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!

  • Debashis Dutta

    Debashis Dutta

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I have been teaching on the Environmental Management course since 2003. I’m originally from India, where I completed my master’s in Botany at North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong. Following my master’s studies, I lectured at a university college in India, teaching botany and ecology papers while completing my doctorate in Plant Ecology. … Read full profile

  • Romany Prevette-Stanaway

    Romany Prevette-Stanaway

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I graduated with the Diploma in Marine Studies from Toi Ohomai in 2015. My journey since graduating has led me to work in some unique and remote areas of the world ranging from dive instructing in the crystal clear Aegean Sea, to sailing around the Whitsunday Islands as a dive guide and deck crew on board a 50 foot yacht, to working as a… Read full profile

  • Aquaculture and Lab Technician, Kevin Green

    Kevin Green

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in 2013 as an Aquaculture and Lab Technician. Before arriving in the Bay, I built up a varied body of work over 15 years, primarily in aquaculture.

    My previous experience ranged from producing and wholesaling ornamental fish and saltwater prawns on the sub-tropical east coast of South Africa, to farming and harvesting… Read full profile

  • Marine and Environmental Tutor, Lisa Denmead

    Lisa Denmead

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in 2016 and teach across all three years of our marine and terrestrial diploma/degree courses. My teaching areas include terrestrial and freshwater ecology, invertebrate biology, statistics and legislation. 

    I enjoy having the opportunity to travel with students on amazing field trips across New Zealand, which form … Read full profile

  • Marine and Environmental Tutor, Dave Guccione

    Dave Guccione

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in 2007. I teach papers on marine invertebrates, fisheries management, and statistics.

    I’m passionate about teaching and sharing my experiences and critical thinking skills with our amazing students.

    I’ve always been passionate about outdoor pursuits. I put some direction into those… Read full profile

  • Erin Kennedy

    Erin Kennedy

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I’ve been working in the marine and environmental teaching team at Toi Ohomai since 2017. I teach across all three years of the diploma/degree course. My main teaching areas include geology, terrestrial ecology, waste management and the regulatory environment. 

    Prior to coming to Toi Ohomai, I was teaching biology courses at the… Read full profile

  • Kathryn Ross

    Kathryn Ross

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I joined Toi Ohomai in January 2019. I’m based at the Mokoia Campus, where I teach papers on the Graduate Diploma in Resource Management. I completed my doctorate on predictive modelling and management of intertidal habitats for shorebirds.

    My doctorate research helped me hone my skills and passion for wildlife monitoring and… Read full profile

  • Paul Warren

    Paul Warren

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I’ve been with Toi Ohomai since 2005 and have held several roles both practical and academic. These include dive training, scientific diving and skippering our boats.

    I also teach on a number of courses, marine science and ecology, conservation biology and sustainability, sub-tidal surveying, coral reef ecology, aquaculture and… Read full profile

  • Caroline Schweder-Goad

    Caroline Schweder-Goad

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I teach on a range of subjects, including marine mammals, aquaculture, marine tourism, fisheries management, marine reporting (projects) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

    After completing two bachelor’s degrees and a teaching diploma, I spent three years teaching science, biology and Spanish at a secondary school. I then started… Read full profile

  • Keith Gregor

    Keith Gregor

    Faculty of Health, Education and Environment


    I coordinate the learning programme for year two of the marine strand of the Toi Ohomai Environmental course and teach across all three years of the course, with particular emphasis on marine ecology and monitoring.

    I believe strongly in the importance of linking research with teaching and encourage staff to fuel their… Read full profile