Our tuākana-teina relationships and whakawhanaungatanga provide our Māori and Pacific students with a community for academic success and belonging.

2020 Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana

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

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. 

Contact us

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 Rero, Tuakana Coordinator

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 mentor Jannyne

Architecture: Jannyne Bianco

Losaline Finekifolau

Architecture: Losaline Finekifolau

Dance Studies mentor Syrai

Dance Studies: Syrai-Tiare Taumihau

Music mentor Sione

Music: Sione Roberts

Music: Takerei Komene