Maori Mentors: Expectations and perceptions


  • Shirley Jean Barnett Massey University
  • Ina Te Wiata Massey University



Indigenous, Developing attributes,


This article is informed by a kaupapa Māori methodology and reports on a “by Māori for Māori” peer mentoring programme. The programme, offered by the College of Business at Massey University, focuses on Māori students who are studying at a distance. We outline the programme and the experiences and perceptions from kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) interviews and discussions with seven Māori student mentors who are studying internally. Using Durie’s (2009) model of Māori student success we identify a number of attributes that mentors developed by participating in this programme and providing help and support to distance students. Results suggest that mentoring programmes can provide mentors with opportunities to develop in areas such as leadership, which may not have been previously identified and discussed in the literature.

Author Biographies

Shirley Jean Barnett, Massey University

Lecturer, School of Management

Ina Te Wiata, Massey University

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