South Pacific Indigenous Engineering Students (SPIES) Network

South Pacific Indigenous Engineering Students (SPIES) is a student lead association. Founded in 1992, we aim to support engineering students of Māori and Pacific Island descent during their time at the University of Auckland. With a 200+ member cohort, SPIES is actively involved within the faculty of engineering, university and the community.

SPIES has two main goals:

  • To support the well-being of members academically, socially and culturally
  • To promote professional engineering to Māori and Pasifika communities

To encourage students to be more involved while at university, SPIES organises events and workshops which build the students’ character through a friendly and supportive environment.

While an engineering degree is hard work, SPIES makes life a little more enjoyable.

Vinaka Vake Levu to our 2023 Partners


Downer | Spark | Beca | Link Alliance | Holmes 

Morphum | Watercare | Tonkin+Taylor | Aurecon 

Connect with us

In person

Come along and connect with current members at our SPIES room located at 402-303D, Human Sciences Building, 10 Symonds Street.


To find out more about SPIES, including how to join and what we have to offer, email

Social media

SPIES hosts a closed group for members only on Facebook. You can also find us on:

SPIES Executive Board

The SPIES Executive Board updates yearly each February and seeks to ensure that the needs of SPIES members are looked after and taken care of. We organise various events throughout the year that cover both professional development and social aspects of university life, and are key to ensuring that the SPIES values and culture are upheld to the highest degree.

Mele OfaKiVila Mafi

Vice President
Akenese Vagana

Charles Rankin

 Luke Ryan

Outreach Officer
Bree Aiono

Public Relations Officer 
Rafael Tapusoa

Faculty Representative
Mia Tamahori

AUPISA Representative
Mahalia Salesa

Maori Representative
Awhi Marshall

Sports Office 
Gabriel Leaso

SPPEEx Officer
Sione Finau Fifita

IT Officer
Lorive Saena