Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a uniquely Māori learning environment for everyone. No matter who you are, if you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident living in NZ, they have amazing study possibilities available, and offer a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications all across New Zealand.
Their Disability Services can be accessed by people who are Deaf, experience disability or mental illness, have a medical condition, temporary injury or impairment, and experience barriers to learning and participating in their studies. Their Advisors work in partnership with you and your kaiako to help you get what you need so you can participate in your studies and achieve your educational goals. Assistance they can provide includes:
- Expert advice - their Student Support Advisors are at the heart of their service and are available to meet with you to help you work out what you need to engage, participate and complete your studies.
- Referral - help to connect with any internal assistance or external agencies, government and community organisations, and resources you might be interested in.
- Note-taking - captures class notes for eligible tauira.
- Reading - have your text and learning materials read out-loud when they are not in an accessible format for you to read independently.
- Access assistance (educational) - assistance to help you participate in your learning activities. Examples include accessing physical library materials, physical class materials, equipment, and assistance to participate in educational activities such as gathering harakeke etc.
- Hearing assistance - referral to Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy services for free hearing advice and testing. Access to free batteries for enrolled tauira who use hearing aides and cochlear implants, along with other short-term interventions which may assist you.
- Vision testing - referral for a free standard vision test.
- Site orientation - their Student Support Advisors can help make arrangements for you and your support people to gain access to your campus ahead of time so you can assess and identify any barriers within the spaces you will be using - this includes your Blind Low Vision campus orientation or access for your Occupational Therapist or ACC assessors etc.
- Seating -a range of ergonomic seating.
- Mobility Parking - display your up-to-date CCS mobility parking permit to access designated mobility car parks.
- Adaptive equipment, technologies and accessibility resources - talk to your Student Support Advisor to discuss your needs.
- Library Services - a range of library tools to assist with your reading and research requirements.
In Lower Hutt, programmes are available in te reo Māori, tikanga, Māori and indigenous art, and small business. Other programmes are available to study from home.