Meet NorthTec's staff and tutors

Amanda Turner

Tutor - Food and Beverage (Level 4) and STAR

My interest in front of house operations started when I was at University and soon became a passion which was cemented further by travel

Barbara Green

Health Centre Nurse

Barbara is an experienced Registered Nurse based at the Raumanga Health Centre.

Ben Barr

Conservation Tutor

Ben has worked in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful places with our most special animals. He began tutoring at NorthTec in 2013.

Bobby Newport

Academic Leader/Senior Lecturer

Bob’s subject expertise includes Sociology, Coaching, Skill Acquisition and Performance Analysis.

Brooke Irving

Chef Tutor

I love introducing the students to their first foray into the professional kitchen - 'set them up for success'

Daniel Roecken

Laboratory Technician

My position at NorthTec allows me now to share my passion about the environment and management for sustainable use of resources with new generations

Dave Murray

Civil Engineering Tutor

Dave teaches a wide range of engineering courses in the civil engineering programme.

Dr Dai Morgan

Applied and Environmental Sciences Tutor

My main research interests revolve around behavioural ecology, wildlife management, and ornithology. Therefore, just about everything that has legs, wings or fins is okay in my book!

Dr Manue Martinez

Environmental Management Tutor

My main interest lies in the mitigation and management of the effects caused by human activities on marine mammals and the marine environment

Dr Mike Mullany

Principal Academic

Mike is lecturer and a researcher at NorthTec and teaches Engineering Mathematics, Physics, Project Management, Technical Literacy, Engineering Management and Business Statistics

Dr Olivier Ball

Senior Tutor

Olly’s interest in conservation was sparked by his childhood realisation that he would never see such wonderful creatures as moa, huia and dodo.

Ebony Somers

Hairdressing Tutor

"I love the challenge of teaching, and the reward in seeing students leave us, to step into the real world of a hairdressing career."

Ellie Smith

Photography Tutor

Ellie is a photographer with a diverse practice that encompasses both traditional darkroom and contemporary digital techniques

Erena Donnelly

Digital Arts Tutor

Erena’s art practice investigates the possibilities of an existing dimension outside of our own.

Faith McManus

Applied Arts Tutor

Faith is a lecturer in drawing, printmaking, intermedia and Pacific studies art history at NorthTec.

Grant Beran

Academic/English Advisor

Grant provides academic and English support to international students.

Heidelind Luschberger

Horticulture Tutor, Paparoa

My passion is to raise peoples awareness of their environment and of what we are doing as a people so that they are inspired to make changes in their everyday lives. That’s what changes the world!

Helen Cossey

Student Advisor

Helen is the student advisor for Kaitaia, providing academic support for students and general pastoral assistance

Hughie Blues

Hospitality -Tutor

“It takes a special kind of person to love a career in cooking. There’s nothing better than a full-on service that’s going well, and part of the appeal is knowing that it can fall over at any time.”

Ingrid Wahrlich

Business Administration and Technology Tutor

I don’t see barriers – only opportunities - and as a team we’ll always find a way. The student is the creator. I simply make it work for them.

Ipu Absolum

Applied Writing Tutor

Ipu Absolum is our kaiako and comes to us with a strong teaching background and extensive knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo Maori and is keen to promote educational resources in Ngapuhi. She tutors the Te Tuhituhi ma Nga Tamariki paper.

Iris Hutchinson

Student Advisor (Academic Achievement)

Iris provides academic support to students.

Jade Morgan

Digital Media Tutor

Jade describes her practice as a hybrid of digital imaging and photo manipulation with digital art, moving image, motion graphics, web and interface design.

Jan Dawson

Hairdressing Tutor

“My philosophy is to make the course as near as possible to industry expectations. I expect students to be reliable, on time, and to take the initiative. It doesn’t suit everyone. A good hairdresser needs to have a natural flair, good personal prese…

Jan Whitehead

Diploma in Architectural Technology - Tutor

“The ultimate for me is helping students realise and reach their potential. It’s so satisfying. They are like big sponges really keen to soak up the learning.”

Janine Conaghan

Student Advisor Finance (Pastoral Assistance)

Janine provides pastoral assistance with a focus on financial matters including loans, allowances, budgeting, scholarships and grants.

Jann Leaming

Health Centre Nurse

Jann is an experienced Registered Nurse with a broad healthcare knowledge base.

Kathy Derrick

Applied Writing Tutor

Kathy is a published author, and tutors Myth, Legend and Folktale and Research for Writers.

Kelly McCallum


Kelly's degree in Kinesiology and Education at the University of British Columbia has lead her around the world teaching and coaching in various schools in many different countries.

Kevin McAdams

Chef Tutor, NorthTec

I am a chef tutor teaching Level 3 cookery and have been with NorthTec for a few years now.

Kiriwai Te Whero


I am passionate about learning and incorporating Tikanga into the classroom (sense of belonging).

Lesley Marshall

Tutor, Applied Writing

Trained teacher, professional editor (over 30 years’ experience; member of New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors). Has had children’s short fiction broadcast on National Radio, and articles published in various writers’ magazines.

Lindsay Marks

Applied Arts Tutor

Lindsay has been an artist all his life and has been teaching Art and Design for 30 years at Universities and Polytechnics in New Zealand.

Lisa Clunie

Photography Tutor

Lisa exhibits her photographs regularly, both nationally and internationally, and works part-time as a photography and drawing tutor at NorthTec

Lucas Connew

Automotive Engineering Tutor

After 13 years in the army as a diesel mechanic being posted all over New Zealand, Lucas was ready to come home to the north and settle in one place for a while.

Margaret Cahill

Applied Writing Tutor

Margaret Cahill is an experienced editor with years of working for Learning Media. She tutors Picture Books and Writing Readers.

Mark Pearson

Carpentry Tutor, ITAB Coordinator

Mark teaches carpentry and is Northland coordinator for the New Zealand Carpentry Apprentice Challenge.

Mike Matata

Tutor, Travel and Tourism

Although the course is designed to get people started in the Travel and Tourism industry, Mike says it also introduces the idea that the industry is much bigger than it appears with his graduates able to go on and specialise in a range of different …

Murray Gibbs

Applied Arts Tutor

Murray teaches on the arts degree programme in Clay, Glass. Sculpture, Drawing and Design.

Nick Marshall

Civil Engineering Tutor

Nick teaches highway and traffic engineering in the civil engineering programme.

Nigel Drummond

Forestry Tutor

The safety of the forestry worker and making sure they go home at the end of the day, is premium. After 20 years in forestry, I’m now tutoring level 3 and 4 NorthTec forestry guys out in the field, so I make sure I promote the health and safety aspe…

Noel McRae

Chef tutor - Level 3

With 25 years experience as a chef, Noel loves getting students passionate about cooking.

Paul Blagrove

Automotive Engineering Tutor

I'm passionate about doing things properly in the industry and I encourage the students to be the same. Do it right and keep the shop clean and tidy!

Peter Bruce

Principal Academic

Peter is a lecturer and researcher, teaches Management, Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability and Strategic Management.

Rae Roadley

Applied Writing Tutor

Rae is a professional journalist and a published author with many years of experience.

Shane Paraone

Hospitality Tutor

Hospitality tutor Shane Paraone loves seeing students light up. “They respond to what you’re doing and are really pleased with themselves when they achieve.”

Shane Williamson

Chef and Cafe Tutor, Hospitality

I am a fully qualified chef, having trained at Waikato Polytechnic.

Sharlene Nelson

Food and Beverage Service Tutor

I enjoy seeing the change in students during the course from being really shy and watching students grow into confident people

Stephen Rameka

Carpentry Tutor

“I love seeing the students change themselves during the course. Most of our students didn’t have a good experience of learning at school and the way we teach adults here can help turn that around. It’s very satisfying to see the results. The chang…

Sun Kim

Applied Writing Tutor

Sun tutors Cultural Studies for Korean Students and has published children's stories, educational columns in some Korean News Papers, and a book review for The Listener.

Susan Pointon

Applied Writing Tutor

Susan is a film-maker and writer with over thirty years experience in film, theatre and television.

Tanya Cook

Conservation and Environmental Management Tutor

I have always enjoyed being in the outdoors and learning about New Zealand’s unique environment and wildlife.

Tanya Tautari

Kaitakawaenga Mid-North Region

Tessa Peters

Student Advisor

Toni Daly

Tutor Applied Science

Although my passion has always been the magic of biochemistry and genetics, I initially spent 21 years as a psychiatric nurse, so I care about the way that people tick. I have masters papers in nutritional biochemistry because I have been seriously …

Tracy Telfer

Trades Academy Cookery and STAR Tutor

Watching the students 'grow' over the year is amazing. I love it and couldn't think of many other places I'd rather be.

Zana Bell

Applied Writing Tutor

Zana Bell is an international award-winning author of fiction and tutors both Short Story and Novels.