COVID-19 restrictions and recent road closures due to flooding events highlighted the need for on-campus Te Tautoko Ākonga(external link) in Marlborough. Previously, support staff were able to engage with ākonga face to face during regular visits and events from kaimahi based at Nelson Campus.
Now with permanent on-site support available, ākonga can reach out whenever they have a question or need a friendly face.
Marlborough based Student Wellbeing Support Advisor, Emily Hargreaves, says her role is to ensure ākonga feel supported.
“I’m here to make sure ākonga have the tools they need to successfully engage and graduate from their programmes,” she says. “I’m looking forward to developing relationships and making a difference.”
Emily wears several hats in her role, working in the library as well.
“I’m excited about the possibility of developing the library at Marlborough Campus into a fabulous space for knowledge and wellbeing,” she says.
Te Puna Manaaki (support for Māori learners) will introduce a new member to the team at the beginning of May who will be based at the Blenheim campus.
Nelson based kaimahi at SANITI(external link), the Student Association, will continue to visit Marlborough for various events scheduled throughout the year. However, they also recently welcomed Tamsin Clark to their team as the Marlborough and Woodbourne based Student Support Advisor.
“Tamsin is able to build a rapport with students by being there consistently, which is something that the Nelson team cannot always do,” says Marketing and International Activity Coordinator, Ashleigh McNeilly.
Tamsin has been very busy since she arrived, “proving the need for someone to be here.”
“It is so great to see ākonga leave smiling because together, we have solved an issue or made a plan to get resolution,” she says.
The recent investment in Marlborough support services follow a range of campus improvements including the opening of The New Zealand Wine Centre - Te Pokapū Wāina o Aotearoa(external link).