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Staff at Arana

Deputy Warden – Kaitiriwā

Kirsten Eichstaedt

Kirsten Eichstaedt is from South Otago and has completed an honours degree in Economics and Tourism as well as a Masters Degree in Tourism, all at Otago University. Kirsten lived at Arana as an undergraduate and has also held roles as a Sub Warden and Senior Sub Warden as well as being employed as a University Tutor. Kirsten has a variety of interests including netball, rugby, swimming, diving, sewing and quilting.

Kirsten is actively involved in the Arana learning support programme and has a direct leadership role with the Arana Sub Warden team.

Kirsten has MTOUR (Otago), Bcom (Hons) Tour. She looks after the event calendar and co-ordinates the sporting, cultural and social events with the Sub Wardens.

Kirsten works with Sara Colombo and Matthew Hesson in the Pastoral Care Team.

Assistant Wardens – Tautiaki Kaiāwhina

Sara Colombo

Sara is Dunedin born and American educated. She went to high school at Columba College in Dunedin and then travelled to the United States to attend University for four years. While at University she gained a BA (Hons) from Colorado College.

While overseas, Sara has studied in New York City, Serbia, Bosnia, and Greece. Sara Colombo began working at Arana College in 2017 and is actively involved in the Inter-Collegiate competition, events calendar, student welfare, learning support programme and management of the RA team at Arana College.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys yoga, watching Netflix and long distance canoeing. She is passionate about diversity within the college and making sure everyone lives a happy and healthy life-style.

Matt Hesson

Matt is from Central Otago and has completed a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Management right here at Otago University.

Matt has lived in Arana as a first year student and also came back to be a Sub Warden in his final year of study. A short, beautiful drive from the stone fruit orchards that Matt grew up around and worked on, Arana provides many similar values; growth, care and community just to name a few.

Matt is a semi-retired hockey player, occasionally making guest appearances for inter-college games. He also enjoys most other sports, reading, trivia/puzzles and going for the odd swim or run.

At the college, Matt works alongside the rest of the Pastoral Care Team in supporting the Sub Wardens and ensuring a safe and excellent experience for the residents who come to live with us.

Sub Wardens – Kaiāwhina whare

Sub Wardens are important members of staff. They provide a quality welfare service and can supply general information and answer queries outside office hours. Each floor or house has a Sub Warden, who is a senior student employed by the University to work with residents. Plan to get to know your Sub Warden and utilise this helpful, friendly person. They are the Arana College staff member that you will have the most contact with. Sub Wardens are also knowledgeable about campus agencies and the services these agencies can provide to students.

Your Sub Warden will be able to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have. The Sub Wardens and residents are responsible for helping to create an atmosphere conducive to study and general enjoyment of College life.

The Sub Wardens are there to help you learn how to live responsibly with other individuals. They are responsible for confronting you when your behaviour breaches University of Otago and/or Arana College rules and regulations. They also have the job of being a friend and a disciplinarian who is willing to take time off their own studies to be of service to you.

Your Sub Wardens recognize that they cannot make Arana College a good place to live without your help. When they need your cooperation, they will ask you for it and you will be expected to respond to their requests. Most importantly, the Sub Wardens are interested in you and want your College experience to be a positive one. They are supportive of your personal growth and success in the University community.

Client Service Administrators – Kaiwhakahaere

We have administration staff on the front desk from 8:30am until 5:00pm, Monday through to Friday. They provide a wealth of administrative knowledge to support the college.

Food Services Manager

Brian Galvin has been working at the University for a number of years. Brian, who hails from Ireland, develops the well-balanced menu that is prepared onsite at the College by his team. He enjoys the connections he makes with residents as they come to the dining room for meals and snacks.

Brian leds the kitchen and dining room team who serve meals for all students 3 times per day. Food is one of the most important thing when coming to a college. Arana is proud of the food that they serve from product quality, sustainability and a commitment to on-going health needs and dietary requirements of our cohort.

There is a large team employed who work tirelessly to provide not only high quality food that is served every day but also to cater to the many special dinners that we enjoy throughout the academic year.

Property and Maintenance

Mark Robertson is responsible for the day to day property and maintenance at the College. Mark looks after the contractors that attend the site to carry out everyday maintenance.