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What’s the difference between a buddy and a mentor?

  • A buddy is a person who assists a newcomer to access support services and in adjusting to the local routine;
  • A mentor assists a newcomer to accomplish their goals in a more structured and professional way.

We are offering a mentoring programme more suited to supporting students who want a mentor rather than a ‘buddy’. Mentors meet their mentee on a regular basis at Student Pulse and are provided with supervision.

The core of the Mentor program –

  • Strengthening – identifying, evaluating and enhancing mentoring skills and personal philosophy, training, establishing a relationship
  • Collaborating – working together on goals, boundaries, hot topics, mentoring philosophy, expectations
  • Improving – the relationship, learning episodes, communication, goal setting
  • Concluding – bringing the relationship to a close, celebrating the relationship and summarising what learning has occurred, re-establishing the relationship.

The Buddy Programme provides a place to stand, while the Lighthouse Model supports students to reach new heights.

Our mentors

Emire is the current elected President for Student Pulse. Emire is tanagta whenua from Rotorua and Te Puke. She has a strong passion for supporting migrants and people of various cultures. Emire has worked in various service roles including administration.

Emire’s LinkedIn Pofile


Janine has strengths in communication, advocacy work and volunteering having spent 30 years volunteering in various charitable organisations. Janine’s inquisitive and creative mind spearheaded projects such as the Student Pulse Buddy Programme, Water Safety initiative, Road Safety initiative, Student Pulse Professional Mentoring, and Student Pulse Mātauranga. Underpinning Janine’s curiosity is a desire to bring about positive social change.  Janine is a trained and accredited Growing Through Grief Companion who accompanies participants on their learning journey and has been facilitating children and adults grief support groups for the past ten years. One of Janine’s community accomplishments is spearheading a project that resulted in a defibrillator being purchased for the community which is housed in the Waikite Valley Hotpools. Janine encourages all students to aim for their goals and is exceptional at identifying skills in others.

Janine’s LinkedIn Profile

Kuldeep is an external executive member for Student Pulse who has his master’s in Social work degree (one year) from India and recently he has completed his Mentoring and Professional Leadership Diploma at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.  Kuldeep has a passion for supporting people to become involved in community events and has started a small volunteer group named eGe Volunteers to link people with volunteer opportunities within the community.  Kuldeep is an active volunteer and working for various organisations in Rotorua such as Student Pulse NZ, The Arts Village and Red Cross NZ as a volunteer team member.  During his journey at Red Cross, he was awarded the DWST (Disaster Welfare and Support Team) member through his Ground-based rescue skills. He is also a Rotarian for Rotary Club Rotorua North.

Kuldeep’s LinkedIn Profile

Kurt was born in Calgary Canada in 1972, and raised around the greater Toronto area. Since that time he has lived in 3 other countries (St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Korea and New Zealand) and has traveled extensively. Along with a degree in Biological Science and minor in psychology from the University of Guelph, Kurt also has a range of qualifications as an instructor in various fields including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), first aid, SCUBA, swimming and water safety. Kurt is presently focused on promoting youth empowerment and multicultural understanding in Tauranga and the BoP through various professional projects as well as being a committee member of Multicultural Tauranga.

Pieter is currently our Programmes Manager in Tauranga. Having immigrated to New Zealand from Holland in 1981, he is particularly experienced in matters affecting newcomers to New Zealand. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Pieter enjoyed a career in aviation with the Netherlands Air and Police Forces. In New Zealand he has,  amongst others, worked in various roles, both commercial and not for profit, such as business development, small business management, operations, sales, immigration and career advisory services. The last few years he also engaged into onsite workplace literacy and numeracy teaching. He currently leads the SpeechNZ Professional Speaking courses at Toi Ohomai and Multicultural Tauranga. Pieter has strong governance experience from working with a range of professional and community organisations.

Trevor has lived in Papua, NZ and Nepal so understands the issues surrounding cross cultural living and working. Trevor has a long background in education having taught in a number of NZ schools, is an experienced principal having led schools in NZ and Nepal. He has 17 years of experience mentoring and facilitating teachers and principals throughout New Zealand and is now lecturing in Mentoring and Leadership here at Toi Ohomai. Trevor is highly supportive of students and passionate about supporting them to achieve their goals.

Vishal is the Senior Marketing Head for India and Asia at Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village. Vishal has completed a Post Graduate degree in Business, specializing in international Advertising at Southland Institute of Technology.  He has featured on TVNZ documentary  Neighbourhood. Vishal has vast experience in the media industry in India, Europe and New Zealand. Vishal writes write a monthly column for Cambridge News, which is a community newspaper and his column features travel, tourism and lifestyle. His goals are to grow bigger and better events to promote Indian heritage and multiculturalism in New Zealand.

The mentor and mentee relationship is dependent on trust and connection. The mentor agreement provides some direction to the relationship and guides you as to how the partnership will work.  If you would like to request a Mentor: email


You can download the agreement form here – Mentoring Agreement Form

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