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!

  • Simon Muncaster

    Simon Muncaster

    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 to complete a… Read full profile

  • Craig Morley

    Craig Morley

    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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  • Dan Sharp

    Daniel Sharp

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment

    I started teaching in the marine studies course after completing my Graduate Diploma in Marine Studies. 
    I went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science and am currently working towards my doctorate, where I’m researching the effectiveness of students and citizens in coral reef fish surveys.

    Being a PADI… Read full profile

  • Dean Tully

    Dean Tully

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment

    I joined Marine Studies in 1994 and while I seem to spend more time on the paperwork side of things now, I really look forward to working in the field with students. I have a master’s in Freshwater Ecology from Waikato University, am a qualified boat skipper and also a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer.

    Prior to working at Toi Ohomai, I… Read full profile

  • Rachel Nash

    Rachel Nash

    Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment

    Meet Rachel Nash, Agriculture tutor at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Rachel embodies our value of whānaungatanga and her passion and support of her students is key to the success they achieve during their studies and beyond.  

    Rachel believes that relationships and supportive networks form the foundations of professional success,… Read full profile

  • Lynette Smith

    Lynette Smith

    Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Services Industries

    Confidence isn’t always easy to come by. For Toi Ohomai hairdressing tutor, Lynette Smith, that is the most rewarding part of the job: inspiring confidence in her students, the clients that they work with and the employers that end up hiring them. Lynette is a tutor for the … Read full profile

  • Wendy Charlton

    Wendy Charlton

    Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Services Industries

    With decades experience in barbering and a love for a good, clean shave, Wendy Charlton is the new tutor for Toi Ohomai’s first cohort of barbering students. The New Zealand Certificate in Barber… Read full profile

  • Sharl Flynn

    Sharl Flynn

    Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Services Industries

    For some, education is a job. For others, it’s a calling. 

    Sharl Fynn Wagner’s passion for her profession is evident. And now, she’s bringing that passion into the classroom as our new spa therapy tutor. Starting this month, we will be offering the… Read full profile

  • Betty Ormsby

    Betty Ormsby

    Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Services Industries

    According to St Augustine the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page, and that is exactly how Betty Ormsby feels. After 12 years in the industry, travel runs in Betty’s blood. 

    Her passion for aviation definitely rubs off on her students, who go on to secure jobs with major airlines in new Zealand and around the… Read full profile