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.