Tuākana Arts

Tuākana Arts is a mentoring service that builds a tuākana-teina relationship to help undergraduate Māori and Pacific students reach their full potential.

We provide Stage I workshops weekly for the first four weeks of semester, and then at assessment and exam times, to support you in your transition into university.

Our Tuākana also hold weekly office hours for individual support, and can put you in touch with the other support services offered around the University.

For Stage II and III students, Tuākana provide course-specific tutorials, career development advice and scholarship and funding opportunities.

Tuākana Arts is run by the Student Development and Engagement team.

Book an appointment

If you would like to find out more about Tuākana Arts, you can book an appointment with a Student Support Adviser.


Tanya Savage
Student Support Adviser
+64 9 923 4219

Workshops and office hours

To find out when and where workshops and office hours are being held, check out the Tuākana Arts Workshops and Office Hours calendar.

Meet our Tuākana

Our Tuākana are high-achieving Arts students who share their pathways to success to help you on the road to yours. You’ll find Tuākana throughout the faculty.

To make an appointment to discuss your coursework, learning or to find out what workshops you can attend to supplement your lectures and tutorials, email Tanya Savage at t.savage@auckland.ac.nz.

School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics

Asian Studies/Asian languages

Yoon Park (Korean)
Pearl Chien (Japanese)

Applied Language Studies and Linguistics

Phoebe Leonard

School of Humanities

Art History

Eden Tongia, Talei Siilata

Classics and Ancient History

Mia-Mae Stevens

English Writing/Academic English Studies

Aisha Hancox


Marco de Jong


Nathan Rew

Theological and Religious Studies

Kesaia Tapueluelu

School of Social Sciences


Logan Hamley and Michaela Dobson (Stage I)
Daniel Hernandez (Stage II-III)


Lanu Faletau (Stage II-III)

Media, Film and Television

Shantaliah Filipo (Stage I)
Lillian Hanley (Stage II-III)

Politics and International Relations

Charlotte Adams (Stage I)
Amelia Vinnell (Stage I)
Clark Tipene (Stage II-III)


Robyn Lesatele and Amiria Taumata (Stage I)
Alex Birchall (Stage II-III)