Tuākana Science is a multi-faceted programme for our Māori and Pacific students.
The aim of Tuākana is to extend your academic prowess so you reach your full potential. We manage this by connecting you with our established team of staff and students who have the skills, knowledge and dedication to ensure your success. We provide topic specific tutorials, 1-1 sessions, test and exam preparation and more.
Supporting you during Covid-19
We are living through a very difficult time. Keeping up your study while coping with changes in your lifestyle and the impact of these changes on your family and community is a demanding commitment.
No matter what level of study you are at, TFC, undergraduate or post-graduate, we are here to provide the support you need. But we can only do this if you reach out to us. If you need someone to talk to, have questions you want answered, need financial assistance, or you do not have the resources to study from home (for example, you do not have a laptop or you do not have adequate data), you can:
• Email Jason Tutara or Sina Greenwood directly
• Connect with one of your Tuākana team
• Contact the faculty Student Support Advisor (Māori and Pacific) Sharon
• Contact the Student Contact Centre: 0800 61 62 63 or email@example.com
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need financial help because of Covid-19 you can apply to the hardship fund and it is likely that you will be successful. See the hardship website for information on how to apply.
We all need to connect with friends and whanau so make time to do this, everyday if you can. If you feel you need professional counselling the Student Health and Counselling Service is free to all students.
Details on how to access a range of support including face-to-face counselling, as well as phone and online support can be found on the website.
If you prefer not to use the University service or cannot get immediate access you can free text or telephone the 1737 24-hour help-line.
Tuākana in Our Departments and Schools
The School of Biological Sciences has a team of eight Tuākana tutors covering our 15 stage 1, and stage 2 courses. For details of supported courses, online study session times and our tutors' contact details, visit our Canvas page. If you do not have access to the Canvas page, please email our programme coordinators, Melanie or Sarah.
The School of Chemical Sciences has a team of 12 Tuākana tutors covering our foundation, stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 courses. For details of supported courses, online study session times, and our tutors' contact details, visit our Canvas page. If you do not have access to the Canvas page, please email our programme coordinator, Ruth.
The School of Computer Science has a team of four Tuākana tutors covering all Computer Science courses. For details of our online wānanga and our tutor and coordinator contact details, visit our Canvas page. Please email Daniel or Ulrich, our programme coordinators, if you do not have access to the Canvas page.
The School of Environment has a team of six Tuākana tutors covering our 15 foundation, stage 1, and stage 2 courses. For details of supported courses, online study session times, and our tutors' contact details, visit our Canvas page. Please email Riki, our programme coordinator, if you do not have access to the Canvas page.
For the following three EXERSCI courses which has more than ten MPI students enrolled (EXERSCI 101, EXERSCI 103 and EXERSCI 203), a team of five staff members (course coordinators and/or GTA's) will run weekly Tuakana tutorials through Zoom for the remainder of Semester One. The times/dates have been conveyed to the MPI student cohort within each course. Additional one-on-one Zoom sessions will be organised depending on demand.
For other undergraduate EXERSCI courses, MPI students are requested to contact the relevant course coordinator directly so the course coordinator can arrange a one-on-one Zoom session.
We will stick to our usual tutorial times Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 3pm-6pm. Tutorials will be conducted using Zoom. Tutors will be joining you at zoom. Please refer to the timetable for tutors and their specialty courses.
To 'attend' click on the right link for each day. You do not have to be there for the whole three hours and you can check in and out when needed.
Day Host Link
Monday Malia https://auckland.zoom.us/j/2363964386
Tuesday Morgan https://auckland.zoom.us/j/6551695600
Wednesday Hunter https://auckland.zoom.us/j/5964781058
Tuakana Maths Timetable S1 2020-1
You can use Piazza to ask your questions and our tutors will respond to you.
Another help option is to email your maths question to email@example.com. Please state the maths course on the subject and one of the tutors will respond to you.
Tutorials & Zoom Details
Tuesday 3-6pm Juliet
Wednesday 3-6pm Kannan
Thursday 3-6pm Jacob
Topic: Tuākana Physics
Time: This is a recurring meeting. Meet anytime
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 340 8031
The Zoom meeting will be completely open from 3-3:30 pm. From 3:30-6pm, we are trying to operate the tutorials via a 15-minute 'appointment' basis. It's okay if you just drop in, but be aware you might be asked to wait or come back later if we’re already helping another student. Click here to book an appointment.
We have a Piazza page for student engagement and discussion. See link on Canvas page.
To book one-on-one sessions, ask a question or anything else, please email us.
The School of Psychology has a team of seven Tuākana tutors covering our stage I, stage II and stage III courses. For details of supported courses, online study session times, and our tutors' contact details, visit our Canvas page. Please email Logan or Gen, our programme coordinators, if you do not have access to the Canvas page.
The Department of Statistics has a team of eight Tuākana tutors covering our stage I and II courses. For details of supported courses and online session times, visit our Canvas page. If you do not have access to our Canvas page or need information regarding online support with STATS 101/101G/108, please contact our programme coordinator, Susan.
Tuākana study spaces
Nau mai, kuhu mai – Welcome, come in.
The Faculty of Science has course specific Tuākana spaces for our students. Our study rooms are dual purpose and most of our tutorials take place here. They are set up as a space where you can hang out, study without disruption, or connect with others. Our Tuākana coordinators are frequently nearby to answer questions you may have.
Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Room B13-15, Building 303
Biological Science & Marine Science
Room G34, Building 104
Room 301.198, Building 301
Room 301.188, Building 301
Room 301.184, Building 301
Room 301.183, Building 301
Meet our Tuākana coordinators
For more information about the programme, such as course-specific Tuākana coordinators and other services available to Māori and Pacific students in our science community, please contact our Tuākana programme coordinators:
Faculty of Science, Kaiārahi
Phone: +64 9 923 7253
Sharon Televave, Student Support Adviser (Māori and Pacific)
Phone: +64 9 923 9905
Celebrating 25 years of Tuākana in Science
Read about the Tuākana programme, from its humble beginnings as a mentoring initiative for our Māori and Pacific students, to the present day as a robust multi-faceted programme with many graduates in the workforce and doing great things out in their community.
Please note: This publication was created in 2015 and some links may no longer be available.