Meet our team

Our experienced team provide our Māori and Pasifika nursing and health students with the awhi and manaakitanga on their journey from becoming a student through to finding employment and on to graduation.

The team is available regularly to meet face-to-face or online to support you with your queries. Whether you need assistance with an application or help navigating assignments, get in touch and we can help find a solution.

  • Ange Sagapolutele

    Project Manager of Te Ara Oranga

    Phone: 022 656 0708


    Ngati Maru - Ngati Puu

    Ange joined MIT in 2018 as part of the leadership team at Manukau campus, before becoming project manager of Te Ara Oranga in 2022. She brings with her a wealth of experience in operational management, team building and working collaboratively across multiple stakeholders. Ange has over 15 years’ experience with the Ministry of Social Development, helping improve the social well-being of New Zealander’s, and pathwaying clients into education and employment opportunities.

    From 2018 until 2022 Ange’s leadership experience was focused around tertiary education in South Auckland. Firstly with Best Pacific Education and then as campus co-ordinator here at MIT. Ange is passionate about empowering her community, to make a significant impact upon the health disparities for Māori and Pasifika.

  • Lil Atalili

    Tertiary engagement advisor of Te Ara Oranga

    Phone: 09 968 8621


    Lil is a Proud Samoan, born and raised in South Auckland. He has worked for MIT since 2018 as a business development coordinator, organizing students on their last year into industry placements to run the practical aspect of their studies within MIT.

    Lil has a passion around advocacy for Māori and Pasifika in educational development which has been the basis of his own personal growth, holding a Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge.

    Working as a tertiary engagement advisor, Lil hopes to not only support students during their academic journey, but in doing so, change the narrative around the negative perceptions around Māori and Pasifika as well as South Auckland.