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Meet the staff

MelanieMelanie Beres, PhD

Academic Director

(03) 479 3791

In addition to my role here at Te Whare Tāwharau as Academic Director, I am also a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Gender and Social Work. You can see my profile here:

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

Tarn Felton

Support Manager

(03) 479 3792

Tena koutou katoa,

Ko Tarn Felton ahau
Ko Ngati Paoa, rātou Ko Ngati Whanaunga Ko Aerani ōku iwi

Growing up in an eclectic whānau fostered my deep passion for advocating for people’s rights to feel safe, nurtured and supported within their communities. A career in the community development sector has helped to continue this passion and I have spent the last 20 years addressing local needs, working with young people, and collaborating with whānau and communities.

I am excited to be part of the team as the Support Manager for Te Whare Tāwharau and I look forward to helping to create 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, I love to keep it real, throw myself into nature and embrace the elements with my dog Blue.

Jordan Dougherty

Student Engagement Advocate


(03) 479 3795

Kia ora koutou, I'm Jordan and I’m the Student Engagement Advocate here at Te Whare Tāwharau.

While studying Sociology and Gender Studies here at Otago I spent my time volunteering both at OUSA's Queer Support and Rape Crisis Dunedin. The skills I've learned from those experiences along with two summers at camp in Texas, USA have given me a passion for empowering people and I am excited to do my part in making our campus safer for everyone.

My personal interests revolve around my passion for self-care. I love food, coffee, running and Netflix. I also have an overweight ginger cat called Gary.

Come say hi!

Angela Eketone-Kelly

(03) 479 8063

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)