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Meet the RA Team


Naomi Riedel

Hey everyone!

I’m a second year law student originally from lovely Lake Taupō! Some things you’ll find I’m pretty crazy about are my faith, climbing mountains with mates, spinning yarns, and putting exclamation marks after every sentence…! The balance between uni and life is super important so when not studying I love to get outdoors for an adventure, watercolour paint, or read! I am super excited to meet you all and help you settle in to what I’m sure will be an epic year!

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Johannes Mackay

Kia Ora koutou!

My name is Johannes or Jo for short and I am in my third year of a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). I grew up in Queenstown and enjoy the outdoors as well as good food. Outside of uni, I am a Youth Leader for St John Youth, where I was also a Cadet. I have been involved with St John for over 10 years. I am always down for good old yarn and you'll likely find me in the comm losing a game of pool.  I look forward to meeting you all and being a part of this small chapter in your life 😀. Here's to a wonderful 2023.


Lauren Allen

Hello everyone! 

This is my first year of a Masters in Audiology. Prior to this, I completed a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Otago, and have been working in dentistry.

Outside of study, I'm keen to learn to surf and brush up on my pool skills - so bring your A game if that's something you like! 

I'm very much looking forward to meeting you all, and seeing you enjoy this exciting new step. It's going to be a great year!

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Reuben Bowen

Hey everyone! 

I’m a second year science student and am studying chemistry. I am originally from Timaru and enjoy skiing, tramping and fishing. I look forward to meeting all of you this year and hope you have as much fun during your first year as I did!

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Caleb Corban

Hi everyone!

I’m a second year student studying towards a BE(Hons) in mechanical engineering. During the week I spend my non-uni hours doing exercise, playing music and catching up with mates. I also love getting outdoors, practicing my faith and a bit of reading too. Keen as to get to know you guys and looking forward to a mean year!

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Jess Dixon

Kia ora!

I’m going into my second year of a Bachelor of Science majoring in Financial Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. I’m from East Auckland and love the beach, reading, and losing at chess. On campus, I’m involved with UC Robotics and 180 Degrees Consulting and would encourage you to get involved with your interests on campus too. I was a resident at Arcady last year and had a fantastic time; I’m so excited to meet you all and ensure you have an awesome year too!


Lily Sanson

Hi everyone!

I am in my final year student BE (Hons) majoring in Civil Engineering. I'm originally from the Manawatu and grew up in the countryside just outside of Palmerston North. I am the youngest of my siblings and was an avid dancer, pianist and canoe polo player throughout high school. These days when I am not studying, I can be found at the gym, hanging out with my friends or reading a book on my ever-growing TBR. I'm really excited to meet you all and seeing you have so much fun at Arcady! 

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