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Our people - past and present


Meet some of the key people who have been involved in the Tuakana programme - as students, staff, mentors and tutors - over the past 25 years.

  • Kisina Finau

    Spotlight on Kisina Finau, who graduated with a BSc in Computer Science in 2013

  • Daniel Hikuroa

    Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1996; a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in 1999; and a PhD in Geology in 2004

  • Pikihuia Pomare

    Pikihuia graduated with a BA in Psychology and Māori Studies, an BA(Hons) in Psychology, and with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2015.

  • Joseph Peni

    Joseph Peni graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics in 2008 and has been a key contributor to the Tuākana in Science programme for over eight years.

  • Melanie Cheung

    Melanie is a graduate from the School of Biological Sciences, and has been a key contributor to the Tuakana programme.

  • Vera Clarkson

    Vera is a current student and Tuākana mentor in the Department of Statistics, and Department of Mathematics.

  • Richard Hopkins

    Richard Hopkins graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Computer Science in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Statistics in 2013.

  • Sina Greenwood

    Sina Greenwood is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics