Tuākana is an academic support programme for our Māori and Pacific students to enhance academic success during your studies.

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 enhance success during your studies. 

We organise academic drop-in sessions with kai, regular workshops within your discipline and across the Faculty, and assignment / examination wānanga to aid you in your studies. We have shared kai and korero throughout the year to foster whakawhanaungatanga within the 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. 

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 mentor: Jannyne Bianco

Losaline Finekifolau

Architecture mentor: Losaline Finekifolau

Dance Studies mentor Syrai

Dance Studies mentor: Syrai-Tiare Taumihau

Music mentor Sione

Music mentor: Sione Roberts

Takerei standing outside in front of greenery

Music mentor: Takerei Komene

Mele standing outdoors in front of plants

Fine Arts mentor: Mele Siniva Williams

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.