Our tuākana-teina relationships and whakawhanaungatanga provide our Māori and Pacific students with a community for academic success and belonging.
Tuākana at Creative Arts and Industries
Our team of senior mana moana students (tuākana) are dedicated to supporting you (teina) to find belonging and success during your studies.
Tuākana weekly drop-in sessions and regular workshops aid you in your studies, and shared kai and korero throughout the year foster whakawhanaungatanga within the Schools and Faculty.
Tuākana Manaakitanga provides financial assistance for our students who are facing hardship or need support, and can help link to the broader University community.
We hold a range of events for Māori and Pacific students throughout the year, from noho marae to wānanga to cultural celebrations.
If you have questions about the Tuākana Programme, then please feel free to get in touch with our Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre.
Meet our Tuākana mentors
Alaina Muriwai-Te Rore is the Tuākana Coordinator for Creative Arts and Industries and is currently doing her Master of Dance Studies degree. She has already completed the Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours) and Bachelor of Dance Studies programme.
Architecture: Dorien Viliamu
Architecture: Jannyne Bianco
Architecture: Losaline Finekifolau
Dance Studies: Syrai-Tiare Taumihau
Fine Arts: Elise Sadlier
Fine Arts: Meleseini Faleafa
Music: Sione Roberts
Music: Takerei Komene
Fine Arts: Benny Aholelei
Design & Urban Planning: Brae Hammond