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Māori and Pacific students

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Bula Vinaka, Kia orana, Fakalofalahi atu, Malo e lelei.

School of Psychology Tuākana programme

Our Tuākana tutoring and mentoring programme is designed to help Māori and Pacific students achieve the best possible grades via tutorials, workshops, study groups and sessions with tutors and mentors. Tuākana (senior students) and teina (newer students) work together to achieve these results.


What we offer

Increased support and encouragement

  • Stage I and II Psychology Tuākana Laboratories
  • Tutors/mentors throughout the semester to assist with lab reports, psychology-related problems and other situations
  • Revision sessions for tests and exams

Increased communication and access to resources

  • The Kohanga and Potu are student spaces solely for Māori and Pacific students in Psychology, in the Science Centre - Building 301, Level 1, Room 198
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Access to a personal library of Stage I, II and III text books and other useful reading material, as well as computer and printing facilities
  • Facebook page, and a CECIL group for Māori and Pacific students only

Increased networks

  • Get to know more students and make friends at your own level and above
  • A Kaupapa Māori Lecturer (Jade Le Grice) to discuss anything related to Māori and Psychology

Increased enjoyment and opportunity to succeed

  • Overall, student pass rates for mentored Māori and Pacific students in Stage I Psychology are higher than those of non-mentored students
  • Students are more connected and find the University experience more enjoyable
  • Students have immediate access to scholarship information and other opportunities

Student feedback

Last semester we ran an evaluation asking students who were enrolled in the Tuākana tutorial streams (at Stage I and II) what they thought of these. Overall, the ratings on all questions were above average, with comments such as:

  • “Tuākana tutorials were effective for my learning.”
  • “The smaller group was easy to learn with, and it made it easier to be comfortable with the others in the group.”
  • “As always, the other people in the tutorial made me feel welcome to voice my opinion.”
  • “Being with other Māori and Pacific students, growing a bond with them and helping each other study together until we understand everything.”

Tuākana programme coordinators


Hineatua Parkinson

Science Centre - Building 303, Level 1, Room 165
Tel: (09) 923 7198


Sonia Pope

Sonia Pope

Science Centre - Building 303, Level 1, Room 165
Tel: (09) 923 7198

Office Hours Tuesday 11am-4pm; Wednesday 10am - 2pm



Postgraduate Māori and Pacific studies

There is also a network of postgraduate Māori and Pacific students studying in the various areas of Psychology; from clinical to developmental and organisational. Many of these students are connected with the Māori and Pacific Psychology Research Group.

Find more information on the Māori and Pacific Psychology Research Group.