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.

  • Katie Johnson

    Program Administrator for Te Ara Oranga



    Katie is of Māori descent with connections to Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa. She recently completed her Bachelor degree at the University of Waikato. While studying she spent two years as a Māori mentor supporting students in their learning journey.

    She has coached hockey and cricket for over six years, is currently coaching at Selwyn College and has been a representative player in both codes.

    As a recent student Katie understands the challenges of finding balance between your studies and everything else. She aims to help students discover strategies to “work smarter not harder”.

    Her role as program administrator is to ensure the back-end of Te Ara Oranga waka is moving smoothly.

  • Leana Dick

    Success Coach for Te Ara Oranga


    Having grown up in South Auckland all my life, I have iwi affiliations to both ngati kuri and tainui. I am passionate about seeing our Māori and Pasifika tauira succeed on their learning journey especially at a time when we need more health care professionals than ever before.

    For the people, by the people.

    Why I love MIT?

    There are countless opportunities here for everyone with many support services in place to help you get to where you need to be! You will also feel a sense of belonging because of the diversity and kotahitanga.

    Nau tenei ao the world is your oyster.

  • 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.

  • Mellisa Aati

    Success Coach

    Phone: (09) 976 0289


    Mellissa is of proud Samoan descent. She started at MIT in 2018 in the timetabling team and she has also supported the administration team at Manukau Campus. She was then given the opportunity to join the Te Ara Oranga team as a success coach in 2020 – It’s a total new role for her but working alongside an awesome team who continue to help her upskill.

    Mellisa is enjoying the opportunity to help students succeed on their education journey. She has also become very passionate about working with our Māori and Pasifika students.

    Working with the Te Ara Oranga team has opened her eyes to the importance health plays in our community. So far she is loving the journey and the opportunity to make a difference.

  • Vivianne Paselio

    Success Coach

    Phone: (09) 968 0234


    Viv hails from the windy region of Wellington and now resides in the banks of South Auckland.

    She has worked for MIT since 2017 as a student support advisor and she is currently a success coach with the Te Ara Oranga project team. She loves supporting and drawing out the potential in students and ultimately enjoys helping them achieve their end goal to advance, succeed and complete their studies.

    Viv loves to connect with people from all walks of life and enjoys a great laugh.