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Sciences Kaiāwhina Network

We have a growing number of Māori students at University of Otago, and over 30% of those are studying within the Division of Sciences.

We consider it a privilege and a responsibility to have you with us, and we are committed to providing the support you need to achieve your best while you are here.

Within the Sciences Division, support for Māori students is mostly undertaken at a Departmental level. All departments have a Kaiāwhina (Māori Support Person), and some departments have very strong support groups for their Māori students.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Kaiāwhina in your department. Check the list below.

Sciences Division Departmental Māori Support and Liaison

Department Contact Person Phone
Anatomy

Bradley Hurren

Rebecca Bird

471 6277

471 6277

Biochemistry Sharleen Rae-Whitcombe 479 7083
Botany Janice Lord 479 5131
Chemistry

Eng W. Tan (Tan)

Marina Roxburgh

479 7926

479 4897

Computer Science

Steven Mills

Yawen Chen

479 8501

479 5740

Ecology Katja Schweikert 479 9061
Food Science

Miranda Mirosa

Phil Bremer

479 7953

479 5469

Genetics Gillian MacKay 479 7937
Geography

Michelle Thompson-Fawcett

Ben Varkalis

479 8762

479 9241

Geology Andrew Gorman 479 7516
Human Nutrition

Louise Mainvil

Lisa Te Morenga

Tracy Perry

479 5687

479 3978

479 7508

Marine Science Miles Lamare 479 7463
Materials Science and Technology Catherine Smith 479 7548
Mathematics and Statistics

Austina Clark

Phillip Wilcox

479 7757

479 7771

Microbiology and Immunology

Roslyn Kemp

Rachel Hannaway

479 7708

479 5155

Pharmacology and Toxicology Sarah Baird 479 7261
Psychology Kaiāwhina  
Physical Education, Sport and
Exercise Sciences

Margie Lazar

Mark Falcous

479 5263

479 8944

Physics Terry Scott 479 7741
Physiology

Karla Sellwood

Andrew Barlow

479 7612

479 5773

Science Library Lynne Knapp 470 4772
Sciences' Divisional Office

Mariana Te Pou

Hata Temo

479 8699

479 4277

Surveying Mick Strack 479 7603
Te Rōpū Pūtaiao Ella Walsh  
Zoology Alison Cree 479 7482