Empowerment, Education, Enterprise
Our dedicated mentor and tutor team includes Delana Tagicakibau, Stephen Bambury, Ian Katoa, Tu Nu'uali'itia and Travis Fenton.
Tu Nu'uali'itia is an MPTT Navigator / Mentor Support at Oceania Career Academy. In his role Tu mentors Maori and Pacific tertiary trades scholarship students to complete their level 3 and 4 qualifications and helps them to transition into employment and apprenticeships in their chosen trades. Tu has vast experience working in a range of community, commercial and sports-based roles including with Sport Waitakere, as Operations Manager of Westforce Credit Union, as an online rugby correspondent for 2K Plus International Sports Media and as a sports correspondent with Radio Rhema. He has also worked with both the Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Boards as a Community Development Consultant, with The Village Community Services Trust as General Manager and with SENZ Training Trust as a Sports Training Course Educator. Tu is also a former Rugby Player who represented Samoa from 1991-1996 and played for Counties Manukau, North Harbour and Auckland Rugby between 1990-1996.
Delana is a Tutor / Mentor / Navigator at Oceania Career Academy and works closely with MPTT Students at MIT and Unitec, having worked in the role since September 2014. He has a genuine passion for youth development and has been involved in many roles throughout his career working with youth and developing them in various aspects of their lives. This includes working as a high school teacher for 18 years, as a tertiary institute lecturer for four years, as an instructional designer with open distance learning, as a Church Elder/Co-Pastor for more than 10 years and as a First XV Rugby Coach. He holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Science (Maths / Physics / Chemistry) and a Diploma in Education - Teaching in Secondary School from the University of the South Pacific. He has completed a National Certificate in Computing L1 and 2 and a Certificate in Money Management from Te Wananga o Aotearoa, as well as completing some of the Bachelor of Construction - Quantity Surveyor programme at Unitec. He has a broad understanding of the secondary school landscape including curriculum, gateway and vocational pathways, and an ability to make meaningful connections with people from all walks of life from senior academics to students, community leaders and families. Originally from Fiji, Delana is also a dad and grandad to his family.
Travis is a mentor at Oceania Career Academy. Travis achieved NCEA Levels 1-3 at Otahuhu College, graduating in 2011 with a Level 3 Excellence Endorsement. He went on to study at the University of Auckland and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 2015. He has previously worked as a Mates Academic Mentor assisting year 13 students with schoolwork, encouraging mentees to pursue and meet academic goals, providing them with insight into life as a tertiary student from experience and teaching mentees various study techniques and time management skills. Travis has great communication skills and is a motivated young man that has a passion for helping others achieve their goals.
Stephen is a Tutor at Oceania Career Academy in Engineering and Carpentry. He has a range of both teaching experience and industrial experience having worked as a professional Coachbuilder and Fleet Technician. His pervious role was working as a Vocational Education Tutor within the corrections system, teaching and assessing a wide range of prisoners in welding, engineering and carpentry to National Vocational Qualification Level 3 within the Corrections environment. As a Coachbuilder and Fleet Technician, Stephen utilised a cross section of skills including Mig welding, fabrication, woodworking, glazing and engineering, along with associated skills and tasks allied to custom vehicle fit outs. He has also worked at Unitec as a Technician within the Transport Technology department, as an Automotive and Mechanical Engineering lecturer and as a part-time tutor in welding and fabrication and a departmental technician. Throughout his life Stephen has built up a good all round, hands-on working practice and holds a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and Certificate in Higher Education from Unitec. He has a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from AUT and a Certificate of Registration as an Assessor from Competenz. He has held certification in City & Guilds parts 1, 2 and 3 in Vehicle Body Building, is a Certified Automotive Engineer (Institute of Motor Industry UK) and is currently enrolled on to the NCALNE Course with MIT.
Ian Katoa is an Engineering Tutor at Oceania Career Academy, with both industry and tutoring experience. He holds a Certificate in Fabrication Engineering Level 4 (2008 – MIT) and has qualified tickets in Welding, ARC, MIG and TIG as well as a crane license and rigging license. Ian holds certification to assess candidate performance and has worked at OCA since January 2016 as Tutor / Mentor. Prior to that he was a site foreman, supervisor and workshop fabricator at Olwyn Engineering, and has previously worked as a mechanical engineer at Irvine Goodman Fielder. Ian has a passion for working with youth, and outside of work he is a Gym Instructor/Trainer, a Youth Leader at Youth Core, Otara and a Rugby League Coach.