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: Wednesdays 10am to 12noon

Te Pūnanga Huihuinga-Wānanga (meeting and study place) – 301.188

Tuākana Programme Coordinator

Maria Hokopaura
HSB 550
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Email: m.hokopaura@auckland.ac.nz

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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:
Wednesdays 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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tony-patolo

Pacific Adviser


Tony Patolo
303.166
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87166
Email: t.patolo@auckland.ac.nz
Office hours:
Monday and Wednesday 9-10

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

My name is Tony Patolo and I am the Pacific student advisor for the School of Environment. I have enjoyed my time at the university and have achieved my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Geography and Pacific Studies. I also have my honours in Pacific Studies and I have almost completed my Master’s degree. My research interests are around bettering mental health outcomes for young Pacific people in New Zealand.

My role will be to support Pacific students if they have any questions or are unsure about anything at University. My office is in 303.166 (level one of Building 301). You can email me at t.patolo@auckland.ac.nz or contact my office phone number 09 923 7166.

Please do not be shy to contact me. Have a great semester.

 

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Our Tuākana team


Alex-Davidson-Tuakana

Alex Davidson
Email: adav467@aucklanduni.ac.nz
GEOG101 and EARTHSCI204

alex-birchall

Alex Birchall
Email:
abir196@aucklanduni.ac.nz
GEOG102

Maria-Hokopaura-Tuakana

Maria Hokopaura
Email: m.hokopaura@auckland.ac.nz
GEOG205

Mere-Mansell-Tuakana

Mere Mansell
Email:
mman453@aucklanduni.ac.nz
GEOG/EARTHSCI210

Tony-Patolo-Tuakana

Tony Patolo
Email:
t.patolo@auckland.ac.nz
SCIGEN101/G

Kare-Ronald.Tuakana

Kare Ronald
Email:
kron655@aucklanduni.ac.nz
ENVSCI101

Alex-Turner-Tuakanajpg

Alex Turner
Email:
atur864@aucklanduni.ac.nz
GEOG104

Kate.Walker.Tuakanajpg

Kate Walker
Email:
kwal234@aucklanduni.ac.nz
EARTHSCI103 and EARTHSCI202

Amelia.Vinnell-Tuakana

Amelia Vinnell
Email:
avin760@aucklanduni.ac.nz
GEOG/EARTHSCI262

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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.nzEmail: 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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