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School of Chemical Sciences


A brief snapshot and acknowledgement of some of the key influencers over the past 25 years


The Chemistry Tuākana programme is one of the longer serving programmes in the Faculty of Science. It was originally established in 1991 by then student Dr Robyn Manuel and Paul Papa with support from Duncan Mclennan.

The programme established the provision of tutorials for Māori and Pasifika Chemistry students, emphasising tikanga Māori, culturally safe learning environments and teaching/learning practices that used tuākana/teina relationships, music, drama and real life experiences.

Robyn led this programme between 1991-1996, and since then there have been a number of key staff who have played their part in shaping the programme into what it is today – among them are Judy Brittain, Malini Arewgoda Katrina Graaf, Malini Arewgoda, and David Salter.

The programme has enjoyed the support of many student contributors but of particular significance is Joe Peni, who had responsibility for running the day-to-day operations with a focus on student engagement. These duties are now being carried out by Tulele Masoe, a recent graduate. The peer example led by these two and the other student leaders in Chemistry makes for a vibrant environment, where our Māori and Pasifika students are part of a passionate and friendly community.

Meet our people - past and present


  • 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.

Key contacts


Programme Coordinator:

Tulele Masoe
Email: t.masoe@auckland.ac.nz

Further information


For further information about the Tuākana programme in the School of Chemical Sciences, please visit their website.