Tuākana Arts

Tuākana Arts is a community that provides mentoring for undergraduate Māori and Pacific students in the Faculty of Arts.

Who are we?

Tuākana are high-achieving Māori and Pacific Arts students, dedicated to sharing our stories and to help you build yours. 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. 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.

What do we provide?

We offer wānanga, workshops, mentoring, and many other services for our teina. We connect Māori and Pacific students with academic teaching staff, clubs, associations and community groups, pastoral care services and key people across the University.

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.

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.