Support services

By: Chsrp  06-Dec-2011

The support offered by the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) is divided into three categories:

You are eligible for MAPAS if you have verified indigenous New Zealand Māori or Pacific whakapapa/ancestry and are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand. MAPAS eligibility and ancestry verification is approved upon receipt of a completed MH04 form.

General MAPAS Interviews for applicants who successfully apply under MAPAS for CertHSc, BHSc, BNurs (ie, provide verified MAPAS eligibility and formal application to the programme of study) may be invited to attend a general MAPAS interview. MAPAS interview places are limited; priority will be given to those who meet the ancestry requirements for MAPAS along with the appropriate academic or life experience as required by FMHS.

MAPAS also provides entry for indigenous Māori and Pacific students into MBChB and BPharm. A MAPAS Admissions Board reviews all applications and will determine whether an applicant is offered a MAPAS Medical or Pharmacy interview. This is based on an applicant’s academic record.

All MAPAS students within the faculty receive additional academic support designed to help them achieve success within their courses of study. MAPAS supports students academically by providing:

  • Additional group tutorials for specific courses (or 1:1 tutorials if required).
  • MAPAS specific study space and computer labs.
  • Study retreats (in conjunction with the Student Learning Centre). Homework centres and pre-exam study weekends.
  • Support to set up MAPAS study groups.
  • Senior academic representation on faculty/ programme boards including Board of Admissions, Board of Examiners, Board of Studies etc.
  • MAPAS completion and/or graduation ceremonies.

Academic support is provided in a culturally appropriate way for Māori and Pacific students (which may include whānau kai, marae/fale overnight stays, wānanga, and use of karakia/ prayer and the inclusion of extended whānau).

All MAPAS students within the faculty receive additional pastoral support designed to help them achieve success within their courses of study. This includes:

  • Access to a fulltime MAPAS coordinator for each programme, who is available to help students with any pastoral issues such as financial, personal, family, work.
  • Peer/whānau support through regular cohort lunches and wānanga.
  • MAPAS “Freshers” wānanga (held prior to Semester One to allow students to whakawhanaungatanga/get to know one another).
  • MAPAS-specific orientations eg, CertHSc Week 0 Orientation.
  • Attendance and progress tracking.
  • Scholarships information and application support.