Tuākana programme

The Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana programme is designed primarily for Māori and Pacific students who need support in their first year of study, but you can be involved right through your University career if you wish.

Creative Arts and Industries Tuakana mentors together

What is the Tuākana programme?


Two girls sitting on a mat in a marae.

The Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana programme offers support to Māori and Pacific Island students studying in our faculty. It is primarily focused on helping new students to settle into University life and to succeed in their first year. The programme also offers wider support for all undergraduate and postgraduate Māori and Pacific Island students.

Benefits of being involved in the Tuākana programme include:

  • Improving your academic achievement.
  • Increasing your access to resources and University services.
  • Providing you with opportunities to meet more students, at your own level and above.
  • Keeping you informed about Māori and Pacific funding, research, performing and work opportunities.
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Tuākana groups


The programme is organised by subject, in five groups: Architecture, Dance, Fine Arts, Music and Urban Planning. Each group is run by its Tuākana mentor(s) – high-achieving senior Māori and Pacific Island students who have been trained to be effective mentors and are dedicated to helping you succeed in your studies.

The Tuākana mentor(s) for each group run workshops for the main stage one courses in their subject. If you are enrolled in any of these courses, you will be invited to attend the Tuākana workshops.

Tuākana mentors also meet regularly with students, both one-on-one and in groups, to discuss any problems or issues they may be having, help them to develop both general skills and skills specific to their area of study, and encourage them to undertake academic work that is supportive of their identity.

To find out more about your Tuākana mentor(s), what the Tuākana programme can do for you and how to get involved, select your Tuākana group from the list below:

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Tuākana rooms


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The Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana room

Our faculty has three Tuākana rooms spread across the City campus. The main Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana Room is available to all Māori and Pacific Island students during their studies, while the Fine Arts and Music Tuākana rooms are only for those studying at Elam or the School of Music.

Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana Room

The faculty Tuākana Room for Māori and Pacific Island students is Room 220 of the Architecture and Planning Building. This is close to the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre – walk through the red glass doors and the room is to the left of the yellow elevator. If you do not know where the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre is, check the map below.

The room is furbished with a couch, whiteboard, two computers (and desks) and a large table (with many chairs). It is the primary room for the Architecture, Dance Studies and Urban Planning Tuākana workshops. It is also available for Māori and Pacific Island students to use for study groups, discussions and, providing there is no group requiring the room, individual study.

Please enquire at the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre if you would like to use the Tuākana Room. If there are no workshops being held (or other bookings), you will be given a key to the room. Note that you will be asked to hand in your student ID in exchange for the key and that you will be responsible for any damage that occurs to the room while you are in possession of the key.

If you have any further questions about the room, please talk to the staff at the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre.

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The Fine Arts Tuākana room

Fine Arts Tuākana Room

The Fine Arts Tuākana Room is located in Seminar Room A of the Main Fine Arts Building (Building 432). This is below the Fine Arts Library and above the Main Elam Lecture Theatre. You can check the location of Building 432 on the map above.

The room is unlocked at all times and can be used as a place to hold discussions, eat, study, relax, or even have a sleep if you need it. It has beanbags, comfortable couches and a kitchenette (including sink and fridge).

If you have any questions about the Fine Arts Tuākana Room, please email Ara Houkamau: ahou591@aucklanduni.ac.nz

 

 

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The Music Tuākana room

Music Tuākana Room

The Music Tuākana Room for Māori and Pacific Island Music students is Room 513 of the Fisher Building, which is on Level 5. If you do not know where the Fisher Building is, check the map above.

The room is furbished with a couch, comfortable chairs, kettle, fridge and two small workspaces. It is available for Māori and Pacific Music students to use for studying, instrument practice or as a place to relax. If the room is locked, the key can be obtained from the friendly admin staff on Level 6 of the Fisher Building.

If you have any questions or would like to book the room, please email Jayden: jayden.houghton@auckland.ac.nz

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Events


The Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana programme also holds a range of events throughout the year for Māori and Pacific students. Watch this space for details...

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Contact us


If you have any questions or comments about our Tuākana programme, please email the Creative Arts and Industries Tuākana Manager: Jayden Houghton

 

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