Meet the schools outreach team

Ainsley O'Connell

Schools Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

Phone: 021 087 11244

I'm excited to be at University of Auckland working in the Faculty of Arts as Schools Outreach and Student Recruitment Specialist and managing the schools outreach team. Along with promoting the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies, I really enjoy developing outreach activities to engage and inspire secondary school students.

As a BA graduate, I'm passionate when it comes to speaking about the value of a BA and encouraging students to study beyond secondary school. I also enjoy liaising with individual schools, teachers and students and discovering ways the Faculty of Arts can add value to student learning and success and provide professional development to teachers. If you are a student embarking on your Arts journey or a teacher or careers advisor looking for ways to engage your students or staff with the Faculty and University, please get in touch, I would love to start the conversation!

Mohi Allen

Kaitakawaenga (Māori and Pacific Schools Outreach and Recruitment Specialist)

Phone: 022 462 8647

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi,
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Mohi Allen tōku ingoa.
He uri nō ngā marae maha o Te Tai Tokerau whānui, nō Ngāi Te Rangi, nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa hoki.

I am honoured to be the Faculty of Arts Kaitakawaenga. I am passionate about this role as it puts me in a position where I am able to engage kanohi-ki-te-kanohi with prospective Māori and Pacific students within schools who are interested in taking up an Arts degree, while offering ongoing support for our tauira

My role is grounded in four core values:

  • Pōwhiri (welcoming our students with open arms)
  • Turangawaewae, tu'u'angavae (providing our students a place to stand)
  • Whakawhanaungatanga, tauhi vaha'a (building, maintaining and nurturing relationships)
  • Manaakitanga (strengthening, encouraging and caring for our students)

I hope to not only reflect these Māori and Pacific values, but to also ensure that tika, pono and aroha (integrity, respect and compassion) are paramount in all aspects of this role.

I want to show Māori and Pacific students that they can stand and succeed as Māori and Pacific at New Zealand's leading university. I see my role as a way of giving back to the community that raised me and inspiring more rangatahi to seek higher education.

Ngā tauwhirotanga a te wāhi ngaro ki runga ki a tātou katoa.

Caroline Vercoe

Schools Outreach – Academic Lead

Phone: 09 923 7489

I am a Pacific art historian who has been teaching, curating, researching and publishing in the area of contemporary art for over twenty years. I recently completed a three year term as the Associate Dean Students in the Faculty of Arts and during this time began developing programmes in secondary schools to highlight the relevance of BA subjects, and increase students' understanding of exciting career pathways for those studying the Bachelor of Arts.

I am currently teaching courses in global art history and contemporary Pacific art, and working with Arts students involved in the Junior Arts programme, which facilitates workshops with Year Ten students. While the Junior Arts programme is my main focus for schools outreach, I also work closely with Ainsley to develop on-campus professional development initiatives for teachers supporting their students' preparation for the New Zealand Scholarship examination.