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.

  • Mele Queensell

    Success Coach and Tertiary Engagement Team Lead

    Phone: (09) 975 4573 or 0211150738


    Mele is of proud Tongan descent and is a fluent Tongan speaker and writer. She is from the heart of West Auckland.

    She has been a team lead for TAO since the beginning of 2020. What she loves about the job is the opportunity given for her to help her people and others around that needs her help.

    Before being in this role Mele was working as a registered counsellor and also a social worker. She has many years of experience in this area. She is always willing to lend a helping hand or if you're looking for someone to listen and understand your needs, Mele will make time.

    Outside of work, Mele is a happy mother of 5 super awesome kids and is dedicated to helping her family flourish. She also offers help to those in her Tongan community that can benefit from her assistance.

  • 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.

  • Mihaere Emery

    Tertiary Engagement Advisor

    Phone: (09) 975 4574


    Mihaere is fluent in Te Reo and is an effective and forward-thinking member of the team.

    He is a specialised social worker and mentor. He works his magic by simplifying the impossible.

    He has more than 10 years of progressive experience within multiple industries that motivate him and excite him to facilitate change within the hearts of our people. He does this by empowering people with cultural education, therapeutic preventions and therapeutic interventions to enhance their mana. His goal is to revive all from their struggles and to instill the confidence to rise to higher levels and make positive changes, positive differences and positive impacts within themselves, their whanau, hapu, iwi and their local community.

    He is all about uplifting our Māori and Pasifika people, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and families to improve the health outcomes for our communities. He believes their success will directly impact our people and society for the better.

  • 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.