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.

  • Dr Lorna Dyall

    Interim Project Team Leader

    Email: lorna.dyall@manukau.ac.nz

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    Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngati Paoa. 

    Dr Dyall joined MIT in 2021, as Interim Project Leader Te Ara Oranga and brings to MIT a wealth of experience in health policy, health management, and social and community development. Dr Dyall has experience in public health advocacy, whanau ora development and creating new and innovative pathway which support education and health employment opportunities for Māori and Pasifika.

  • Jane Beazley

    Project Administrator

    Email:  jane.beazley@manukau.ac.nz

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    Jane has been with Te Ara Oranga since June 2021.  Jane has had a variety of positions over the years and has a rewarding career in administrative and clinical positions under the direction of the nurse lead clinics in public health and NGOs.

    Before MIT she has worked with Kidz First Public health Mana Kidz in schools rheumatic fever prevention, nurse lead school clinics with Te Hononga O Tamaki Me Hoturoa and GP services with Raukura Hauora O Tainui. She has also worked front line during COVID lockdown in testing stations and managed isolation facilities here in the heart of South Auckland under Counties Manukau District Health Board.

    Jane has thoroughly enjoyed her employment opportunities and has always recognised that without beginning her own academic journey in 2010 with MIT, she would not be where she is today.

    When Jane is not being a super fantastic administrator she enjoys time with her active young family and being a DJ.

  • Mele Queensell

    Success Coach and Tertiary Engagement Team Lead

    Phone: (09) 975 4573 or 0211150738
    Email:  mele.queensell@manukau.ac.nz

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    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) 975 4573 or 0211150738
    Email:  mellisa.aati@manukau.ac.nz

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    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
    Email: mihaere.emery@manukau.ac.nz

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    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.

  • Savelina Iosefo-Amoa

    Tertiary Engagement Advisor

    Phone: (09) 968 7252
    Email: savelina.iosefo-amoa@manukau.ac.nz

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    Savelina is of proud Samoan descent and was raised in South Auckland.

    She has been working at MIT since 2012. Starting at the consumer services team she has also worked with the Pasifika development office and the student experience and success team before starting her role with the Te Ara Oranga team in 2020.

    Savelina loves working in the tertiary sector, having previously spent twelve years at the University of Auckland, she believes that MIT offers so many great pathways for study, and is very proud of the vocational education opportunities MIT makes available for our communities.

    Outside of work she spends much of her time with her loved ones and being involved in various voluntary projects within the community.

  • Vivianne Paselio

    Success Coach

    Phone: (09) 968 0234
    Email: viv.paselio@manukau.ac.nz

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    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.