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Kaiāwhina Māori – Support for Māori students

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 Tenaya Brown.

Tenaya Brown

Kia ora mai tātou,

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

Ko Tenaya Hera-Maree Brown tōku ingoa.

I am beyond privileged to be given the opportunity to support our tauira (students) Māori in the Division of Humanities | Te Kete Aronui. I am a graduate of the School of Performing Arts and have high hopes to endeavour down a postgraduate teaching pathway. I look forward to meeting our first year tauira, making connections with all our support staff around campus and supporting all Humanities tauira with their academic studies and their journeys at the University of Otago.

As the support person for tauira Māori enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees, my 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

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

Tel +64 3 479 8681
Mobile +64 21 279 8681
Office hours Monday–Friday 9:00am–5:00pm

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

Room 5C9
5th Floor, Burns Arts Building
Albany Street

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Humanities Kaiāwhina contacts


Zac McIvor


Dr Arlene Allan

College of Education

Dunedin Campus

Amie Curtis

Dr Michael Gaffney

Dr Rachel Martin

Southland Campus

Parker Ormond

English and Linguistics

Nicola Cummins


Ben Varkalis

Michelle Thompson-Fawcett


Angela Wanhalla

Languages and Cultures

Moira Fortin Cornejo

Faculty of Law

Ben Nevell

Mihiata Pirini

Media, Film and Communication

Dr Anne Begg

Dr Davinia Thornley

Music, Theatre Studies & Performing Arts


Dr Jennifer Cattermole

Theatre Studies and Performing Arts

Hilary Halba

Peace and Conflict Studies

Katerina Standish


Dr Andrew Moore

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

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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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