Our tutors are the heart of Toi Ohomai and whānaungatanga is part of everything we do here. As students of Toi Ohomai, you’ll feel a sense of family, of welcome.

Our friendly learning spaces and smaller class sizes will give you confidence as you gain new skills that will lead you into the future, and our tutors will be there for you every step of the way.

Your success is what we’re all about!

  • Aquaculture and Lab Technician, Kevin Green

    Kevin Green

    Aquaculture and Lab Technician

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in 2013 as an Aquaculture and Lab Technician. Before arriving in the Bay, I built up a varied body of work over 15 years, primarily in aquaculture.

    My previous experience ranged from producing and wholesaling ornamental fish and saltwater prawns on the sub-tropical east coast of South Africa, to farming and harvesting… Read full profile

  • Marine and Environmental Tutor, Lisa Denmead

    Lisa Denmead

    Senior Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai 2016 and teach across all three years of our marine and environmental diploma/degree courses. My teaching areas include terrestrial and freshwater ecology, invertebrate biology, statistics and legislation. 

    I enjoy having the opportunity to travel with students on of the amazing field trips across New Zealand, which… Read full profile

  • Marine and Environmental Tutor, Dave Guccione

    Dave Guccione

    Senior Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in 2007. I teach papers on marine invertebrates, fisheries management, and statistics.

    I’m passionate about teaching and sharing my experiences and critical thinking skills with our amazing students.

    I’ve always been passionate about outdoor pursuits. I put some direction into those… Read full profile

  • Erin Kennedy

    Erin Kennedy

    Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I’ve been working in the marine and environmental teaching team at Toi Ohomai since 2017. I teach across all three years of the diploma/degree course. My main teaching areas include geology, terrestrial ecology, waste management and the regulatory environment. 

    Prior to coming to Toi Ohomai, I was teaching biology courses at the… Read full profile

  • Kathryn Ross

    Kathryn Ross

    Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in January 2019. I’m based at the Mokoia Campus, where I teach papers on the Graduate Diploma in Resource Management. I completed my doctorate on predictive modelling and management of intertidal habitats for shorebirds.

    My doctorate research helped me hone my skills and passion for wildlife monitoring and… Read full profile

  • Paul Warren

    Paul Warren

    Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I’ve been with Toi Ohomai since 2005 and have held several roles both practical and academic. These include dive training, scientific diving and skippering our boats.

    I also teach on a number of courses, marine science and ecology, conservation biology and sustainability, sub-tidal surveying, coral reef ecology, aquaculture and… Read full profile

  • Caroline Schweder-Goad

    Caroline Schweder-Goad

    Senior Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I teach on a range of subjects, including marine mammals, aquaculture, marine tourism, fisheries management, marine reporting (projects) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

    After completing two bachelor’s degrees and a teaching diploma, I spent three years teaching science, biology and Spanish at a secondary school. I then started… Read full profile

  • Keith Gregor

    Keith Gregor

    Research Leader and Programme Coordinator

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I coordinate the learning programme for year two of the marine strand of the Toi Ohomai Environmental course and teach across all three years of the course, with particular emphasis on marine ecology and monitoring.

    I believe strongly in the importance of linking research with teaching and encourage staff to fuel their… Read full profile

  • Simon Muncaster

    Simon Muncaster

    Academic Staff Member

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    My interest in the marine environment goes back to childhood.

    After completing a Bachelor of Science degree and taking a few years to explore the world, it was an easy decision to continue my learning journey with postgraduate research.

    I completed a master’s degree at the University of Otago Marine Sciences Department and went on… Read full profile

  • Craig Morley

    Craig Morley

    Associate Professor, Resource Management

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment


    I am an Associate Professor of Resource Management, which covers ecological modelling, conservation and biodiversity, environmental monitoring and sustainability (two quite different subjects) and bioeconomics. I have now been at Toi Ohomai for eight years. My research focuses on using technology to study the impacts of invasive species. 

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