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Book an appointment

You can book an appointment online to see one of our Student Support Advisors, or contact us on the number below.

PHONE:    0800 10 75 10

Book an appointment online

COVID-19: Hardship Fund

Students(domestic) who have been affected financially by COVID-19, may be eligible for the COVID-19: Hardship Fund.

Eligibility for COVID-19 Hardship Fund

FAQs for COVID-19 Hardship Fund

COVID-19 Hardship Fund Form

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. As 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.

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

You'll need to book an appointment to see one of our Student Support Advisors. You can make an appointment online, give us a call, or by email

PHONE   0800 10 75 10

Book an appointment online

You can also visit a Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero), or see someone at the Ask Me Desks to help book an appointment.

Financial assistance form

For those students applying for financial assistance, you'll need to fill out the online Student Financial Assistance form.

Please note for your application to be considered you must make an appointment with a Student Support Advisor.

Student Financial Assistance Form

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. For more information on this team, visit their Student Advisor page.

Go to International Student Support Advisors page

Location and hours

Where Building 180 (Te Puna), Level 2, Mt Albert campus
Building 510 (Student Central), Waitākere campus
Hours Mt Albert campus
Monday to Friday
By appointment only

Waitākere campus
Monday and Wednesday
By appointment only

Monday to Friday
By appointment only

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