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!

Kesaia Tapueluelu

Kaitakawaenga (Māori and Pacific Schools Outreach and Recruitment Specialist)

Phone: 027 218 5195

Kia ora koutou and malo 'e tau ma'u kihe 'ahoni,
Ko hoku hingoa ko Kesaia Tapueluelu.

I have the privilege of being the Faculty of Arts Kaitakawaenga. My role has put me in a position where I am able to engage with prospective Māori and Pacific students within schools who want to study an Arts degree, and to offer assistance where and when needed.

My role is grounded on four core values:

  • Powhiri (welcoming our students)
  • Turangawaewae, tu'u'angavae (providing our students a place to stand)
  • Whakawhanaungatanga, tauhi vaha'a (building, maintaining and nurturing relationships)
  • Manaakitanga (strengthening and encouraging the mana of our students)

I hope to not only reflect Māori and Pacific values, but to live by them in 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 form of "giving back" to the community that brought me up and continues to nurture me as an adult.

I am excited to be of service.

'Ofa lahi atu to you all.

Shiprah Christian

Schools Outreach Coordinator

09 923 1292

As Schools Outreach Coordinator I assist Ainsley and Kesaia with schools outreach events, administration and liaising with students and schools.

I also coordinate the Junior Arts programme along with being the main point of contact for the Young Scholars Programme.

Having studied a BA at the University of Auckland, I am passionate about encouraging students to explore the diverse and dynamic areas of study within the Faculty of Arts.

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.