Future Students Team


Jayne Mayerhofler, Director

Phone: (09) 921 9211
mob: 021 2451 372
Email: jayne.mayerhofler@aut.ac.nz

Engaging with students as they make choices about their career path is very important to me. At AUT we ease the transition from secondary school to tertiary education and then into the workforce by helping students make informed career decisions and access the right experts and resources.

For the last nine years I have been working in the secondary and tertiary education sector. Before that, I was involved in student recruitment, career pathways and widening participation programmes. I strongly believe it is our duty as a tertiary provider to ensure our students transition smoothly by having all available options presented to them and their whānau. While my career and journey through AUT has flourished through other roles, being involved with our young people is what I love most.

About me

I am married with two children; Mac, who is in his second year of university at AUT studying conjoint Communications and Business, and Allyana who is a very passionate hip hop dancer with The Royal Family Varsity crew.  Outside of AUT, I enjoy spending time with friends and, when I get the chance, love to run.



Hayley Welch, Manager - Future Students

Phone: (09) 921 9222
mob: 021 952 161
Email: hayley.welch@aut.ac.nz

I joined the Future Students Team at AUT in 2014 and ever since my first day I have truly felt at home. I believe in education and I am proud to be part of a team that supports our community with their journey into higher education. AUT has been a pivotal part of my journey and I have recently completed my MBA with AUT, studying while I work. 

I started my career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, working in Wellington and then overseas. I returned to New Zealand and moved in to the health sector where I thrived in the role of health promoting schools coordinator. After four years, I was ready for a change and having recently commenced studying at AUT, was grateful to find a new challenging role at AUT. 

About me
My main priority in life is my family. I am blessed to come from a strong, yet crazy and beautiful family. I grew up in Leigh, and my favourite way to spend a weekend is with my husband and daughter at one of our local beaches with delicious food, sunshine and great music. “Ka haere koe ki whea, ka whai to ataarangi” (wherever you go in life, be grounded in your culture). 

Hilary Robotham

Hilary Robotham, Manager, Future Students (On Campus)

Phone: (09) 921 9027
mob: 021 836 132
Email: hilary.robotham@aut.ac.nz

I believe in giving the youth of today the best chance at creating awesome futures for themselves, filled with energy and passion for their chosen career. That all starts with them making an informed choice over what to study and opening their minds to new possibilities.

At AUT I manage the On Campus team and look after hosting groups of students across our three campuses as well as manage our many on campus events.

Over the last decade my career has transitioned from corporate event management into focusing on my calling to help youth realise their potential. I spent 5 years as the Auckland Regional Manager for the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a high school programme where students create companies that trade for a year. This hands on learning experience was amazing at opening students minds to the alternative career opportunities of entrepreneurial businesses. During my time with YES, I transformed the programme to help better engage the students with real business owners, leveraging my personal entrepreneurial networks.

About me
In my personal life I continue to challenge and “reset normal” for myself with a dedication and passion for Ironman triathlons.  I enter these endurance triathlons for personal fulfilment and the life style that this pursuit demands.

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Rosina ‘Uhila, Relationship Manager

Phone: (09) 921 9272
mob: 021 228 8922
Email: rosina.uhila@aut.ac.nz

My role as a Relationship Manager based at AUT South Campus gives me the opportunity to engage with local schools and understand their community. Whether it be a campus tour for a family to hosting revision workshops for Year 13s, there is nothing more rewarding than building a strong relationship with a student and seeing them progress throughout the year - ready to transition.

I graduated in Christchurch from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in 2009.
I enjoy combining my experience in various performing arts mediums to Youth and Community work.

A few of my highlights include delivering educational productions to over 250 primary schools across New Zealand, directing youth arts programs for at risk youth at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, directing workshops for the Interacting Trust developing the potential and capabilities of disabled people through theatre, and recently working for Affirming Works a non-for-profit organisation based in South Auckland, delivering mentoring services and social enterprise.

About me
I am of Tongan decent and born in Auckland. My mother has served at ASB for over 30 years, my Father a Minister for the Congregational Methodist Church, and I have two younger brothers, one who is a Civil Engineer and the other a Primary School Teacher.
Outside of work I committed to church and the Performing Arts –but most of all spending quality time with my family.

Olivia Morgan

Olivia Morgan, Relationship Manager

Phone: (09) 921 9203
mob: 021 511 792
Email: olivia.morgan@aut.ac.nz

I am passionate about providing knowledge and guidance to students, as they navigate their way from secondary school into the next stage of their journey. AUT boasts an encouraging environment, for students to grow their ambition and nurture their aspirations.

Tertiary education has and continues to open many doors, for both my career and personal growth. Having graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of International Hospitality Management. I have since had the opportunity to work in the Events industry, coordinating small scale events and conferences, and International Relations, coordinating training programmes here at AUT.

About me
I love living in West Auckland surrounded by the Waitakere ranges and Wild West coast beaches. If I’m not at the beach or checking out a new walking track, I’m researching a new country to explore and planning events for my friends and family.


Jason Tutara, Relationship Manager - Outreach

Phone: (09) 921 9208
mob: 021 871 856
Email: jason.tutara@aut.ac.nz

For me, tertiary recruitment is about establishing rapport with schools and students and then highlighting all of the choices, opportunities and pathways on offer. An informed student is one that will seek more knowledge and make the most of such a partnership. I am pleased to be at AUT, a university that is very industry focused and produces graduates with current skills, knowledge and experience of the 21st century. I love engaging with Tauira Māori across the motu to see how AUT can help them prepare for the future.

I have been working within student recruitment for the past 6 years and love empowering students to take their next steps into tertiary study. Here at AUT I previously worked as an ambassador, part-time lecturer and admissions administrator and studied career development. Making connections with like-minded people and organisations makes my role a very rewarding one.

About me
I love sports. Watching, playing and commenting on it seems to take up most of my spare time at present. So much so that I am undertaking study within the realm of sport and recreation in 2017.

I also enjoy visiting family in Europe, going to Speedway on the weekends and DJ'ing during the busy summer months.

Sam Pilisi, Manager - Future Students, South Campus

Phone: (09) 921 9899
mob: 021868455
Email: sam.pilisi@aut.ac.nz

Promoting and fostering educational aspirations in the next generation of leaders is a rewarding role that draws upon establishing and maintaining strong relationships. I really enjoy being at the frontline of equipping our young people with the necessary tools and knowledge to transition well into tertiary study.  As an AUT graduate, I feel a strong fit with the values and skills both of AUT and this role.

I began my university career at the University of Western Sydney where I was supporting Pacific university students with transition, retention and course completion. I also promoted and fostered aspirations for higher education among Pacific students and their families across 80+ high school and primary schools in the Greater Western Sydney area.

In New Zealand I have also worked at Best Pacific Institute of Education in the challenging role of engaging with Maori and Pacific youth from the West Auckland area who often have had negative experiences with mainstream education. I worked in a similar student recruitment role at Unitec, which involved connecting with parents, school students and secondary school staff.

About me
I am the eldest of five boys, with there being a 29-year gap between me and our youngest brother. I really enjoy advocating and promoting Niue culture as there aren’t many of us in the world! I love sports and use all four seasons of the year to play and support a variety of sports.


Linda Strickson-Pua

Linda Strickson-Pua, On Campus Relationship Manager

On Campus Relationship Manager (City Campus)
Phone: (09) 921 9212
Email: linda.strickson-pua@aut.ac.nz 

Kia ora koutou. Ko Linda Strickson-Pua taku ingoa.

As a relationship manager based on the City Campus, I provide one-on-one appointments to discuss future study and career options with students and their families. We also cater for schools or large groups that want to visit our City Campus. I have worked at AUT for 12 years.

Prior to AUT, I worked for 15 years in a Pacific Island trust providing communication and employment skills for youth who had disengaged from the New Zealand education system. I hail from four generations of teachers, with my son the latest convert to teaching. I am passionate about education and believe that being well informed is the key to empowering you to make good choices in your educational and career journey.

The personal computer had yet to be realised when I started my tertiary educational journey. The internet didn’t exist. I am the eternal student and enjoy keeping abreast of new developments.

About me
Family is important to me. My family is representative of the multicultural family in a global age, coming from an English background meshed with Samoan, Chinese, Maori, Niuean, Fijian, Filipino and Korean. We write poetry, songs, stories, and produce artwork and music.

Education can happen anywhere. It’s about ensuring our youth are exposed to a range of experiences that enable them to survive in a world that is constantly changing.


Helen Fonua

Helen Fonua, On Campus Relationship Manager

On Campus Relationship Manager (North Campus)
Phone: (09) 921 9999 Ext. 8574
Email: helen.fonua@aut.ac.nz

I first joined AUT 10 years ago in 2008 as an on-campus relationship manager. In my role I interact and engage with prospective students, offering one-on-one course and career advice as well as hosting schools on campus by providing students with an on-campus experience. 

My background prior to coming to AUT was in both radio and the health industry.

About me
I have served as a member on the Board of Trustees for Kelston Boys’ High School for two terms (six years) and I have loved every minute of it. I also graduated at AUT with a Graduate Certificate in Career Development in 2013 which has enabled me to assist students on their study journey with AUT from the beginning right through to graduation.  This I find very rewarding indeed!

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Sarah-Jane Laing, Relationship Manager

Phone: (09) 921 9950
mob: 021 705 145
Email: sarah-jane.laing@aut.ac.nz

I am very passionate about working with youth. Being able to help students identify their potential and guide them into a future they are truly excited about is what attracted me to this role.

Before coming to AUT,  I worked four years as an event manager for Stage Challenge, a not-for-profit organisation for whom I organised 20 events nationwide annually involving 16,000 students. I enjoyed helping to provide young people with new exciting opportunities and skills through the events, a 100% smoke and drug free global series that involves students performing dance, design and drama. 

I completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations at AUT in 2011. I loved my course and all the opportunities that studying through AUT provided me. I believe tertiary educations offers a great chance to learn new skills and knowledge, get industry contacts and build lasting relationships. I personally wish to continue to learn and build on skills and knowledge with further study at AUT, where life-long learning is encouraged.  

About me
My husband and I are keen campers, constantly looking for different beaches and hideaways to explore. I also love to keep fit and active, if I’m not on a soccer or hockey field during my free time you’ll probably find me out in my garden.


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Pablo Fernandez, Relationship Manager

Phone: (09) 921 9390
mob: 021 523 895
Email: pablo.fernandez@aut.ac.nz

I truly enjoy motivating, encouraging and providing key information to students as they progress to a very exciting stage in their life - university education - while also building strong relationships with key stakeholders, particularly careers advisors and secondary schools. This is a key passion of mine after working in a number of motivational and teaching roles over the years.

Education, sustainable practices in business, and marketing relationships were at the core of my studies and research activities as part of my Master of Business - completed at AUT in 2014. Over that time I was actively involved in academic research and teaching within the Department of Marketing, Advertising, Retail and Sales at AUT’s Business School. Working with university students for almost three years provided me with a strong understanding of the student-experience and their professional expectations. 

Before working in tertiary education I worked as an entrepreneur, as well as a range of relationship marketing roles. These experiences made me aware of the importance of going beyond and aiming to provide an excellent service. I have also been involved with the development of junior tennis players in New Zealand as a tennis coach for over 10 years.

About me
I am originally from Mexico. I travelled to Auckland as an international student and am still here 10 years later. I feel lucky to be where I am, in a place that is vibrant, interesting and full of wonderful people. This year, I will try to win the 2017 Tennis World Masters Games. The event will be held in April at the Albany Tennis Centre, Auckland. 

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Janet Akeripa, On Campus Relationship Manager

On Campus Relationship Manager (South Campus)
Phone: (09) 921 9327
Email: janet.akeripa@aut.ac.nz

O le ala i le pule o le tautua
The path to leadership is through service.

In order to succeed when working with people and be an effective member of any organisation, one must have a clear understanding of service, this is serving others with passion, dedication and focus. This is a Samoan adage that I use to describe my life and work ethic. 

As an energetic, driven and highly motivated professional with a strong desire to succeed, I enjoy building positive networks with key stakeholders and engaging in working relationships to create positive business results. I have established a comprehensive student academic and pastoral counselling system that provides efficient and effective advice, as well as support and guidance relating to issues impacting immensely on Maori and Pacific students' lives and success.

I completed my Master of Educational Leadership in 2009, including Te Ao Māori papers and my Master of Philosophy with a Pasifika Education focus in 2007, both at AUT.

About me
I enjoy travelling and last year had the fantastic opportunity to visit four different countries in one trip. Trust me, your education will take you places, so give it 100%. I am also the mother of two young boys and my husband is a teacher. As you can imagine our family have a love of learning which we believe is a real blessing and an opportunity you cannot miss.


Michael Collins, Relationship Manager

Phone: (09) 921 9355
mob: 021 532 093
Email: michael.collins@aut.ac.nz

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
(Māori proverb)

I enjoy empowering people to reach their goals and be the best that they can. Being able to achieve this with students is something I really enjoy in my role. 

As a graduate of AUT, I can personally endorse the service we provide as it has been my own experience. I’ve found AUT to be a truly dynamic learning environment with values that benefit both students and staff.

My background is in communications, having graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT. In recent years I’ve worked on government community initiatives and for a national not-for-profit youth organisation within communications roles with a strong marketing and stakeholder engagement focus.

About me
I’m a born and bred Kiwi from a family of 4 siblings with a half Samoan mum and full Australian dad. I enjoy travelling, with Camp America being one of the best adventures I’ve ever had. I also enjoy sports and play as many as I can. When I’m not playing or watching sports, I’ll be somewhere trying to strum a guitar tune or discovering new café brunch spots.

Yuval Eyal
Yuval Eyal, Relationship Manager

Phone: (09) 921 9253
mob: 021 717 698
Email: yuval.eyal@aut.ac.nz

I strive for all students to have an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Being able to assist students in achieving their dreams and goals has always been an aspiration of mine. Through my study experience at AUT, as a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation student, I fell in love with the hands-on approach AUT offered and the relevant work experience I was able to achieve while studying. 

I started my professional journey through the AUT workplace experience as a marketing intern at Eden Park Trust. I progressed from an intern to marketing co-ordinator, having the opportunity to work alongside the All Blacks, Auckland Blues, New Zealand Blackcaps and NRL Auckland Nines. My last job involved working in Sydney for the National Rugby League (NRL) as an account executive for the Vodafone Warriors. I have a passion for sport, however my passion for AUT and drive to help students succeed, drove my desire to work in the AUT Future Students Team. 

About me
I'm originally from Israel, with a Jewish background, and have lived in New Zealand for the last 15 years. I can speak both English and Hebrew and I have loved the diversity AUT embraces and encompasses. I have a huge passion for sport, love watching rugby, cricket and tennis and participate in netball, touch and tennis. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching sports on the weekend, cooking, baking and travelling around the world learning about new cultures. 

Last updated: 07-Mar-2018 5.02pm

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