Te Toka Māori Mentor Support

Te Toka Māori Mentor support provides experienced university students or kaiawhina from different schools of study. Te Toka mentors are not lecturers, nor are they tutors; they are fellow students who have "been there, done that" and passed successfully. They have a wealth of knowledge and tips to help you successfully navigate your academic journey.

Te Toka mentors are available to support Māori students at the University's Tauranga campus.

For more information and if you need any help contact Danielle Squire on or message her on our Facebook page

Te Toka Māori Mentor Support Coordinator - Danielle Squire

Tauhara te maunga
Taupō te moana
Waikato te awa
Te Arawa te waka
Te Heuheu te tangata whenua
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Waipahihi te marae
Danielle Squire ahau

Kia ora Whanau,

It is awesome to come back to my old study stomping ground.

My name is Danielle Squire and it feels like I have returned home after a long adventure away. Tauranga has been home to my son and I for 7 years; having moved here in 2009 from the beautiful Taupo to find new experiences.

I made the decision to complete the BMS which I had started in Hamilton back in 2004. I took up my business studies at the Bongard Centre where I eventually found myself having to either commute to Hamilton to follow my major options, or to cross credit into another study pathway. I completed the NZ Diploma in Business and went on to graduate here in Tauranga with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) in 2013.

I am joining the team here at UoW after spending time working in the community, supporting young people and their whanau with Te Aranui Youth Trust. It is an exciting new direction to be part of the Te Toka team where I can hopefully encourage a positive learning direction for the students here at UoW.

I am on the arduous journey of the postgraduate study pathway with a focus on Education Psychology. I see it as an opportunity for me to continue to support student and whanau in the community to have greater access to support and positive educational success.

I look forward to exciting times ahead and hope you all experience positive success with your own education journeys.

Nga mihi,