Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS)

Use the links below to learn more about MAPAS.

MAPAS overview

MAPAS is a supportive environment that provides admission, academic and pastoral support for Māori and Pacific students who are studying foundation and undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Our goal is to support the transitioning and retention of MAPAS students through their cultural and educational journey to successfully complete and graduate.


Am I eligible?

You are eligible for MAPAS if you:

  1. Have verified indigenous New Zealand Māori or Pacific whakapapa/ancestry, and
  2. Are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand, and
  3. Have applied for entry into a FMHS programme.

How do I become a MAPAS student?

To become a MAPAS student you must:

  1. Go to www.auckland.ac.nz/applynow and complete an online application for admission to your programme of choice by the closing date set by the programme.
  2. Submit a MH04 form by the due date outlined on the MH04 form.
  3. Attend a MAPAS General or Specialty Interview.
  4. Be offered (and accept) a place in a FMHS programme.

Important dates:

MAPAS General Interview dates for 2018 entry:
  • Monday 11 - Friday 15 December 2017
MAPAS Specialty Interview dates for 2018 entry:
  • Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 November 2017

MAPAS General Interviews

Applicants who are eligible for MAPAS and have applied to the CertHSc, BHSc and BNurs will be invited to attend a MAPAS General Interview. This interview process is used to establish the best starting point for a career in health. 

The MAPAS General Interview involves the following process:

  • Mihi Whakatau - applicants and their whānau attend a Māori welcome at the beginning of the interview day.
  • Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) - rotating through a number of stations for short 1:1 interviews.
  • Testing - basic numeracy and literacy is assessed by written tests.
  • Feedback - you will receive feedback, including a provisional best starting point based on our assessment of the MMI and testing.
A final MAPAS recommendation is made in mid-January when Year 13 school results become available.



MAPAS Specialty Interviews

Applicants who are eligible for MAPAS and have met programme application requirements for MBChB, BPharm and BOptom may be invited to attend a MAPAS Specialty Interview.

The MAPAS Specialty Interview consists of a Multiple Mini Interview involving five stations assessing suitability to enter Medicine, Pharmacy and Optometry under MAPAS.

Please note all MAPAS Specialty Interviewees will also need to attend a programme interview.


Academic and Pastoral Support for MAPAS students

MAPAS Academic Support includes:

  • Tracking of academic progress.
  • MAPAS group tutorials for specific courses.
  • MAPAS study space and computers.
  • Study workshops and wānanga (in conjunction with Student Learning Services).

MAPAS Pastoral Support includes:

  • Access to a MAPAS Student Advisor for each programme, who is available to help students with any pastoral issues such as accommodation, financial, personal, family or work.
  • Assistance to access key support services such as Student Health and Counselling, Student Learning Services, Spiritual and Religious Support, Tuākana Network, and Student Disability Services.
  • Cultural development and support through workshops and wānanga.
  • Peer support through regular cohort meetings.
  • MAPAS Wānanga held prior to Semester One.

Scholarships for MAPAS students

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