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.
Whakataka te hau ki te uru Whakataka te hau ki te tonga Kia mākinakina ki uta Kia mātaratara ki tai Kia hī ake te āta kura He tio he hau hū Tihei mauri ora Ki te whaiao Ki te ao mārama Whano whano Haramai te toki O haumie..e..e Ui..e..e Tāiki…e..e! Tera e kore ana e mohio I tētahi paku aha, e kore aia e noho pokaikaha.
Hata's role as Kaitohutohu Māori is to support Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtāgo to ensure that services and programmes are provided and delivered in a culturally appropriate manner. This position sits within the Office of Māori Development and is of a resource, advisory and consultative nature. Hata is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and expert advice in a manner that reflects the mana and tikanga of Ngāi Tahu.
Sarahmarie (Ngāti Kahungunu) is the Kaiāwhina for the Division of Sciences. Her particular focus is providing tautoko and advice to first year students. She works closely with the Kaiārihi Sciences, the Associate Dean Māori, Kaiāwhina from academic departments within the Sciences Division, and Te Huka Mātauraka (the Māori Centre). Sarahmarie also holds a Kaiāwhina position within the Department of Psychology.
Sarahmarie has recently completed an MSc (Human Nutrition), and studied a BSc and BA (Human Nutrition & Psychology), at Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou. She greatly values the support and extracurricular and professional development opportunities she received as a student, particularly those with kaupapa Māori. Sarahmarie is passionate about supporting tauira in their transition from school to university and helping them make the most of their Otago journey, whether through study, community involvement or additional opportunities.