Tikanga Māori

Ko te mihi tuatahi ko tuku aumahi ki ngā kaitiaki o tēnei whenua e noho ana tātou. Tēnā koutou Ngāti Kahu.

E whai whakaaro ana mātou ki te ahurea, ki te tuhonotanga ki tēnei whenua,  ka mihi ake ki tēnei hononga o tātau ki te mana whenua a Ngāti Kahu, ko te manako ia ka tū kaha, ka tū maia, ka tū pakari tō tāua hononga hai ngā rangi e haere ake nei. 

BTI acknowledge Ngāti Kahu as mana whenua of the land upon which the campus is situated.  We are committed to developing Tiriti-based relationships and connection as we work alongside each other. As a campus we endeavour to grow an authentic partnership of mutual care and understanding while embracing tikanga and kawa of tangata whenua. BTI appreciates the generosity of Ngāti Kahu to partner with us in our learning journey.

BTI is committed to strengthening and growing the covenantal intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Cultural values and perspectives are interwoven with our underlying Christian philosophy, principles, and vision. We recognise this journey is a continual move towards mana ōrite and the living out of relationships that build reconciliation and shalom.

Rurea, taitea kia tū ko taikākā anake – Strip away the bark and expose the heartwood.

Whiria te tangata – Weave the people together

BTI Mural

Te Kahao, with the mural "the eye of the needle"

Iwi Scholarships

BTI is honoured to partner with Tauranga Moana and Ngati Kahu iwi, offering scholarships to potential students affiliated with those iwi. Scholarships cover tuition fees and levies for each year of study, subject to terms and conditions. Applications will be considered for any BTI teaching, counselling or social work programmes.

Contact BTI’s applications administrator to find out more. 

Other scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available through the Māori Education Trust for Tertiary students. To find out more, please visit their website.

Applications for 2022 scholarships will open in December 2021.


The colours of this korowai remind us of the awa and Tauranga Moana that BTI is sited near.

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