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A selection of inspirational Māori student profiles

Be inspired by these earnest accounts of Māori students who truly deliver in showcasing academic success.

These profiles offer you the opportunity to hear the voices of some our Māori students, both past and present.

HitauaArahanga-Doyle 2020 thumbnailHitaua Arahanga-Doyle

Department of Psychology

Have completed his undergraduate studies a the University of Otago, Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle returned to postgraduate study to help people and to give back for the awesome help he had received from his whānau.

James Berghan 2020 thumbnailJames Berghan

School of Surveying

James Berghan (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri) is a PhD candidate in Surveying at the University of Otago and now a Lecturer in Urban Design in the School of Surveying.

Jade Christiansen 2020 thumbnailJade Christiansen

Department of Zoology

Jade Christiansen decided to come to Dunedin as it is the wildlife capital of New Zealand and the University of Otago has great Zoology and Ecology programmes.

James Croft-Bennett 2020 thumbnailJames Croft-Bennett

Department of Botany

James Croft-Bennett is an arachnologist based in the botany department of all places. On the surface that doesn't make much sense but it turns out that spiders love plants.

Taylor Davies Colley thumbnailTaylor Davies-Colley

Department of Botany

Growing up in Northland there was no limit of inspiration for Taylor Davies-Colley's passion for the natural world.

Chanel Phillips thumbDr Chanel Phillips

Te Koronga

In 2013 Chanel Phillips (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Hine) was one of the first students of Te Koronga, the Māori postgraduate research excellence group created within the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. in 218 Chanel was appointed an a Kaihautū (Co-Director) of Te Koronga.

Tira Phillipson-Puna 2020 thumbnailTira Phillipson-Puna

Department of Human Nutrition and School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science

Tira Phillipson-Puna was the inaugural graduate of the Master of Applied Science in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and he is already putting his qualification to great use for high performance sports.

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