Tuākana Arts

Tuākana Arts is a mentoring service for undergraduate Māori and Pacific students.

Tuākana Arts is a Māori and Pacific learning community that supports Māori and Pacific students in Arts in a culturally familiar environment to maximise their success.

Disciplinary areas have Tuākana providing Stage I workshops each week for the first four weeks of semester and then at assessment and exam times. Tuākana also offer weekly office hours and referral support to University of Auckland central student services when needed.

Stage II and III Tuākana support aims to enhance Māori and Pacific student academic achievement through course specific tutorials, career development enhancement, and scholarship and funding opportunities.

Tuākana Arts is run by the Student Engagement team.

For more information contact:

Tanya Savage
Student Support Adviser
+64 9 923 4219

Workshops and office hours

To find out when and where workshops and office hours are being held, check out the Tuākana Arts Workshops and Office Hours calendar.

Meet the mentors

Our mentors are high-achieving Arts students who share their pathways to success to help you on the road to yours. The mentors also run workshops around assignment and exam time, and you can contact them to find out when they have office hours.

You can find Tuākana Arts mentors throughout the faculty, in almost every disciplinary area. To make an appointment to discuss your coursework, learning or to find out what workshops you can attend to supplement your lectures and tutorials email t.savage@auckland.ac.nz.

Tuākana Arts mentors know where and how to get the help you need.

School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics

Asian Studies/Asian languages

Yoon Park (Korean)

Pearl Chien (Japanese)

Applied Language Studies and Linguistics

Phoebe Leonard

School of Humanities

Art History

Eden Tongia, Talei Siilata

Classics and Ancient History

Mia-Mae Stevens

English Writing/Academic English Studies

Aisha Hancox


Marco de Jong


Nathan Rew

Theological and Religious Studies

Kesaia Tapueluelu

School of Social Sciences


Logan Hamley and Michaela Dobson (Stage I)

Daniel Hernandez (Stage II-III)


Lanu Faletau (Stage II-III)

Media, Film and Television

Shantaliah Filipo (Stage I)

Lillian Hanley (Stage II-III)

Politics and International Relations

Charlotte Adams (Stage I)

Amelia Vinnell (Stage I)

Clark Tipene (Stage II-III)


Robyn Lesatele and Amiria Taumata (Stage I)

Alex Birchall (Stage II-III)