What are Student Support Advisors?

If you need support during your studies, our Student Support Advisors are here to help guide you in the right direction.

Because they work closely with all student support services across both campuses, they can refer you to or connect you with the right people and services.

They’ll help you navigate your way around your studies and ease you into student life on campus and can support you through anything you find difficult that’s impacting your study experience.

What can they help you with?

Our Student Support Advisors can help you with: 

Meet the team (click to expand)

Student Support Staff 2017

Ashutosh Basnyat - Student Support Advisor

In my role as Student Support Advisor, I can relate to both International and Domestic students as I have had the privilege of walking in both shoes at Unitec. I understand challenges that all our students face as they endeavour to achieve their study goals, and I find my role fulfilling in being able to assist students on their journey.

Helena Finau - Student Support Leader – Student Liaison & Mentoring

Malo e lelei, it’s a great honour to serve Unitec students for a career. I’m passionate about working alongside students every day as they journey in their waka to achieve their outcomes of student success. My door is always open and I welcome anyone who needs a helping hand

Amy Brockbank - Student Support Co-ordinator

I’m a down to earth, calm, practical person. I enjoy bike rides, coffee, my cat Misty, exercise, driving and sleeping. I have been having a ketogenic diet but I occasionally (OK, weekly) splurge on things like cake and Ben and Jerry’s. I’m passionate about helping support students through their learning journeys.

Carly Kirby - Student Support Advisor

Kia Ora,
Ko Rangiputa Te Maunga
Ko Awaroa te Awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Te Rarawa te Iwi
Ko Tamaki Makaurau Ahau
Ko Ngati Haua te Hapu
Ko Te Kotahitanga te Marae
Ko Carly Toku Ingoa

No Reira, Tena koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou Katoa.

I’m currently living in West Auckland with my partner, two kids and a Husky named Kujo. I love reading about History and blogging about Culture.

Martina Blonk - Scholarships Co-ordinator

When I’m not helping students and working to make a difference to their lives while they study, I really enjoy cooking for friends and gardening in my spare time.

Monique Bell - Student Support and Scholarships Manager

I’ve been working with students for 12 years in the US, UK, Australia and now New Zealand. My passion for students stems from my own experience as a student and I believe that all students should be entitled to pursue a higher education if that’s what they want. I moved to New Zealand with my husband and dog, Mudgee, 2 years ago and I’m really enjoying exploring all New Zealand has to offer. Outside of work I can usually be found trawling farmers markets or looking for new dog friendly beaches with my 2-year old daughter, Makayla.

Jo-Anne Hammond - Student Support Advisor

Jo-Anne is passionate about helping others and making a positive difference to the lives of students.  She works part-time.

Andrea Stills - Student Support Leader – Financial Assistance & Youth Guarantee

My journey through education was not linear, as a mature student and single parent, I struggled with the workload, kids, money (a severe lack of it) and the stresses of life. So, I love being able to see students at times when they need a friendly ear, or some practical assistance – it’s great to be able to show someone there are always solutions and people to talk to. When times get tough, the team is here for you.

Book an appointment

To book an appointment with one of our Student Support Advisors, call our Ask Me Desk on 0800 10 75 10, email studentsupport@unitec.ac.nz, visit a Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero), or see someone at the Ask Me Desks* for help.

*The Ask Me Desks are located in:

  • Building 180 (Te Puna), Level 1, Mt Albert Campus
  • Building 520 (Waitākere Library), Level 3, Waitākere Campus

Student drop-in

A drop-in service is available, during the semester, for quick questions that you might have around support that is available to students. See the table below for drop-in details.

Drop-in hours

Mt Albert Thursdays, 11am - 1pm
Building 180 (Te Puna), Level 1, the space next to Nuri & Maru Sushi and Donburi

​International Student Support Advisors

International students are welcome to book appointments with our Student Support Advisors if they prefer they can also speak to an International Student Support Advisor.

Go to International Student Support Advisors page For more information on this team.

Contact Us

Where Building 180 (Te Puna), Level 2, Mt Albert campus

Building 510 (Student Central), Waitākere campus
Hours Mt Albert campus
Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm
By appointment

Waitākere campus
Monday, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday, 8.30am - 3.30pm
By appointment, we can schedule appointments on other weekdays if necessary
Phone 0800 10 75 10
Email studentsupport@unitec.ac.nz

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