Left to right – Mariana Te Pou, Tracy Perry and Bethany Struthers.
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngāti Porou me Waikato ngā iwi
Ko Uepohatu te hapu
Ko Ruataupare te marae
Nō Tuparoa ahau Ko Tracy Perry tōku ingoa
Tracy (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu, Waikato, Ngāti Wairere) is the Associate Dean Māori (Sciences), a Senior Lecturer most recently in the Department of Human Nutrition and New Zealand Registered Dietitian. She is Principle Investigator in Te Koronga (Indigenous Science Research Theme focused on Māori research excellence and aspirations of Māori communities) and a member of Te Poutama Māori. She is committed to implementing the Māori Strategic Framework and Vision Mātauranga in Sciences by working alongside colleagues to excel in our strategic goals including Ngā Whakahaerenga Pai (Quality Programmes and Teaching), Te Rangahau Māori (Research), Te Taumata Angitū (Māori student success) and Te whakapakaritanga o ngā kaimahi Māori (Māori Staff Growth and Development).
Tracy co-convenes alongside Dr Losa Moata’ane (Associate Dean Pacific, Sciences) Te Ngaru Paewhenua: The Landward Wave Science Scholarships and The Riddet Institute & University of Otago Science Summer Scholarships. These are to support undergraduate Māori and Pacific students to undertake science research projects and encourage future postgraduate study and research.
Tracy works closely with the Kaiārahi Sciences and the Kaiāwhina network supporting student aspirations and achievement in Sciences. Also, the Kaituitui Wānanga in marae based outreach programmes to Māori communities within Aotearoa.
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Whitireia te maunga
Ko Parirua te awa
Ko Raukawakawa te moana
Ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira me Ngāti Raukawa ōku iwi
Ko Takapūwāhia tōku marae
Ko Toarangatira te whare tupuna
Ko Bethany Jane Kalisiana Struthers tōku ingoa
Bethany (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa) is the Kaiārahi Sciences for the Division of Sciences and works closely with the Manutaki Tuarua/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 at Otago team at the beginning of 2020, including teaching at the Otago University Childcare Associations bi-lingual early childhood centre, Te Pārekereke o te Kī. With the belief that ‘education is the greatest equaliser in our society’, Bethany works to support student aspirations towards careers in the Sciences with academic and pastoral care.
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 Tūhoe te iwi
Ko Te Pou Papaka te tangata
Ko Mariana Maraea Te Pou ahau
Mariana (Ngai Tūhoe, Ngātiwai, Whakatōhea, Tainui) is the Kaituitui Wānanga for the Division of Sciences. Mariana works closely with the Associate Dean Māori, Kaiārahi Sciences, Kaiāwhina network, tauira Māori and academics to deliver Marae based science outreach to our Māori communities. Mariana attended primary school and high school in Flaxmere in a region known as Ngāti Kahungunu between these years, she attended Te Awamutu Intermediate School. Her upbringing hugely influenced her decision to attend the University of Otago, she has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy, a Diploma for Graduates in Māori Studies, a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health and in Science Communication and a Masters in Entrepreneurship. Mariana is a former student of the University of Otago and has worked as the Kaiārahi Sciences, an Assistant Research Fellow in Anatomy with Louise Parr-Brownlie, co-established Te Rōpū Pūtaiao (Māori Science students’ association), been the Tumuaki of Te Roopū Māori and an executive member on OUSA. Mariana is an advocate for life-long learning, upskilling and developing science outreach initiatives to inspire and build confidence in our rangatahi Māori whether it is in science, their taha Māori or in education.