Whakapiki Ake Programme

Whakapiki Ake offers exposure to health career options, academic enrichment and transitioning programmes, some financial support and Māori leadership development. Whakapiki Ake primarily works with secondary school students, however mature students may be eligible for Whakapiki Ake support. Whakapiki Ake also actively engages with whānau.

For a more in-depth look into our services and initiatives, feel free to explore the options below.

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Whakapiki Ake visits Year 9-11 rangatahi from July to September to offer interactive workshops that:

  • Encourage rangatahi to think about cultural identity and sense of self
  • Foster decision-making skills and learning to learn
  • Help uncover their future potential

Te Whe 2020
This one-day interactive programme provides:

  • Exposure to science and potential health career choices
  • Connection with Māori role models
  • Awareness of the importance of core secondary school subjects
  • Support to fulfil future potential

Programmes are held in Auckland, Tauranga and Whakatane.

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The Whakapiki Ake team visits North Island schools and kura to present to rangatahi who indicate an interest in a health career. Our presentations:

  • Are student-centered
  • Focus on academic pathways to a career in health
  • Encourage the study of two or three applied sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at Level 2 or 3 (IB or CIE equivalent), Mathematics and an English-rich subject

Hui ā Rohe
Whakapiki Ake team undertakes regional visits to:

  • Connect with rangatahi (Years 9-13) and their whānau, iwi, schools and other interested groups
  • Discuss topics such as maximising school impact of choices at Year 8-11, understanding how NCEA/UE works, academic pathways, prepping Year 12-13 for health sciences, and key tips for tertiary study and application assistance.

M.A.S.H 2023
MASH is a four-day, Year 12 academic enrichment wānanga held at Waipapa Marae, the University of Auckland. Māori students eligible to apply should:

  • Have an interest in a health career
  • Have exposure to NCEA Level 2 applied sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Mathematics, and English (or IB or CIE equivalent)

C.O.A.C.H 2022
COACH is a four-day, Year 13 transitioning wānanga at Waipapa Marae, the University of Auckland. Eligible Māori students should:

  • Have an interest in a health career
  • Have exposure to NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 in applied sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Mathematics, and English-rich subjects (or IB or CIE equivalent)
  • Intend to enroll in an Faculty of Medical Health Sciences (FMHS) programme at the University of Auckland the following year