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!

  • Ben Wilcock

    Ben Wilcock

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    "I’m lucky to be able to teach in an area I’m very passionate about – music," says Toi Ohomai creative tutor, Ben Wilcock.

    Ben holds a bachelor’s in Music and his work as a composer and performer has appeared on more than 30 albums.  

    He also co-founded Thick Records NZ and performed at a number of big music festivals around the… Read full profile

  • Kyle Sattler

    Kyle Sattler

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Kyle teaches visual arts, design and creative technologies at Toi Ohomai. He's a multimedia artist and musician with a Master of Visual Art from Wintec.

    His recent work has focused primarily on sound and video as well as exploring the influence of rhythm and flow on the human experience.

    He has a keen interest in alternative music… Read full profile

  • Dale Sattler

    Dale Sattler

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Dale is a creative arts tutor for the Bachelor of Creative Industries, with a particular focus on graphic design, from print based to screen-based outcomes.

    Prior to joining the Toi Ohomai whānau, he spent three years working in the bustling city of London. The highlight of his career was working in the UK where he joined a global… Read full profile

  • Nicol Sanders-O’Shea

    Nicol Sanders-O’Shea

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Nicole is the Academic Leader of Arts in the Business, Design and Service Industries faculty at Toi Ohomai.

    She's been a practising artist and master printmaker specialising in fine arts screen printing for the past 25 years and has taught tertiary art and design for over 20 years.

    "I love the way my career enables me to be active… Read full profile

  • Donna Dinsdale

    Donna Dinsdale

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Donna teaches the Fashion Design major within the Bachelor of Creative Industries at Toi Ohomai.

    She holds a Bachelor of Design from Otago University and a Master of Design from Auckland University of Technology.

    "I love learning about cultural influences in art and design and sharing my knowledge with students and aspiring… Read full profile

  • Darcell Apelu

    Darcell Apelu

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Darcell teaches visual arts, moving images, collaborative projects and cultural theory at Toi Ohomai.

    She has a keen interest in exploring identity in relation to legacy and storytelling, and ideas around how the body operates in social and cultural contexts.

    Apart from being a creative and teaching, Darcell is passionate about… Read full profile

  • Anne-Marie Simon

    Anne-Marie Simon

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Anne-Marie is a tutor for the Bachelor of Creative Industries and the Certificate in Art and Design courses at Toi Ohomai.

    After graduating with a Diploma in Clothing and Textiles from Wellington Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Art and Design (Fashion) from Otago Polytechnic, Anne-Marie knew she'd wanted to share her knowledge with others… Read full profile

  • Adrian Maidment

    Adrian Maidment

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Adrian teaches media arts and communication at Toi Ohomai.

    His experience spans from advertising and video marketing, to search engine optimisation and podcasting. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Waikato and a Master of Art (Design) from Wintec.

    Other than teaching, Adrian is also a passionate… Read full profile

  • Kelcy Taratoa

    Kelcy Taratoa

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    Ngai Te Rangi , Ngati Ranginui , Ngati Raukawa

    Kelcy teaches visual arts and creative entrepreneurship within the Bachelor of Creative Industries at Toi Ohomai.

    He's a practicing artist and educator based in Tauranga and holds a Master of Arts in Māori visual arts from Massey University.

    Kelcy has … Read full profile

  • Debashis Dutta

    Debashis Dutta

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    Debashis is an environmental management tutor at Toi Ohomai, teaching Botany and Vertebrate Biology (Level 5) and Biological Statistics, Biosecurity and Ecological Restoration (Level 6), as well as supervising students who are completing their research projects.

    "I love the applied nature of the courses that we offer and especially enjoy… Read full profile