Otago Polytechnic

Our staff

Our friendly community of Māori support staff are here to help you have a great OP experience. Find out about our team. For general enquiries please contact our administrator, Kylie Hohaia: kylieh@op.ac.nz


Kylie Hohaia
Taranaki, Ngāti Tama and Tainui


Kylie is Te Punaka Ōwheo’s administrator. She came on board in November 2016, also as cover for Rebecca Swindells’ maternity leave.  Kylie is one of Otago Polytechnic’s success stories. She graduated in the Certificate in Foundation Studies Level 2 in 2014, before moving on to Business Administration and Computing Levels 3 and 4 in 2015. Kylie is mum to Wyatt and Belle and also works part time at the Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association. Kylie loves meeting and getting to know the students and enjoys the variety that position has to offer. Kylie works 10 hours a week at Te Punaka Ōwheo.




Sarah Martin
Ngāi Tūhoe - Ngati Porou

Kaiāwhina (Tauira Māori)

“True success is celebrating diversity, validated by their strengths to achieve.”

Sarah joined Te Punaka Ōwheo in June 2018. Her role as Kaiāwhina (Tauira Māori) is to empower students’ success and leaning through āwhi and maanaki. Sarah was born and raised in Dunedin, and is excited to be a part of the Te Punaka Ōwheo Whānau.

Before joining Otago Polytechnic, Sarah held the role of Career Development and Student Advisor Māori at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Sarah has a strong belief of empowering others to identify their needs and to encourage positive progression in their own pathway forward.