School of Environment


Māori and Pacific students

Kia ora. Talofa lava. Malo e lelei. Kia orana. Fakalofa lahi atu. Bula vinaka.

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Tuākana programme


The Tuākana Programme is designed to assist Māori and Pasifika students to achieve their full academic potential. Each Stage 1 course is assigned a Tuākana (tutor/mentor) who runs weekly study groups in which you can get to connect with other students, discuss lecture and lab material and clarify anything you are not sure about. Essay, test and exam workshops are also organised as needed.

Stage 2 courses are also supported, with study sessions or office hours tailored to suit and a focus on internal coursework.

Make sure you look us up on Facebook (Environment Tuākana) and join our group to get all the recent updates.

Past students who joined our Tuākana Programme found it enjoyable to study in a collaborative environment and achieved some great results.

Maria Hokopaura is Programme Coordinator. If you have any questions about how the programme works, or how to get involved, please contact her. Information about the Tuākana, weekly study groups and other notices can be found on the noticeboard outside Te Pūnanga (301.188).

Tuākana Programme Coordinator
Maria Hokopaura

303.166 (Science Sector)
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Email: m.hokopaura@auckland.ac.nz
Office hours: Tuesdays 10am to 12noon

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Te Punanga Huihuinga Wānanga, meeting and study place


Te Pūnanga is a room provided for Māori and Pacific students in the School of Environment. This space is open Monday-Friday for you to study and relax in. Six computers are available for study purposes. Te Pūnanga is a place to respect and enjoy Māori tikanga such as aroha, whanaungatanga (family) and tautoko (support).

A kitchen and ‘hang-out’ space (with microwave, fridge, etc.) is also provided, just along the hall from Te Pūnanga. This ‘breakout’ space is shared with our Tuākana neighbours (Psychology and Chemical Sciences). We welcome you to gather here to eat, drink, and socialise, and make this your ‘home’ at Uni.

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Maria Hokopaura

Kaiāwhina


Maria Hokopaura
303.166
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Email: m.hokopaura@auckland.ac.nz
Office hours:
Tuesdays 10am – 12noon

Kia ora tātou. I am Maria, the Kaiāwhina/Māori Student Advisor for the School of Environment. I'm from the beautiful South Taranaki, the centre of the universe J, and whakapapa to Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, and Pakakohi. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Geography, and a BA Honours (First Class) in Geography. I am interested in indigenous resource and environmental management as well as social and cultural geographies.

As Kaiāwhina, I am here to assist you with any academic or other queries you have about courses, the School of Environment, or the University in general. During office hours I can be found in 303.166 (first floor of 303), or contacted by phone (09 923 7166) or email (m.hokopaura@auckland.ac.nz).

Please come and say hi, or send me an email if you have any questions! Please do not be shy to contact me.

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James.Kimiangatau

Pacific Adviser


James Kimiangatau
303.166
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Email: jkim943@aucklanduni.ac.nz
Office hours:
Mondays 1-3pm

Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Taloha ni, and warm Pacific greetings. My name is James Kimiangatau, the Pasifika Advisor for the School of Environment. I am a New Zealand born Cook Islander. My mum was born on the main Island of Rarotonga, although family originate from the outer Islands and I also have family roots in Tahiti. I completed my Bachelor of Science majoring in Earth Sciences in 2016, and am currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Science - Earth Sciences. I have a keen interest in hydrogeology and water resources.

As Pasifika Advisor, I am here to assist you with academic or other queries related to the School of Environment or the University in general. During office hours I can be found in 303.166 or contacted by phone (09 923 7166) or email (jkim943@aucklanduni.ac.nz).

I hope to meet you soon, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping to guide you through your uni experience.

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Our Tuākana team


Please see a list of team members allocated to particular course who are available to help with student enquiries.

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Our Tuākana team
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Where are the Tuākana workshops


All Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science and Science General workshops will be held in Te Punanga (301.188).

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School of Environment Māori Masters Thesis scholarships


These Scholarships were established in 2011, to encourage high achieving Māori students to undertake a Masters thesis in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. Full details are available on the University's Scholarships Office website.

Please note: Applications close 28 January for enrolment in Semester 1, 2018.

For more information please contact Lyndsay Blue or Maria Hokopaura:

Lyndsay Blue
Email: l.blue@auckland.ac.nz

Maria Hokopaura
Email: m.hokopaura@auckland.ac.nz

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Looking back to understand the present


For a brief overview of our history check out Looking back to understand the present, written by our Tuākana Programme Manager Lyndsay Blue for the 25th Celebration of Tuākana in Science.

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Environment Tuākana on Facebook


We’re on Facebook! We have a group on Facebook where we’ll post a few updates over the course of a semester but it is also a place that allows past and present tuākana and teina to (re)connect and interact. We’ll put up scholarships information, job opportunities, important news or events, and other interesting things!

To join us, follow the link here, Environment Tuākana, or search for Environment Tuākana on Facebook.

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