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Our Team

Our head office is located in Wellington at Massey University’s campus. Contact the head office team to speak with our National Director, Helen Lomax, or to any of our head office staff.

We have people spread across three regional hubs in Auckland, Palmerston North, and Christchurch. They’re available to answer your questions or talk with you about the services offered in your region.

If you need a hand, or would just like to chat with someone, we're happy to help. 

National Office

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Helen Lomax


P +64 4 979 3899

M +64 21 424 609

E helen.lomax@ako.ac.nz

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Ian Rowe

Deputy Director Sector Services

P +64 6 9519217

M +64 27 626 3888

E ian.rowe@ako.ac.nz

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Dr Joseph Te Rito

Kaihautū Mātauranga Māori (Deputy Director Māori)

P +64 9 921 9394

E Joseph.TeRito@ako.ac.nz

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Anita Tailor

Manager | Finance and National Business Infrastructure

P +64 4 979 3129

E anita.tailor@ako.ac.nz

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Dr Beatrice Dias-Wanigasekera

Project Funds Manager

P +64 4 979 3433

E beatrice.dias@ako.ac.nz

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Jill Tanner-Lloyd

National communications and marketing manager

P +64 4 801 4989

M +64 21 423 779

E jill.tanner-lloyd@ako.ac.nz

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John Milne

Senior Advisor Professional Learning

P +64 4 979 3125

E john.milne@ako.ac.nz

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Daniela Theodorou

Executive Assistant

P +64 4 801 0808

E daniela.theodorou@ako.ac.nz

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Kelly Te Heuheu

Senior Communications and Marketing Advisor

P +64 4 979 3427

E kelly.teheuheu@ako.ac.nz


Stephanie Vooght

National Office Administrator

P +64 4 979 3139

E stephanie.vooght@ako.ac.nz

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Chris Smiley

Web and technology manager

P +64 4 979 3430

E chris.smiley@ako.ac.nz

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Alexia Tuhi

Personal Assistant for Deputy Director Māori

P +64 9 921 99 99

E alexia.tuhi@ako.ac.nz

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Catherine Leech

Communications advisor – Digital media

P +64 4 979 3128

E catherine.leech@ako.ac.nz


Danielle Calder

National Office Administrator

P +64 4 979 3443

E danielle.calder@ako.ac.nz

Northern Hub


Ruth Peterson

Regional Manager Northern Hub

P +64 9 921 9752

M +64 21 943 490

E ruth.peterson@aut.ac.nz


Rebekah Peterson


P +64 9 921 9750

E rebekah.peterson@aut.ac.nz

Central Hub


Christina Crews


P +64 6 9519218

E christina.crews@ako.ac.nz

Southern Hub

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Neil Andersen

Regional Manager Southern Hub

P +64 3 364 2500

M +64 21 748 496

E neil.andersen@ako.ac.nz

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Bridget O'Regan

Regional Hub Project Manager

P +64 3 364 2500

M +64 21 981 245

E bridget.oregan@ako.ac.nz


Kate Vernon


P 03 364 2504

E kate.vernon@ako.ac.nz

Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability (ALNACC)

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Dr Mei Winitana

Kaiwhakahaere Maori

E mei.winitana@ako.ac.nz

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Pale Sauni

Senior Pacific Advisor

E pale.sauni@ako.ac.nz

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Benita Tahuri

Professional Learning Adviser Māori

AKO Staff Profiles Annette Van Lamoen

Annette van Lamoen

Project Lead | Professional Learning and Development Model

E annette.vanlamoen@ako.ac.nz

AKO Staff Profiles Damon Whitten

Dr Damon Whitten

Project Lead | ALN Effective Practice Model

E damon.whitten@ako.ac.nz

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Kolose Lagavale

Professional Learning Adviser Pacific Peoples

E kolose.lagavale@ako.ac.nz