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Helpful links for Māori students

Kaiāwhina Māori — Māori Student Support Officer

The Division of Humanities Kaiāwhina Māori network is here to help students:

  • access academic and pastoral support
  • provide assistance with advocacy and scholarships,
  • and liaise with Humanities departments regarding things Māori.

Our Divisional Kaiāwhina work with a team of Kaiāwhina across the Division.

The team of Kaiāwhina are also available to help with any queries or issues you may have.

Tēnā koutou katoa

The Kaiāwhina Māori role is held by Pipiwharauroa (Marie) Tutbury and Tenaya Brown.

Kia ora e te iwi!

Ko Mākeo te maunga
Ko Waiaua te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ruaumoko te whare
Ko Ngāti Patu Moana tōku hapū
Nō Te Whakatōhea ahau  

Ko Pipiwharauroa (Marie) Tutbury tōku ingoa

Ko Titirangi te maunga
Ko Ūawanui-a-Ruamatua te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Puketāwai raua ko Hinemaurea aku marae
Ko Te-Aitanga-ā-Hauiti te iwi

  • Ko Tenaya Hera-Maree Brown taku ingoa.

We are beyond privileged to be kaiāwhina Māori embedded in the Division of Humanities | Te Kete Aronui. We look forward to meeting our first year tauira, making connections with all our support staff around campus and supporting all kaimahi and Humanities tauira as best we can with their academic studies and journeys at the University of Otago.

As support people for tauira Māori enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees, our key responsibilities are:

  • To liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to you and your course of study
  • To act as a point of contact for all Māori students enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees
  • To facilitate access to pastoral care, student services, course planning advice within the university

As support people for kaimahi within the Division of Humanities, our key responsibilities are:

  • To provide advice and training to academic staff via their Heads of School and Programmes on tikanga, kawa, mihi, pōwhiri, and waiata, etc. to raise the cultural competency of Te Kete Aronui.
  • To provide interpretation services as required to assist course examiners with the assessment of work submitted by students in te reo Māori.
  • To support the retention and achievement of tauira Māori through providing advice and facilitating access to services, resources, and assistance available from the University of Otago.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, feedback or concerns. Please be assured that all information you share will be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Contact details


Office hours

  • Marie: 8am–2pm drop in office hours (Monday–Friday)
    And scheduled appointments outside these hours (Monday–Friday) until late.

    Room 1.C.9a
    1st Floor, Burns/Arts Building
    Albany Street

  • Tenaya: 9am–4:30pm (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)

    Room G35
    College of Education Administration Block
    145 Union Street East

Please send an email to make an appointment if you wish to meet at a time outside regular office hours.

Humanities Kaiāwhina contacts


Zac McIvor


Dan Osland

College of Education

Dunedin Campus

Amie Curtis

Salote Rouvi

Dr Michael Gaffney

Dr Rachel Martin

Southland Campus

Parker Ormond

English and Linguistics

Nicola Cummins


Ben Varkalis

Michelle Thompson-Fawcett


Professor Angela McCarthy

Languages and Cultures

Moira Fortin Cornejo

Faculty of Law

Ben Nevell

Mihiata Pirini

Media, Film and Communication

Sabrina Moro

Dr Davinia Thornley

Music, Theatre Studies & Performing Arts


Associate Professor Jennifer Cattermole

Theatre Studies and Performing Arts

Hilary Halba

Peace and Conflict Studies


Dr Andrew

Politics Dr Christine Winter

Religion Dr Deane Galbraith
Social Anthropology Dr Deane Galbraith

Sociology, Gender and Social Work

Associate Professor Shayne Walker

Anaru Eketone

Te Tumu

Paia Taani


Revd Dr Wayne Te Kaawa

Library contacts

Marni Boynton
Subject Librarian, Central Library

Alexander Ritchie
Subject Librarian, Robertson Library

Student Learning Centre contact

Pauline Brook
Tel +64 3 479 5788

Career Development Centre contacts

Yvonne Gaut
Tel +64 3 479 9149

Petra Hass
Tel +64 3 479 5354

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