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Māori student support


Studying as either an undergraduate or postgraduate student, pursuing a career in Biomedical Sciences can open up many opportunities. Whether you want to be a researcher, a scientist, or work in the health sector, there are many people who can support you along the way.

A Māori Strategic Framework (MSF) Group is active in the School of Biomedical Sciences:

All departments are represented on the MSF Group. As well as providing support to our Māori student community, the MSF Group works to support Māori staff and to operationalise the University and Divisional Māori Strategic Frameworks.

Specific areas the group has focussed on recently include:

  • Increasing the amount of Māori content in School of Biomedical Sciences papers
  • Supporting staff to attend Te Toi Tauira mo te Matariki and other appropriate conferences
  • Developing a seminar programme to bring Māori scientists to speak at the School of Biomedical Sciences

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Undergraduate Māori student support

Each of our five departments has a kaiāwhina (Māori student support person) We meet regularly to discuss the best ways to support our students who, while studying similar subjects, are spread across the campus and across different departments.

Most of our students are BSc or BBiomedSc students. We like to make sure that the special needs for each group are covered.

We are also active in the Division of Health Sciences, providing support for Health Sciences First Year and Foundation students.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your department kaiāwhina (listed below).

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Postgraduate Māori student support

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss their research experience and support each other. If you would like more information about this group and when we meet, contact Louise Parr-Brownlie at

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Departmental kaiāwhina (Māori support and liaison staff)


Louise Parr-Brownlie
Tel 64 3 479 4960


Associate Professor Craig Marshall
Tel 64 3 479 7570

Microbiology and Immunology

Dr Ros Kemp
Tel 64 3 479 7708

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dr Sarah Baird
Tel 64 3 479 7261


Ms Karla Sellwood
Tel 64 3 479 7612

Mr Andrew Barlow
Tel 64 3 479 5773

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