School of Environment's Tuakana Programme Wins Award

30 September 2012

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Congratulations to the School of Environment's Tuakana team - Bess Takimoana Lironi, Lyndsay Blue and the dedicated mentors at the Tuākana programme - Maria Hokopaura, Riki Taylor, Hayden Jackson, Tobias Francis and Lara Taylor -  who were named as winners in this year's University of Auckland Excellence in Equity Awards.  The team won a sustained achievement award.

The Tuākana team, which is an integral part of day-to-day life within the School of Environment, provide a friendly, supportive and inspiring learning environment for the School’s Māori and Pacific students.  They also foster networking and encourage the School’s Māori and Pacific students to strive to achieve their full potential.

The biennial Excellence in Equity Awards aim to acknowledge and stimulate equity-focused research, projects and initiatives. This year, the judges considered a record 20 applications, reflecting the University’s commitment to student and staff equity outcomes through research, teaching and learning, policies, practices and an inclusive study and work environment.

The entries span faculties, service divisions and disciplines. They include initiatives focused on Te Tiriti o Waitangi - the Treaty of Waitangi, professional and academic staff development, physical accessibility, health research and community engagement.

“We were very pleased by the strong interest in this year’s awards and impressed by the breadth, depth and quality of the applications,” says Trudie McNaughton, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity). “The University is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive and world-class place to work and study. This year’s Excellence in Equity Awards highlight how the University’s diverse equity work contributes to enhancing New Zealand’s future.

To find out more about the School of Environment's Tuākana programme, visit their webpage.