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Manaaki Ākonga – Mentoring and Peer Tutoring

Mā te tuakana ka tōtika te teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana.
From the older sibling, the younger one learns the right way to do things,
From the younger sibling, the older sibling learns how to be tolerant.

We understand that some students may learn the best from another student and have two support programmes available that connect experienced students with those who may benefit from a helping hand. Our teaching staff has recommended our tuākana and peer tutors as showing all the key attributes to support other students coming through.

What is in it for you? 

  • Out of class support 
  • Focused support 
  • Tutoring from a current student who knows your programme
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Tuākana-Tēina is an inclusive model of support based around the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and information through connected relationships, respect, and care for learners. 

Tuākana are experienced Wintec learners who facilitate regular study groups within their programme of study. They understand the struggles and rewards of student life for those navigating their first year of study and are committed to helping make your journey as smooth as possible. Tēina are learners studying with us for the first time.

In a study group, tuākana can support with:
  • Fostering a safe place and space to ask questions and meet other people
  • Course advice 
  • Moodle help
  • Study tips and tricks
  • Pastoral support (alongside our kaiāwhina)
  • Links to other support services
  • Fostering a safe place and space to ask questions and meet other people

If you are interested in connecting with a tuākana for your study needs, please email

Peer tutors

Peer tutors are experienced and knowledgeable learners who have previously completed the course you are studying and are able to provide effective tutoring on course content. They can also link you to other support services.

Peer tutors are available to provide the following types of support:
  • 1:1 
  • Small groups 
  • Embedded in class 
You can schedule an appointment with a peer tutor by emailing

Meet our staff

“Ka whāngaia, ka tupu, ka puāwai”
That which is nurtured, will blossom, and grow. 
If we take the time to nurture and support our students,
then they will succeed and flourish.

Click the buttons below to meet our student support staff.

Kerri Huaki

Tuākana Coordinator

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Raelene Hoogeveen

Peer Tutor Coordinator

Contact us

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm and you can find us at Te Kete Manaaki in the Gallagher Hub at the Hamilton City Campus.

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