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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.

Ros Day

Ros was raised and educated in Dunedin and attended Otago University for her tertiary studies. She has an undergraduate degree in Zoology and a Master of Regional and Resource Planning. She is also a qualified Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioner.

Ros has worked in various planning roles in local government, central government and private consultancy. Most recently, Ros worked as a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago in the Geography Department and taught into the Master of Planning programme and supervised student research. Here she also co-ordinated the Master of Planning programme from 2015-2017. Ros found working with students to help them achieve their potential particularly rewarding. A key aspect of her role was linking the academic programme with the planning profession, and in doing so, preparing students to begin their professional lives with confidence and skills relevant to the workplace.

Ros returned to private practice in November 2017 and is enjoying the new and fresh work opportunities. From time to time the Dunedin City Council engages her to sit on the RMA Hearing Panel to decide upon development proposals made under the Resource Management Act.

Ros loves working with students and is pleased to be a Korowai at Carrington College, a place she feels connected to given her Dad’s (Ashley Day) former role as Master of the College.

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.

Bridget Irvine

Dr Irvine holds an LLB/BSc(Hons) from the University of Otago and completed her PhD in Forensic Psychology in 2016. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, and is an interdisciplinary scholar researching at the intersect of law and psychology. She is also the co-ordinator of Innocence Project New Zealand; providing pro bono legal services to individuals who have been convicted of an offence, but continue to maintain their innocence.

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 Masters in 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.

Rob Wass

My name is Rob Wass and I work in the Higher Education Development Centre as a Lecturer. I am from Auckland originally and did my studies down here at Otago. My first degree was in Zoology – working with black swans, long-finned eels before gaining a teaching position in the Zoology Department where I worked as the co-ordinator of the first year paper BIOL112 – Animal Biology. My love of teaching and research saw me continue my studies and complete my PhD in Higher Education. Research interests are around peer learning, effective assessment and professional development of tutors.

I have three teenage children and a wife who works as a nurse. We are a very pet-focused family with two dogs, two cats, 11 chickens, numerous tropical and freshwater fish etc. My kids want to know why we can’t have a llama. I am very passionate about playing squash, which I do about 3-4 times a week.

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.

Naomi Weaver

Naomi graduated from the University of Otago in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and History, having enjoyed residing at Carrington College in 2001. She worked in horticulture export and media industries before returning to Dunedin and joining the University in 2008. Naomi has been employed in a number of roles in the Planning and Funding Office, which is part of the Vice-Chancellors Office since then and these roles have been focussed on institutional research, strategic initiatives and benchmarking. She has also enjoyed secondments to the SSR project and the Division of Humanities, and has recently been appointed as Senior Manager Performance and Delivery in the new Shared Services Division.

Naomi also works with Forsyth Barr Stadium conducting research on major events and has previously worked with the Dunedin City Council, Dunedin International Airport and a number of commercial entities. Outside of work Naomi enjoys time with her three young sons (James, Isaac and Flynn), playing hockey, attempting other forms of exercise, and producing a substantial amount of baked goods.

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