We realise how important it is for your student to be well informed when making decisions about their future studies, therefore it is our intention to empower and equip your students going forward.
Anaru Parangi

Anaru Parangi

Team Leader Secondary School and Community Engagement
021 835 927

Kia Ora tātou, it has been my pleasure to be working with rangatahi (young people) from across the region. The energy they give is only the tip of their potential. It is an absolute privilege to be working in this space.

Helping showcase a plethora of career opportunities to rangatahi is always a bit of fun. Connecting the dots between high school and tertiary education is an exciting yet scary ordeal for many, guiding them through this process can make all the difference in what becomes their future.

When I am not at work I love to spend time with my whanau and friends. Always lived a fairly active life so I enjoy being outdoors running, fishing, hiking and gym work.

Blair Sorensen

Secondary School and Community Liaison
bsorensen@unitec.ac.nzBlair Sorensen
021 749 637

It’s a blessing to work at Unitec and help students refine their career pathway. It’s important to me that students are able to connect with non-partial recruitment advisors to explore study options, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Connecting with students, parents, careers teams, school staff, Unitec staff and other organisations, provides an exciting environment to work in and I value the relationships and connections made in each of these areas.

Outside of work - yes I do have a life :) - I enjoy spending my time involved with friends, family, church, outrigger paddling, music, reading and the occasional weekend adventure.

Debbie Loots

Secondary School and Community Liaison
dloots@unitec.ac.nzDebbie Loots
021 843 401

I am extremely passionate about the industry I have selected as a career. It has enabled me to support students in understanding the variety of options to their disposal and allowing these young individuals to make informed choices regarding their future career pathways. I am proud to be part of a team that share the same passion.

Being able to connect and support the incredible school Career Advisors is an aspect of my role I am particularly fond of and passionate about. I appreciate their diligence, commitment and effort they showcase daily, to guide students into a bright future.

Family is tremendously important to me, both as a mother and wife. Originally emigrating from South Africa, my husband and I have firmly planted our roots here in New Zealand and have most certainly made this country our home. Both our children are New Zealand born and raising them here is an absolute privilege and pleasure.

John Taufa

John Taufa

Secondary School and Community Liaison
021 023 58975

Malo e lelei. Working with people has always been a passion of mine. Adding value to a person’s journey through my own story has been an awesome transition piece to be a part of. This opportunity allows me to connect and give back.

Supporting our secondary schools and our communities with their transition or understanding of the tertiary study space has been a fulfilling experience. From individual and group discussions to community events, there are a wide range of initiatives that we deliver to engage with our prospectus students, current students and community.

I like to work on creative projects in my own time and spend time with loved ones who play a major role in who I am today.

Renee Wilkinson

Renee Wilkinson

Secondary School and Community Coordinator
021 023 58975

Kia ora, Kia orana and greetings.

I help to organise events, run projects and co-ordinate the team on a daily basis. The UPC team aims to work within our institute and out in the community for the success of our young people. All the project planning and behind the scenes work, is how I play a part in supporting that kaupapa.

It's amaaaazing seeing the Liaisons in action. And sometimes it makes me wish there was as much support as there is now back when I was at school.

Although, knowing how committed we are to manaaki and tautoko young people through the transition, definitely makes me excited for the opportunities our upcoming future generations have to experience.

Speaking of future generations... family is super important to me. My husband and I are parenting our three young children through the age of technology and beyond. An interesting and rewarding journey for sure. My family keep me grounded, challenge me and make me laugh every day. They are a beautiful reminder for me to enjoy the moments and not to take life too seriously.