Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  Richard Nyhof
Head of College rnyhof@op.ac.nz

Richard began at Otago Polytechnic in 1985, having completed honours degrees in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Otago. He has since completed a Masters in Planning. Over the years, he has taught math related subjects across most schools in Otago Polytechnic, and spent time seconded to Learning and Teaching working on curriculum development.He is currently Acting Head of School ABE.

Publications and Research

Nyhof, R. & Thompson, M. (2016) Redesigning every course! Why, how and why? Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence Symposium, 2106. 24 and 25 November at the Brentwood Hotel, Wellington.

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Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

John Stocks
Learning Leader - ENGINEERING TRADES JohnS@op.ac.nz

  Adrian Tetlow
Learning Leader - ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES atetlow@op.ac.nz

Adrian has been lecturing at Otago Polytechnic since 2011 and is really enjoy the role. He has twenty years experience in Mechanical Engineering and worked for Scott Technology, performing a range of tasks that included fitting, machining, designing, and onsite installation and problem solving. Adrian teaches 3D computer modeling and Hand Drawing, and spends some time in the workshop.


  Hamish Miller
Senior Lecturer - ENG TRADES (AUTO) hamishm@op.ac.nz

Hamish started his automotive industry career in Invercargill at SIT. He completed an apprenticeship and A-grade cert in rural southland, before heading overseas for five years. Returning to New Zealand, Hamish started work at Cooke Howlison Ltd. Ten years later Hamish began tutoring at OP and is now Programme Manager. He works closely with industry leaders to ensure students are given the skills they need to match the current automotive industry climate.

  Barry Harwood
Lecturer - ENG TECH (ELEC) BarryH@op.ac.nz

Barry started at Otago Polytechnic in July 2007 and teaches on the electrical certificate and diploma programmes. He started his electrical career in 1999 with the Royal New Zealand Navy, and travelled as he trained around the South Pacific islands and Asian ports. Following further study, he was employed building large industrial switchboards and motor control centres at MacArthur Switchgear in Hamilton.

  Kevin Tansley
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH (CIVIL) ktansley@op.ac.nz

Kevin has an extensive background in technical civil engineering, specifically in traffic engineering, road design, contract administration, operational engineering and asset management. He graduated with an NZCE (Civil) in 1985, and has since gained a National Diploma in Adult Education and Training. Kevin has been teaching at the OP for over 10 years, and was awarded an OPSA Staff Award for teaching in 2007.

  Kerry Adams
Senior Lecturer and Kaiako KAdams@op.ac.nz

Kerry joined the School of Midwifery in 2009 and is a Senior LecturerKaiako. Kerry graduated from the Bachelor of Midwifery programme in Otago, in 1999. She spent over a year working at Wellington Womens Hospital and returned to Dunedin in 2001. She began a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) practice and has worked at the Queen Mary as a Core Midwife. Kerry continues to provide a small LMC practice as well as working full time at Otago Polytechnic. Kerry has been involved in various professional roles including as a NZCOM ratified Expert Adviser, member of the MCNZ Professional Conduct Committee and Midwifery Adviser for the Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme. CurrentlyKerry is involved in professional role as the Deputy Chair of Midwifery Council and is a mentor of new midwives in the MFYP programme.

Mike Perkins
Senior Lecturer - ENG TRADES (AUTO) mperkins@op.ac.nz

  Tony Obbeek
Lecturer - ENG TRADES (AUTO) TOBBEEK@op.ac.nz

Tony is an A grade senior lecturer in Automotive studies. He completed his technical and teacher training in Dunedin and started at Otago Polytechnic in 1996. Tony teaches the level 3, 4 and 5 courses, as well as numerous other courses across campus. He works alongside local high schools and represents the Polytechnic at careers events and expos.

Dave Maslin
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH (MECH) DMaslin@op.ac.nz

Fred Cross
Lecturer - ENG TRADES (MECH) FCross@op.ac.nz

Nicholas Moss
Senior Lecturer - ENG TRADES (AUTOMECH) nicholasm@op.ac.nz

  Robert Cooke
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH rcooke@op.ac.nz

Robert CookeSenior Lecturer MathsRobert joined Otago Polytechnic at the start of 2010 and teaches maths and civil engineering. Formerly, a registered civil engineer with Works Consultancy (now Opus Consultants), and then a maths, science and physics secondary school teacher, Robert now lectures in the trades certificate, engineering diploma and the C.E.E. (students from Kanazawa, Japan) courses.

Avinda Weerakoon
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH (MECH) avindaw@op.ac.nz

  Kevin O'Neill
Senior Lecturer - ENG TRADES (AUTO) koneill@op.ac.nz

Kevin is a fully qualified A grade automotive technician, in both auto mechanical and auto electrical. He has been working in the automotive industry for over fifteen years in Dunedin, Christchurch and Perth both in large workshops and mines. In the last six years, Kevin has focused on electronic fault finding and diagnostics in modern vehicles. He started working at Otago Polytechnic in January of 2012, and teaches our level 3 automotive course.

  Matthew King
Principal Lecturer - ENG TECH (MECH) mking@op.ac.nz

Courses Design, Engineering Project, Manufacturing Processes, Fluid MechanicsCoordinator of the Investigative Sciences Consultancy

Publications and Research

King, M. (2012) Research, testing and investigative techniques, Otago Polytechnic Architecture, Building & Engineering Seminars 1 June.

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Namarta Jaswal
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH njaswal@op.ac.nz

Mark Harmer
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH mharmer@op.ac.nz

Joelle Peters
Lecturer - ENG TECH (BRIDGING) joellen@op.ac.nz

Hana Cadzow
Senior Lecturer - ENG TECH (DEVELOPMENT) hnyhof@op.ac.nz

Mike Keppel
Lecturer - ENG TECH (ELEC) mkeppel@op.ac.nz

  Stuart Hewson
Lecturer - ENG TRADES (AUTOMECH) shewson@op.ac.nz

Stuart began work at the Otago Polytechnic in 2011 and brought many years of industry experience to his role as tutor in the Automech Youth Guarantee course. He trained in fitting, turning and machining worked in appliance manufacturing road transport engineering tunnel boring factory and mine maintenance and the Extra High Voltage Industry- subsations and power stations. In his current role, Stuart helps students re-engage with education through project-based learning welding, fabricating machining and assembly. This programme also teaching teamwork, communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

Michael Mullens
Lecturer - ENG TECH (CIVIL) mmullens@op.ac.nz


Linley Doig
Technician - NZDE linleyd@op.ac.nz

Jan Jodczyk
Technician - Mechanical Engineering janj@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Rex Turner
Lecturer - AutoMech RexT@op.ac.nz

  Ziming (Tom) Qi
Director of C-RED-NZ, A/Professor tqi@op.ac.nz

Professor Ziming Tom Qi is the Director of Centre for Research, Engineering and Design of New Zealand. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering at Tianjin University in China before undertaking a Masters at Waikato University and his PhD at Massey University. Tom has worked extensively in the tertiary education and engineering industry sectors and has brought a wealth of knowledge to his teaching at Otago Polytechnic. He is leading Human Centered Design commercialized projects based on Available Engineering and Technology, currently working on an Electric Vehicle with a link to Green Power House.

Publications and Research

Ma, K. & Qi, Z. (2017) A Human Centred Design of Electric Wheelchair Controller with Dual Control Access for Both Drivers of Disabled People and Caregiver. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. doi: 10.1115/1.4034742

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Amari Nyhof
Research Assistant anyhof@op.ac.nz

Steve Murphy
Senior Lecturer stevem@op.ac.nz

Peter Williams
Contractor - NZDE peterw@op.ac.nz