Otago Polytechnic

Starting life as a new student can be exciting as well as challenging. Our Student support team is here to help you through any issues that might arise and make sure your time here is rewarding and fun!

For students who are studying off-campus, our support staff are available via phone and email. 

Student Advisors 

The Student Advisors are based on the Dunedin Campus and are available to talk in person, via phone or email anytime. They can help you with any personal problems and study issues as you settle into life at Otago Polytechnic, and offer continued assistance throughout the academic year.

Contact Student Success: studentsuccess@op.ac.nz

Kaiarahi support

Tena ra koutou katoa kua tae mai ki te Kura Matatini o Otago mo tou haerenga. He mihi mahana tenei. Brayden Murray is available to provide guidance and support to Māori students and assist with a range of individual issues. 

Contact Brayden:

Pasifika support

Anna Seiuli provides support to Pacific Island students. Those who identify as being of Pacific Islands descent will be contacted by Anna, and regular fono are held during the year. Anna is based in Dunedin, and can provide support and advice via phone or email to students on other Campuses.

Contact Anna: 

Career support

Patricia Quensell is our Career Practitioner who can help with career and study planning. Patricia is based on the Dunedin Campus and is available via phone or email to provide career and study guidance to off-campus students. 

Contact Career Success Centre:

International support

Yvonne Fogarty and Sheena Roy are the International Student Advisors and are dedicated to assisting international students to settle into Dunedin and work to ensure that you get personalised support while you are studying.

Contact Yvonne or Sheena at: studentsuccess@op.ac.nz

Online counselling 

A counsellor is available Monday evenings from 6pm-9pm for a Skype or phone appointment.

New Zealand 0800 762 786 between 8:30am - 5:00pm weekdays and ask for Student Health

You will be asked to provide your Skype address and phone number. If a phone call is required, the counsellor will ring you at your appointment time. 


Find out about places of worship or talk to someone who can understand your spiritual needs. Our Chaplain can help you with a range of issues, such as homesickness, grief and blessing flats. Based in Dunedin, the Chaplain is available via phone or email for students that are based on other campuses.

Freephone 0800 762 786