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Korowai (Fellows)

The College is extremely lucky to have a strong network of academics and professionals, referred to as the Carrington Korowai, that play a significant role in the academic support of our students.

Each flouse (a term describing a house or floor) is strategically paired with a Korowai and meet together throughout the year. They impart advice about how to approach your first-year at University, provide insight about where your degree can lead, help students find solutions to challenges, and, perhaps most importantly, break the barriers between staff and students at the University. In addition to meeting with the group, our Korowai encourage students to arrange one-on-one meetings if they require further academic advice and have a presence at the College.

The term Korowai is inspired by Te Korowai o Tane, a very special carving that sits in the heart of the College. Korowai translates to cloak in English, and is symbolic of our students being under the “cloak” of these people.

Rebecca Bird

To be updated.

Jules Gross

Dr Jules Gross is a Senior Research Fellow / Kairuruku Matua and Kaiāwhina Māori in the Department of Psychology. She spends most of her time supervising graduate students on a wide range of research topics including juror decision-making, mood and false memory, the use of pūrākau ((Māori myths, legends, stories) in therapeutic settings with children, avatars as interview aids, and interventions to reduce smartphone use. In her spare time, she likes to ride her mountain bike fast downhill or laden with camping gear out in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness.

Tracy Huntleigh-Smith

Tracy started her professional career as librarian, moving into information and records management at NZ Treasury and Housing Corporation of New Zealand. After completing an MBA at University of Otago, Tracy went on to work in banking and management consulting with roles in: IT, Industry liaison, strategy and planning, and risk management. Tracy is now a member of the Operations Senior Leadership team at University of Otago, with responsibility for strategic projects.

Brad Hurren

Brad is a Professional Practice Fellow in the Department of Anatomy, specialising in teaching Anatomy to Undergratuate Health Science, Science and Professional students. Brad holds a PhD in Anatomy that focused on developmental neuromuscular biology (specifically, how nerves form connections with the earliest muscles during embryonic and foetal growth) - however his current research interests lie in student experience and perceptions of the use of human and animal tissues when learning Anatomy.

Marcelo Ferrere

To be updated.

Margot Skinner

Hello everyone I am Margot Skinner, Deputy Dean at the School of Physiotherapy, but also proud to be a Korowai at Carrington College! I have had a long association with Carrington (and also with Arana) so I am aware of the great features Carrington has to offer and the caring and collaboration that goes on to make your experience at the College unique and enjoyable. I am very involved in collaboration within the Division of Health Sciences where we are working to ensure that students learn with, from and about each other in order to be ready to practise in the global health environment. I also participate in the Division’s committees for rural health and internationalisation, so I have an appreciation of the diversity of backgrounds students have. Please feel free to get into contact with me.

Miriana Te Pou

Ko Pukenuiōraho te Maunga
Ko Tauranga te awa
Ko te Waimana Kaaku te whārua
Ko Tātaiāhape te marae
Ko Ngāti Raka te hapu
Ko Ngai Tuhoe te iwi
Ko Te Pou Papaka te tangata
Ko Mariana Maraea Te Pou taku ingoa

My name is Mariana Te Pou and I am humbled to be the Kaiārahi Pūtaiao within the Division of Sciences. I am a descendent from various whakapapa; however, the above is the lineage from my father’s side, Francis Te Pou. My upbringing has hugely influenced my decision to attend the University of Otago and I have since graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy, a Diploma for Graduates in Māori Studies, two Postgraduate Certificates one in Public Health another in Science Communication, and a Master of Entrepreneurship. Consequently, I am known to be an eager learner, I truly believe in the philosophy that, “life is a learning-journey, there are many pathways, obstacles, times of reflection and steps towards goals / values / outcomes”. That is how I see my role here; as an advocate for life-long learning.

David Orlovich

To be updated.

Jon Waters

Jon is a biologist who uses genetic tools to study the natural history of New Zealand and its unique species. Originally from Australia, Jon did a postdoc in Virginia before moving to Otago 20 years ago.

Jon was appointed as a lecturer in Zoology in 2004, was made a full Professor in 2011, and his current position is Associate Dean of Research, for the Division of Sciences. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2015. When not busy with research or teaching CELS191, Jon enjoys choral singing, tramping, and sports - including coaching his kids’ sports teams.

Tony Zaharic

Tony Zaharic is the Assessment Convenor for Early Learning in Medicine (Years 2 and 3 of the MBChB) at the Otago Medical School. This is a relatively new adventure, having spent 16 years as a Senior Teaching Fellow within the Department of Biochemistry as the paper coordinator of BIOC192, one of the HSFY core papers. He has been awarded a variety of local and national awards for his teaching, including a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. Tony spent five years as the Associate Dean of Medical Admissions at the University, handing over this position in 2017. He is also an alumni of the University of Otago, where he received his Master of Science degree, majoring in Biochemistry