealing with unacceptable behavior

Hawke’s Bay Campus

The Pouwhirinaki office is located in the Library (L140). Feel free to come and visit us anytime during the office hours, if we are not available you can make an appointment at the service desk.

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm


Kaihoe Apiata
Phone: 06 830 1831
Email: kapiata@eit.ac.nz
Office: L140 – Cultural Support Office in the Library



Kaitohutohu Taituarā Ahurea, Cultural Support Advisor
Hauora Māori Scholarship Support

Joanna Kaukau
Phone: 06 830 1028
Email: jkaukau@eit.ac.nz
Office: L140 – Māori and Pasifika Student Liaison Office in the Library

Studylink and Pasifika Support Officer

Sharon Malaitai
Phone: 06 830 1107
Email: smalaitai@eit.ac.nz
Office: L140 – Cultural Support Office in the Library

Tairāwhiti Campus

The Pouwhirinaki staff are located in the Student Support Services offices in R Block.

The team are available Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, or contact them below to make an appointment.

Pouwhirinaki Staff

Nikki Keepa
Student Wellbeing Advisor
Phone: 06 869 3141
Email: nkeepa@eit.ac.nz

Phillipa Harrison
Student Support Advisor
Phone: 06 869 0810 ext. 7331
Email: pharrison@eit.ac.nz

Luseane Tupouniua
Student Support Advisor – Pacific Learners
Phone: 06 869 3056
Email: ltupouniua@eit.ac.nz

Simone Shivnan-Ruru
Student Support Advisor – Disability and International Learners
Phone: 06 869 0810 ext. 7750
Email: sshivnan@eit.ac.nz