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Meet the staff

MelanieMelanie Beres, PhD

(03) 479 3791
melanie.beres@otago.ac.nz

In addition to my role here at Te Whare Tāwharau I am also a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Gender and Social Work. You can see my profile here: https://www.otago.ac.nz/sgsw/staff/otago052482.html

In my free time I enjoy working on renovations to my house, gardening and spending time with my family.

Tarn Felton

(03) 479 3792
tarn.felton@otago.ac.nzTarn

Tena koutou katoa, Ko Tarn Felton ahau
Ko Kohukohunui te maunga
Ko Tikapa te Moana
Ko Ngati Paoa, rātou Ko Ngati Whanaunga Ko Aerani ōku iwi
Ko Tainui te waka
No Kaiaua ahau.

Growing up in an eclectic whānau fostered my deep passion for advocating for peoples rights to feel safe, nurtured and supported within their communities. A career in the community development sector was the natural flowering of my values. My passion for addressing local needs, and collaborating with whānau and communities, makes me more able to create holistic support and resources that then contribute to health and wellbeing.

I’ve explored many other countries, usually on a bicycle, motivated by curiosity about communities. I’ve volunteered and worked with indigenous communities abroad and here in Aotearoa, organising festivals, gatherings and initiatives. These experiences have been invaluable in adding tools to my kete.

Pursuing these passions was my own versions of a gap year — a gap year that lasted two decades. In 2011, I decided to enter the academic realms and have been busy attaining degrees in Social Work, Theatre and Indigenous Development. I am currently studying an Applied Counselling Diploma in Alcohol and Other Substances through Te Taketake.

I am excited to be part of the team at the Centre Coordinator for Te Whare Tāwharau and I look forward to creating a centre that is focused on supporting and advocating for people who need sound advice and a caring hand.

When I am not buried in assignments and advocating, I love to keep it real, throw myself into nature and embrace the elements with my new puppy Blue.

Jordan DoughertyJordan

(03) 479 3795
jordan.dougherty@otago.ac.nz

Hey my name is Jordan and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator here at Te Whare Tāwharau.

My experience as a collective member at Rape Crisis along with my history of volunteering have lead me to this role. I’m looking forward to supporting and empowering Otago student volunteers and those on their healing journeys.

My personal interests revolve around my passion for self-care. I try to spend my time with my friends and family doing simple things — coffee, dinner and movie nights, or in nature, my favourite places to escape to are Central Otago and the Catlins. I enjoy chilling out on the couch with my cat, Gary, to watch Rupaul’s Drag Race or Steven Universe.

As a former Sociology and Gender Studies student at Otago I understand the unique environment we have here in Dunedin and am excited to do my part in making it safer for everyone.

Angela Eketone-Kelly

(03) 479 3795
angela.eketone-kelly@otago.ac.nz

My name is Angela Eketone-Kelly (Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato) and I was born and raised in Dunedin. 

I have previously enjoyed working within my community in voluntary positions with Stopping Violence Dunedin, and as a support person for survivors of sexual violence with Victim Support. Most recently I have been volunteering at the Mosgiel Foodbank and I hope to continue to do so.

The Centre is a great addition to the University and I am delighted to be part of the team. I look forward to supporting our students.

In my spare time, I enjoy meeting up with friends, a good Netflix series, a little bit of PlayStation, and generally hanging out with my family.

Advisory Board

  • Professor Harlene Hayne (Vice Chancellor)
  • Karyn Thomson (Director of Student Services)
  • Dr Gareth Treharne (Department of Psychology)
  • Dr Rebecca Stringer (Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work)
  • Pearl Matahiki (Māori Centre)
  • Nina Karifi-Alai (Pacific Island Centre)
  • Christina Watson Mills (Toroa College)
  • Melissa Lethaby (Disability Information and Support)
  • Dr Margaret Charles (Student Health)
  • Hahna Briggs (Queer Support)
  • Umi Asaka (OUSA Executive)
  • Tiana Mihaere (Te Roopu Māori)