School of Environment

Māori and Pacific students

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


Tuākana programme

The Tuākana Programme is designed to assist our Māori and Pasifika students to achieve their full academic potential. Past students who joined our Tuākana Programme found it enjoyable to study in a collaborative environment and achieved some great results.

  • If you are in a Stage one course, you will be 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.
  • If you are in a Stage two course you are also supported with study sessions, or office hours tailored to suit.

For all other information about our Faculty of Science Tuākana programme, including the Tuākana app and Māori and Pascific scholarships and awards, please view: Maori and Pacific at the faculty


Maria Hokopaura

Tuākana Programme Coordinator

Maria Hokopaura
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Office hours:
Tuesdays 10am – 12noon

Kia ora tātou. I am Maria, the Tuākana programme coordinator for the School of Environment. Please see information about our designated Tuākana space below. Information about the Tuākana, weekly study groups and other notices can be found on the noticeboard outside Te Pūnanga (301.188). You can also find this information on our Facebook Environment Tuākana page.

Te Pūnanga Huihuinga Wānanga, meeting and study place: Room 301.188

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, Computer, and Chemical Sciences). We welcome you to gather here to eat, drink, and socialise, and make this your ‘home’ at Uni.

You are welcome to drop by the Tuākana space anytime. Please come and say hi or send me an email if you have any questions. You can also contact our Māori and Pacific student advisors who will also be happy to talk to you, see Riki and Jasmine's profile's below.

Kaua e whakamā – please don't be shy, we look forward to meeting you.

Riki Taylor from the Tuākana Programme

Māori student adviser

Riki Taylor
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Office hours:
Thursdays 10am – 12noon

Kia ora koutou, I'm Riki, the Kaiāwhina/Māori Student Advisor for the School of Environment. I have lived in Auckland all my life, but whakapapa back to Te Rarawa up north and Tainui to the south. Last year I completed my MSc (Hons) in geography, which looked at the role of fire in New Zealand's changing ecosystems, and my academic interests extend across many fields of study in the School of Environment.

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 ( Please come and say hi, or send me an email if you have any questions!

Riki’s office hours are Thursdays 10-12noon in 303.166.


Jasmine Evaroa from the Tuākana programme

Pacific student adviser

Jasmine Evaroa
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Office hours:
Tuesdays 11-12 & Thursdays 12-1

Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Taloha ni, and warm Pacific greetings.

I am Jasmine, the Pasifika Advisor for the School of the Environment. I am a New Zealand born Niuean/Cook-Islander and have grown up in Northcote. My mother is from Vaiea (Niue) and my father’s family is from Atiu (Cook Islands). I am in the final year of my undergraduate studies, completing a Bachelor of Science with majors in geography and environmental science. I have keen interests in environmental management, climate change issues and sustainability.

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 email at Feel free to drop by or send me an email :).

Jasmine’s office hours are Tuesdays 11-12 & Thursdays 12-1 in 303.166.


Our Tuākana team

Please see a list of team members allocated to a particular course who are available to help with any enquiries you have. We look forward to hearing from you.