Undergraduate Targeted Admission Scheme Māori- LLB Part II application form for 2020 admission

To be eligible for consideration under the undergraduate targeted admission scheme  for Maori (UTAS Maori) you must:


  1. be a New Zealand Citizen/Permanent resident of New Zealand Māori descent; AND        
  2. have achieved at least a grade of C+ in each of LAW 121G, LAW 131 AND LAW 141 and have completed and passed 5 non-law courses (75 points) and have achieved an overall LawGPA of at least 3.0 (C+ average), across all your law and non-law courses; AND    
  3. have completed the on-line Application for Admission to LLB Part II by Sunday 1 December 2019; AND          
  4. have submitted this UTAS MĀORI on-line application and certification of Māori Ancestry form by Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 12 noon AND        
  5. attend a compulsory information session on either Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 6pm (TBC) or Tuesday 12 November at 6pm (TBC) in Room 225, Level 2, Building 810, (Law Student Centre), 1-11 Short Street. Auckland Central, AND
  6. attend an interview with the UTAS Māori Interview Panel on ONE of the following dates, between 9:00am and 5:30pm. A time will be scheduled for you. Your interview date & time will be emailed to your University email address. (If you have been interviewed previously you may still need to be interviewed again). 
  • Interview Dates:     Tuesday 3 December, Wednesday 4 December, Thursday 5 December, Friday 6 December, Monday 9 December, Tuesday 10 December or Wednesday 11 December.

Please read the following before completing the Ancestry section of the Application:

Ethnicity or Ancestry

Ethnicity is the ethnic group or groups that people identify with or feel they belong to, and is a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship. Ethnicity is self-perceived, and people can belong to more than one ethnic group. A person’s ethnicity may not necessarily match their ancestry.

Ancestry is a biological and historical concept and refers to a person's blood descent. You are eligible for consideration under the UTAS (Māori) if you are of indigenous Māori ancestry, and are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.

Certification of Ancestry

The certification of your Māori ancestry must be completed and submitted, in order for you to be considered under the UTAS Māori pathway. It must be signed by; a Church Elder, Community Leader, or Iwi Kaumātua who knows your family.

The Certifier must be of Māori descent and cannot be your sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent.

In special cases, the certifier might be a Justice of the Peace (JP) or Government office holder, but only with prior approval of the Pouāwhina Māori or  Kaiārahi.

Note: The JP need not be of Māori descent.

Please note that the above certification process can take some time, so please don’t leave this until the last minute.

Please download the family tree and certification form (below) and complete this prior to submitting your application.

Should it be necessary to seek clarification of any of the information submitted, the named certifier will be contacted by phone. UTAS Māori eligibility will not be considered until this form has been completed and any verification concerns have been addressed. If for any reason the verification process has not been completed prior to an interview, verification and therefore eligibility may in that case need to be determined after the interview.

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Personal details
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Contact details
I acknowledge that if I am offered a place in Part II under UTAS Māori that this obligates me to sign an agreement with the Faculty of Law, and to abide by the conditions of the agreement.
The Agreement states that you will be an active participant in the Faculty of Law's MĀORI ACADEMIC PROGRAMME (MAP) for the duration of your studies in LLB Part II and Part III. To maintain a place in the LLB programme you must, among other things, attend and actively participate in: Part II Orientation (both general and Māori), Te Rākau Ture Part II Camp, MAP tutorials, Pre-exam Intensive Wānanga, and Academic Planning Meetings (APMs). Your enrolments will be restricted to a maximum of 70 points of Law courses per year (up to a total of 100 points per year including non-law courses, with prior approval by the Pouāwhina Māori). Any variations from the agreed enrolment restrictions must be approved in writing by the Pouāwhina Māori and/or Kaiārahi.
Have you applied online for LLB Part II?
Have you attended an interview previously and been accepted for entry under UTAS Māori at the time of your earlier application?
You may not need to attend an interview if you have been interviewed previously AND accepted for entry under the UTAS Māori scheme at the time of application.
If you are applying for any other targeted admission scheme(s), please indicate which one(s):
Do you identify as Māori?
I wish to conduct my interview in:
Certification of Māori Ancestry
Download link to the form can be found in the box above
Certifier’s designation
*If none of the above is selected you will not be eligible to apply under UTAS Māori, without the prior approval of the Pouāwhina Māori.
Personal statement

Introductory comments:

The UTAS Māori exists to address issues of under-representation of Māori people within the Law Faculty, and also within the New Zealand legal community. It is essential, therefore, that applicants admitted under this scheme are willing and able to use the skills and knowledge they will acquire through their studies to benefit Māori people. This can be done in many ways, for example, through positive role modelling, community involvement, or advocacy. The following questions will help the UTAS Māori panel assess your motivation and ability to contribute to this objective.


  • You should attach relevant documentation to support your statement (e.g. references, certificates, letters of recommendation, photographs), wherever possible.
  • You may have to compile the relevant documents into a single PDF or DOC file for each question below.
  • The Family Tree and Certification form MUST be included with your application.
  • If you have any technical issues or queries, please contact Grace Abbott – g.abbott@auckland.ac.nz before Wednesday 27 November at 5pm
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File type must be PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, DOC or XLS format
File type must be PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, DOC or XLS format
File type must be PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, DOC or XLS format
File type must be PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, DOC or XLS format
File type must be PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, DOC or XLS format
File type must be PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, DOC or XLS format