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Staff at Arana

Senior Tutors

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.

Operations Manager

Tracy de Woeps

Tracy and her family have lived in New Zealand for the past 15 years. Tracy comes from a Senior Operations Manager background here in New Zealand and in her native England. Tracy has an MBA which she gained at the University of Otago. Tracy manages the business end of College life, deputising for the Warden in his absence.

Assistant Residential Tutors

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

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.

Finance and Administration Team

The Food Service Manager

Brian Galvin

The Property Manager

The Property Manager works closely with Mark Robertson, who looks after maintenance.