Welcome from the Associate Dean

Nau mai haere mai, warm pacific greetings and welcome to the University of Auckland Business School.


Greetings, fakalofa lahi atu, malo e lelei, ni sa bula, kia orana, taloha ni, talofa lava, halo olgeta, namaste, tēnā koutou katoa!

Welcome to our community of learning at the Business School where we have created a culture of support, guidance and excitement to ensure that the learning and studying experience for Māori and Pacific is positive and successful.

Our vision is to create ‘pathways for success’ for our Māori and Pacific students by putting in place an ecosystem to encourage, provide support, build knowledge and skills, provide business experience and appreciation of relevance, and connections to futures.

We have dedicated Māori and Pacific student support and academic advisers to help you succeed in your studies and to enjoy the journey along the way. Also pivotal to the development and success of our students is engagement with our He Tuākana Programme and the Commerce Association Pacific and Māori (CAPM). He Tuākana mentoring connects first year students (tēina-mentees) with senior students (tuākana-mentors) to help tēina-mentees transition successfully into university life. The CAPM club is a vibrant and dynamic network for all Pacific and Māori students studying at the Business School. They run amazing events throughout the year to build a community of success at the Business School and beyond.

Whuia ki te Ao! Whiua ki te Ao! is a category in the Velocity Innovation Challenge created to unleash your entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. The goal of this dynamic group is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial graduates who are committed to creating long-term sustainable wealth and opportunities for and within Aotearoa.

When you have graduated from the University of Auckland Business School you will become a Ngā Taniwha alumni. This association has been set up with the goal of advancing business and culture through its extensive contacts and networks. Their mission is to use our shared connection with the University of Auckland to link and empower business and individuals to worldwide knowledge, education and information networks.

Our postgraduate cohort of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous students are researching across a wide range of cutting edge topics. Our Māori and Pacific academic and professional staff are engaged and excelling in their roles. Together we are committed to the University of Auckland Business School being an engaging, compelling and warm place to learn and work with the objective of nurturing, developing and sustaining Māori and Pacific social and economic success – at the individual and organisational level.

We wish you all the best with your studies and look forward to staying in touch.

Mauri ora,

Associate Professor Carla Houkamau
Associate Dean, Māori and Pacific Development