The Student Development and Engagement team

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The Student Engagement team provides support to students in the Faculty of Arts. Our Student Support Advisers provide support to the diverse range of students from under-represented groups at university such as Māori and Pacific students to first year students transitioning into their first year of tertiary study. Our aim is to support students studying in the Faculty of Arts to achieve their academic goals.

We look after programmes like First Year Experience, Tuākana Arts, the Targeted Admission Scheme, UniBound, and support services for international students.

Meet the team

Chip Matthews

Chip Matthews
Student Support Adviser

c.matthews@auckland.ac.nz

"I have worked primarily within tertiary education settings for 18+ years. I am also a musician and DJ. I have lived in Auckland most of my life, apart from when I was young and moved around New Zealand a lot with my family.

"Now I live with my partner and child just north of Auckland. I am a Student Support Adviser within the Arts Student Engagement team. My particular areas are equity, those whose academic standing is 'at risk' and - along with Tanya Savage - Māori and Pacific students."

Tanya Savage

Tanya Savage
Student Support Adviser

t.savage@auckland.ac.nz

"I am the Student Support Adviser for the Targeted Admission Scheme, Conditional Admission, Tuākana mentors, and Māori and Pacific students. So basically I help students to engage with their academic learning (while having fun and eating food!) via exam fonos, writing wānanga and other events.

I am from South Auckland and went to high school in central Auckland. I worked in pathology and microbiology labs while at school, and have worked at AUT for several years before joining the staff at the University of Auckland. I have had several positions at the University, and am happy to be back working with Māori and Pacific students in the Faculty of Arts. During my time here I also managed to complete a BSc."

 

Peni Fa'alogo

Peni Fa'alogo
Student Support Adviser

p.faalogo@auckland.ac.nz

"I am the coordinator of the UniBound programme that prepares students for tertiary studies and provides support in the transition from high school to university.

"I am a proud Aucklander, and an even prouder Samoan, who loves working with the talented and energetic students going through the Certificate in Academic Preparation programme."

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Therese Kiely
Student Support Adviser

therese.kiely@auckland.ac.nz

“I am Samoan/Palagi and make the commute from South Auckland into town to work alongside Peni in the UniBound Certificate in Academic Preparation Programme. I help connect our students with mentors, lecturers and tutors and work with various disciplinary areas.

"While an Arts and Theology student I took advantage of all the awesome assistance from the Student Engagement Team and am grateful for the opportunity to help new students.”

Suhaila Sizali

Suhaila Sizali
Student Support Adviser – International

s.sizali@auckland.ac.nz

"I am the student support adviser for international students within the Faculty of Arts. My goal is to provide both academic and non-academic support as well as being a friendly face in the crowd.

"Born and raised in Malaysia, I moved here in 2014 to study Psychology at University of Auckland. Having studied previously in Canada, I have collectively seven years of studying under my belt. Being an international student during all those years, I can relate to many of the struggles that international students often experienced. In this role, I hope to help support students transition into university life and achieve their goals.

"Please come say hi to me at my office (Arts Students' Centre, Room 416H) or around campus!"

Nina Riikonen

Nina Riikonen
Student Experience Adviser

nina.riikonen@auckland.ac.nz

"As the Student Experience Adviser I coordinate the First Year Experience programme, organise student events, and celebrate and support high achieving students.

"After I finished school I had a couple of years off, working and trying to figure out what I wanted to study. I worked as a waitress, and at a preschool. I moved to Auckland from my hometown of Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 to start university.

"Arriving at the University of Auckland as an international student who felt a bit rusty about hitting the books again, I took full advantage of all the support services available. After getting so much out of these programmes myself it is great to be able to provide the same support to new students."

Zoë Henry

Zoë Henry
Student Support Adviser – Equity

zoe.henry@auckland.ac.nz

"I am of Niuean, Māori (Ngāti Kahu/Ngāpuhi) and European descent. I spent some time growing up in Kaikohe and Opononi, but am a born and bred South Aucklander at heart.

"I work with the Student Engagement team to help organise events and follow up with students that need a bit of help surviving at university. The best part of my job is working with really motivated people, and having a front row seat for our teina's academic journeys to success. There's nothing more rewarding than having our teina come back with their degree in hand and a huge amount of experience and wisdom under their belt."

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Julia Tolentino
First Year Experience Administration Assistant

j.tolentino@auckland.ac.nz

"I was born in the Philippines and moved to Auckland when I was eleven. I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts in Employment Relations and Organisation Studies and Politics and International Relations with the Faculty of Arts, and will be starting my BA(Hons) in Employment Relations and Organisation Studies.

"As the First Year Experience Administrative Assistant, I am primarily responsible for managing attendance data. I also work alongside mentors and mentees, and help out with a lot of other FYE related activities and projects. I was previously a mentor and a Team Leader for the FYE Programme."