Supporting you to take your student experience to the next level! 

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

Jonathon has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Waikato. He has a well-established career in a variety of financial, management and administration roles Jonathon’s career has developed from financial advisory through to staff management and development. Jonathon has a passion for supporting people and is also involved in the mental health sector supporting people living with the effects of mental health issues through kaupapa Maori approach to care.

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.

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.

Janine is a registered social worker and graduate of Toi Ohomai.  Janine has strengths in communication, advocacy work and volunteering having spent 30 years volunteering in various charitable organisations.  Janine is a Growing For Grief Companion and has been facilitating children’s grief groups for the past seven years, and has recently trained as an Adult Grief facilitator.  One of Janine’s community accomplishments is single handily creating a project that resulted in a defibrillator being purchased for the community which is housed in the Waikite Valley Hotpools.  Janine supports all students to aim for their goals.

Pieter is particularly experienced in matters affecting newcomers to New Zealand, having immigrated to New Zealand from Holland in the 1980s. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Pieter enjoyed a career in aviation with the Air Force and Police Force. In New Zealand he has worked for more than two decades in immigration services, career guidance and education as well as in many different industries and roles, both commercial and not for profit. Pieter also has strong governance experience having worked with a range of community organisations.

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.

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.

Complete the ‘Request a Mentor” form below and we will arrange a time for you to meet with your potential mentor.

You can download the agreement form here – Mentoring Agreement Form