Tuakana Student Leader


Tuākana Student Leaders create a welcoming environment and provide support to new Māori students at UC. Under this activity, the Tuākana can engage in a number of roles, such as senior Tuākana (supporting the programme within the schools and colleges), mentoring, event support and representation of Māori Development Team (MDT).

Hours involved in the activity

Three modules of 12 hours minimum per module. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. For this activity you can claim a maximum of three learning and development outcome.


Roisin Bennett
Student Development Advisor: Māori & Tuākana Programme Coordinator
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa
Room 243, Te Ao Marama
Email: roisin.bennett@canterbury.ac.nz

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against one of the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point that best represents your learning outcome.

  • A1 - Communication - Tuākana Student Leaders understand and seek to use different forms of communication when needed such as kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) and ensures that everyone’s views are heard and respected.
  • A2 - Initiative and enterprise - Tuākana Student Leaders engage with Māori communities when developing new initiatives and ensure constant contact and post-project feedback to the community.
  • A3 - Leadership - Tuākana Student Leaders demonstrate leadership, role model bicultural competence and confidence skills and behaviours. They understand, are able to communicate and apply the core principles of bicultural competence and confidence.
  • A4 - Learning - Tuākana Student Leaders recognise the validity of Māori world views, demonstrate a commitment to Māori ways of learning and takes the opportunity to learn outside of one’s own comfort zone in order to develop bicultural competence and confidence skills and knowledge.
  • A5 - Planning and organising - Tuākana Student Leaders engage with Māori stakeholders and involves them in the planning process from the initial conception of the idea. They also seek out and respond to feedback from these stakeholders.
  • A6 - Problem solving - Tuākana Student Leaders demonstrate holistic approaches to problem solving, including the engagement with Māori communities in framing problems and are conscious of the long term impacts of actions and decisions.
  • A7 - Self-management - Tuākana Student Leaders seek to learn about and understand their own culture and identity. They are reflective of their commitment to learning and engagement of bicultural competence and confidence skills and knowledge.
  • A8 - Teamwork - Tuākana Student Leaders seek to engage in bicultural team development practices such as the Tuakana-teina model, recognising the value of ako and the way in which these roles can be reversed at any time. Tuākana also work to remove barriers to participation and validate the prior knowledge, skills and experience that team members bring.
  • B1 - Communication - Tuākana Student Leaders offer a welcoming and supportive environment to new students to UC. They have in-depth knowledge of UC and its procedures and can explain these in clear and accurate ways.
  • B2 - Initiative and enterprise - Tuākana Student Leaders find ways for new students to be involved with and connected to the UC community. They also partake in focus groups looking at how new ideas will help the student experience and use their own experiences to come up with new ways to support new students.
  • B3 - Leadership - Tuākana Student Leaders are positive representatives of UC. This includes leading campus tours or communicating with groups of potential students.
  • B4 - Learning - Tuākana Student Leaders attend a training session before they begin mentoring where they can reflect on their mentoring experience. They learn to see areas that they may want to develop skills in and find activities within the Tuakana Programme to develop these.
  • B5 - Planning and organising - Tuākana Student Leaders learn to balance full-time and academic study with volunteering.
  • B6 - Problem solving - Tuākana Student Leaders communicate with students who have a different set of needs and identify what those needs are. They can develop a plan with each student to help with their time at UC.
  • B7 - Self-management - Tuākana Student Leaders are professional and provide a positive experience for students. They have skills of positive representation and a level of maturity. They are also able to identify areas that they want to develop skills in and find activities within the Tuakana Programme to develop these.
  • B9 - Technology - Tuākana Student Leaders are able to use different forms of technology to communicate with their students.
  • C1 - Communication - Tuākana Student Leaders create communication with students that is professional and meets UC standards. They are able to apply this skill to work settings.
  • C3 - Leadership - Tuākana Student Leaders will develop leadership skills that can be used in a variety of settings and for diverse student groups.
  • C8 - Teamwork - Tuākana Student Leaders can work as a diverse student group to make sure a positive student experience is created.
  • D1 - Communication - Tuākana Student Leaders are able to communicate with students from different countries and cultures to ensure all new students are welcomed to UC.
Matrix intersection points for Tuakana Student Leader (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not an academic prerequisite
  • Not for academic credit

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