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Ngā Mōkai o Ngā Whetū

Founded in 2007, Ngā Mōkai O Ngā Whetū is the Aotearoa NZ Māori Dental Students' Association, set up by tauira, for tauira, to help support and promote participation, development and success of all Māori students studying Oral health at University of Otago and AUT.

The association includes postgraduate and undergraduate students from all fields in Oral health, including Dentistry, Dental Specialities, Dental Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Dental Technology, Bachelor of Oral Health.

The logo above was designed by Raniera Ellison in 2016, and symbolises bringing things to fruition; being guided by the heavens in creating their will; moving in a way of peace; being aware of and catering to the spiritual and environmental, while also providing for the wider communities.

The objectives of Ngā Mōkai are set to enhance the whakawhanaungatanga between students and staff while maintaining the authenticity of Māori and integrity of both Universities to develop well academically but in an environment that caters for the individuality of Māori.


Our objectives

Provide peer support to all Māori students interested in dental related fields.

Provide mentors for new and graduating dental students through the Te Kaiārahi programme.

To make a contribution to and awhi dental excursions, events, ventures and skill development of our members.

To give students the opportunity to liase and network with other health professionals.

To provide the Dental School with guidance when asked on Māori matters pertaining to oral Health.


Current Activities

Being a part of mihiwhakatau, the official welcoming of new students

Attending Te Ao Mārama Hui a Tau and involvement in the Te Kaiārahi mentoring programme

Representation on Te Ao Mārama by an executive member

Attendance at the biannual HSFY hui organized by the Māori centre at Otago University

Regular meetings with the executive and members

Provision of dental school tours and presentations for prospective students

Organisation of celebrations of te wiki o te reo 

Presenting graduating students with a Tohu from Ngā Mōkai o Ngā Whetū

End of year formal dinner


Ngā Mōkai O Ngā Whetū Ki Ōtepoti, University of Otago 2023

Tūmuaki: Te Rauhina , Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Kai Tahu - Hapū: Ngati Hinewaka, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti, Ngāi Tūāhuriri - BDS5

Tūmuaki Tuarua: Ethan Kamana , Iwi: Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki -  Hapū: Ngati Hamua, Ngāti Rongo, Te Whānau-Pani, Tamakaimoana, Ngāti Hinganga, Ngāti Te Kanawa, Ngāti Huiao, Ngāti Haupoto BDS5

BOH Kaiwhakahaere: Bella Wilson, Ngāti Kahungungu - BOH3

Kaituhi: Phoebe Skinner, Iwi: Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahu - BDS4

Kaitiaki Pūtea: Sara McCarthy, Iwi: Ngāpuhi - Hapū: Te Mahurehure  - BDS5

Kaiwhakahaere Mātauranga: Breanna Jansen, Te Arawa - Hapū: Ngāti Moetonga - BDS4

Te Māngai ki Tua: Josiah Kirk, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga - Hapū: Ngāti Wehiwehi - BDS5


Ngā Mōkai O Ngā Whetū Ki Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland University of Technology 2023

Tūmuaki: Natasha Apiti-Pickup, Ko Ngāti Maniapoto - BOH 2

Tūmuaki tuarua: Kandra Kauwhata, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ki Wairarapa, Ngai Tahu - BOH 3



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