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!

  • Shelly McGowan

    Shelly McGowan

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I teach computing and IT at Toi Ohomai, specialising in software programming. I joined the faculty in 2008.

    The programming languages I teach are VB.Net and C# but I have also worked with Pascal, C, C++ and Delphi. I have also taught papers in the field of Robotics, Business Computing (Microsoft Office products) and Interface Analysis… Read full profile

  • Heather Vail

    Heather Vail

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I teach on the Computing and IT courses here at Toi Ohomai and I also work on cross-curriculum initiatives to facilitate learning for students, including staff workshops, teaching guides and class sessions. 

    I completed my master’s in Education with a focus on global studies at the University of Waikato and have been working actively on… Read full profile

  • Murray Foote

    Murray Foote

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I currently teach papers related to business structures and operations, human and computational systems interfacing, artificial intelligence for information acquisition and analysis within the IT courses at Toi Ohomai. 

    I completed a Master of Computing at Unitec in 2008. My current research activity is design and fabrication of a device… Read full profile

  • Andrew Chapman

    Andrew Chapman

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I’ve been working at Toi Ohomai for almost five years and currently teach programming, web design and development, and project management. I also supervise student projects at level 6 and 7.

    I have a Master of Education from Massey University and my teaching experience has spanned a range of educational settings and countries with… Read full profile

  • 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.  

    I hold a bachelor’s in Music and my work as a composer and performer has appeared on more than 30 albums.  

    I also co-founded Thick Records NZ and I’ve performed at a number of big music festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh Jazz Festival,… Read full profile

  • Kyle Sattler

    Kyle Sattler

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I’m a multimedia artist and musician and teach visual arts, design and creative technologies at Toi Ohomai.

    I have a Master of Visual Art from Wintec. My recent work has focused primarily on sound and video as well as exploring the influence of rhythm and flow on the human experience.

    I have a keen interest in alternative music… Read full profile

  • Dale Sattler

    Dale Sattler

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I'm a creative arts tutor for the Bachelor of Creative Industries. My area of specialisation is graphic design and I aim to use my broad experience in my teaching, focusing on everything from print based to screen-based outcomes.

    Prior to joining the Toi Ohomai whānau, I spent three years working in the bustling city of London. The… Read full profile

  • Nicol Sanders-O’Shea

    Nicol Sanders-O’Shea

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I’m an Academic Leader of Arts in the Business, Design and Service Industries faculty at Toi Ohomai.

    I’ve been a practising artist for the past 25 years and have taught tertiary art and design for over 20 years. I love the way my career enables me to be active in the industry while contributing to the education of tomorrow’s great… Read full profile

  • Donna Dinsdale

    Donna Dinsdale

    Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries


    I'm currently teaching the Fashion Design major within the Bachelor of Creative Industries course at Toi Ohomai.

    I have 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


    I currently teach visual arts, moving image, collaborative projects and cultural theory papers in the Toi Ohomai creative courses.

    I have 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, I’… Read full profile