Tuākana Arts

Tuākana Arts is the Māori and Pacific academic community in the Faculty of Arts.

We're here to help you through your journey at university, and to achieve your full academic potential. We offer wānanga, workshops, mentoring, and many other services for our teina. The principles of kanohi ki te kanohi and whakawhanaungatanga are vital to everything we do.

As a Māori, Tongan, Samoan, I valued the environment they created to encourage learning, and the expertise they shared with generosity along with the whanaungatanga and manaakitanga they practised.

Tuākana Arts is built around four pou:

We utilise the best practices in Māori and Pacific teaching to help our students reach their potential.

We ensure excellence in Māori and Pacific cultural practice at the University so that our teaching is more culturally responsive and constructive for our students.

We raise the voices and visibility of Māori and Pacific students and worldviews in the University.

Whānau and whakapapa is our base. We use korero tuku iho to build and nurture relationships with our teina, and we work together to continually improve the University for all our students.

Our Tuākana

Our Tuākana are all high-achieving Arts students, and are there to share their stories, and to help you build yours as you go through your study.

Each school has a number of Tuākana, as well as a Pou Awhina, who leads the team of Tuākana mentors for their respective schools.

Become a Tuākana

If you are interested in helping your fellow Māori and Pacific students through their journey at university by becoming a Tuākana, submit an expression of interest to get involved.


Chip Matthews
Student Support Adviser