Left to right – Mariana Te Pou, Tracy Perry and Bethany Struthers.
Tracy has most recently been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Nutrition and brings over 20 years’ experience at Otago to the role. Tracy is of Ngāti Porou, Waikato and Ngāti Wairere descent, is a member of Te Poutama and is committed to implementing the Māori Strategic Framework and Vision Mātauranga. She looks forward to working with colleagues to excel in our strategic goals including in Ngā Whakahaerenga Pai (Teaching), Te Rangahau Māori (Research), Te Taumata Angitū (Māori student success) and Te whakapakaritanga o ngā kaimahi Māori (Māori staff development).
Mariana (Ngai Tūhoe, Ngātiwai, Whakatohea, Tainui) is the Kaiārahi for the Division of Sciences. Mariana works closely with the Associate Dean Māori, Division of Sciences course advisors, Kaiāwhina, and academics to provide students with the best academic experience within the University.
Mariana is a former student of the University of Otago (Masters Entrepreneurship, PGCert PUBH, BSc Anatomy and DipGrad Māori) and has worked extensively with Te Rōpū Pūtaiao (Māori Science students association), Te Roopū Māori and OUSA.
Mariana is an advocate for life-long learning, upskilling and developing initiatives for Māori students to excel in tertiary education, regardless of if it is academically, culturally, or with regards to leadership.
Ko Whitireia te maunga
Ko Raukawa te moana
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira me Ngāti Raukawa ōku iwi
Ko Takapūwāhia tōku marae
Ko Bethany Jane Kalisiana Struthers tōku ingoa
Bethany (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa) is the Kaiārahi Sciences for the Division of Sciences, and works closely with the Associate Dean Māori and Kaituitui Wānanga as part of the Māori Sciences@Otago team. Bethany is also a University of Otago graduate with a Bachelor of Arts double major in Indigenous Development and Pacific Islands studies. Bethany has worked in a range of different fields before joining the Māori Sciences@Otago team at the beginning of 2020, including teaching at the Otago University of Otago bi-lingual early childhood centre, Te Pārekereke o te Kī. With the belief that ‘Education is the greatest equalizer in our society’, Bethany works to support student aspirations towards careers in the Sciences with academic and pastoral care.