Academic support

There are a number of support programmes available that can help Pacific student realise their academic potential.

Pacific Equity Adviser


The Student Equity Team at the Equity Office work with three main student groups, including Pacific students. The Pacific Equity Adviser provides Pacific students with course planning advice and support to help students succeed at the University.

Cathleen Fetokai
Pacific Equity Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext: 87844
Email: c.fetokai@auckland.ac.nz

Tuākana programme


Tuākana is a University-wide tutoring and mentoring programme that operates across some of the faculties at The University of Auckland. It is designed to help Māori and Pacific students fulfil their academic potential by providing an environment that supports students – via tutorials, workshops, study groups and sessions with tutors and mentors.

The programmes are lead by senior students (tuākana) providing specific assistance to new students (teina).

Each faculty with the Tuākana programme will have mentors that will be familiar with your area of study.

The Tuākana Equity Adviser, based in the Equity Office, can help to answer questions about the programme and help you to register.

Geremy Hema
Tuākana Equity Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext: 84283
Email: g.hema@auckland.ac.nz

Some faculties offer a support system similar to the Tuākana programme, providing a structured support programme for Pacific students.

Tā te Ākonga (Student Learning)


The Te Fale Pouāwhina Programme is coordinated by a team of energetic Māori and Pasifika university tutors who are committed to facilitating Māori and Pasifika student success. They provide workshops, study groups and individual tutoring at both undergraduate and postgraduate level within an environment based on kaupapa Māori and Pasifika principles.

The programme is coordinated by Matthew Tarawa and Mona O'Shea at Student Learning.

Matthew Tarawa
Tutor, Centre for Academic Development – Student Learning
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext: 88608 or 86665
Email: m.tarawa@auckland.ac.nz

Mona O’Shea
Tutor, Centre for Academic development – Student Learning
Phone: 88970 or 86665
Email: m.oshea@auckland.ac.nz