The Unique Team

The helpful, friendly people at Unique New Zealand 

Teachers

Faith

Faith

Academic Director

It’s all about YOU, the student, and what you would like to achieve while you are here! 

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I have been the Academic Director at Unique for 13 years.

Unique is a great learning environment! We are large enough to run a well-regulated academic school, yet small enough to be flexible in the delivery of our programmes, so that we can tailor them to suit individual needs or requests.

We provide a serious learning experience where students can prepare for IELTS; but there is also a lot of fun in the classroom, as we use a range of enjoyable and innovative approaches to learning.

Unique employs well qualified and experienced teachers with skills to suit a range of learning styles and needs.

It’s all about YOU, the student, and what you would like to achieve while you are here! Please contact me if you have any questions about a particular course. faith@unique.ac.nz

Linda

Linda

Assistant Academic Director

Our students come from many different countries.

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I’ve been involved with Unique since it was first established over 25 years ago. I’ve been teaching here since 1999. For the past few years I’ve been Assistant Academic Director. Unique has changed so much over the years – we’ve grown bigger, of course, and our students now come from many different countries. This means that the job is always changing and is never boring.

We are all here to help you settle into your studies and your life in New Zealand. If you have any questions about your class, your study, or life in New Zealand in general there are plenty of people who can help you. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

You can email me on: linda@unique.ac.nz if you have any queries.

Unique has many teachers who can teach a variety of courses. Here are just a few:

Emma

Emma

General English teacher

I love meeting people from different cultures and helping them achieve their goals.

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I’ve been an ESL teacher for five years. I have taught in Japan, Korea, England and Australia.

I’m a hiker, a traveler, and I’m learning Spanish. Adios!

Dan

Dan

General English teacher

A good lesson is interactive, enjoyable and involves a lot of communication.

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I have taught in six countries, from China to Brazil and a few places in between.

Other than teaching, I love hiking, surfing and learning languages.

Mimi

Mimi

General English teacher

I hope to help my students with encouragement, care and understanding.

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I’ve been at Unique for around five years, and before that taught high-school English in the USA.

A few years ago, I walked 800km across Spain, and have run and walked marathons, too.

Jane

Jane

Academic English teacher

I love nothing more than seeing my students achieve their goals.

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Not only am I an Academic English teacher, but I'm also the Adult Dean, and so co-ordinate Unique's Adult teaching team.

I started teaching at Unique more than a decade ago. Before working here, I was a high-school teacher in Zimbabwe.

I adore reading, cooking and spending time with my grandchildren.

Linda

Linda

Academic English teacher

We are all here to help you settle into your studies and your life in New Zealand.

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I’ve been involved with Unique since it was first established over 25 years ago. I’ve been teaching here since 1999. For the past few years I’ve been Assistant Academic Director. Unique has changed so much over the years – we’ve grown bigger, of course, and our students now come from many different countries. This means that the job is always changing and is never boring.

Niccolo

Niccolo

English Plus Activities teacher

A good language teacher is patient, empathetic and curious.

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I'm an Italian New Zealander and have taught ESOL for over five years in five countries.

I'm a big fan of sports, fishing, reading and documentaries.

Alistair

Alistair

Activities Coordinator

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

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I’ve worked at Unique since 2006. I have been a teacher, activities supervisor, and activities coordinator.

If you have any questions about what is happening in Auckland or need something fun to do at the weekend/after school come and see me. Also come and talk to me if you want to arrange a weekend trip or find out how to get around New Zealand.

I enjoy meeting people from all around the world and look forward to helping you enjoy your New Zealand English Experience.

Jennifer

Jennifer

English Plus Activities teacher

My favourite thing about teaching? The students!

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I've been an ESOL teacher for almost a decade, most of which I've spent at Unique. I have also taught in Japan and Korea.

Before teaching, I was the drummer in a punk rock band, and I can play the piano accordion.

Come jam with me!

Melanie

Melanie

English for Further Studies teacher

Unique is perfect for teens: they study hard in class and unwind in Browns Bay.

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As Unique's Teen Dean, I'm responsible for organizing our Teen teaching staff.

I've been teaching teens at Unique since 2003 and I still love it.

I'm a big reader, a keen shopper and I'm currently learning to play the electric tuba.

Lyn

Lyn

English for Further Studies teacher

I hope to see students improve not only their English, but confidence and behaviour, too.

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I've been at Unique for six years. Before teaching here, I spent almost 40 years as a primary school teacher.

Outside of class, I love walking, gardening and spending time with my grandkids.

Student Services

Asami

Asami

Student Services

I love the area that Unique is located. It is really beautiful and peaceful.

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I am part of the Student Services team here at Unique. I’m from Japan originally and came to New Zealand for the first time in 2000, staying in Christchurch for a year. It was a wonderful experience. After living in Canada for a few years, I came back to New Zealand in 2012. I love the area that Unique is located. It is really beautiful and peaceful. I am very happy to support students as I had a lot of support when I was a student. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or email : asami@unique.ac.nz

Raj

Raj

Student Services

I would like to cordially welcome you to Unique New Zealand.

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I am part of the Student Services team at Unique New Zealand. I look after administrative and office support activities. I would like to cordially welcome you to Unique New Zealand. If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact me at raj@unique.ac.nz.

Irina

Irina

Students Services

I will do my best to find the answers you need.

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I’m part of the Student Services team here at Unique. I can speak Russian and English. You can ask me any questions concerning your stay and study at Unique New Zealand and I will do my best to find the answers you need!

Please contact me at irina@unique.ac.nz

Wendy

Wendy

Students Services

I look forward to meeting you soon.

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I immigrated to NZ and I have been working at Unique New Zealand since 2002. I am part of the Student Services team here at Unique and will be able to assist with your enquiries.

Please contact me on wendy@unique.ac.nz. I speak Korean and English and I will do my best to look after you.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Alistair

Alistair

Student Services - Activities

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

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I’ve worked at Unique since 2006. I have been a teacher, activities supervisor, and activities coordinator. If you have any questions about what is happening in Auckland or need something fun to do at the weekend/after school come and see me. Also come and talk to me if you want to arrange a weekend trip or find out how to get around New Zealand.

I enjoy meeting people from all around the world and look forward to helping you enjoy your New Zealand English Experience.

Contact me at Alistair@unique.ac.nz or activities@unique.ac.nz

Drew

Drew

Digital Content Designer

I make sure Unique is on the cutting edge of learning technology.

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I am in charge of making sure the school remains on the cutting edge of teaching technology.

This involves teaching other teachers to use Unique’s iPads, Smartboards and online classes, as well as making sure our devices are running the latest teaching software so our students have the best possible learning experience.

Jaishree

Jaishree

Homestay Co-ordinator

Learning and appreciating the different cultures and ethnicities is what makes it so rewarding. 

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I have been living in North Shore, Auckland for the past 30 years and have three wonderful children. I have been hosting students from Unique NZ since 2012, learning and appreciating the different cultures and ethnicities is what makes it so rewarding.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about becoming a homestay family, please contact me at homestay@unique.ac.nz.

Amanda

Amanda

Homestay Co-ordinator

It is a great pleasure to be around so many different cultures.

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One of our two homestay coordinators

I moved to New Zealand with my family from England (west Yorkshire) in 2001 and have always lived in Torbay which is now my home.

I am here to help students find wonderful homestay families which will make their stay more enjoyable.

I have been hosting international student for the last five years. It is a great pleasure to be around so many different cultures.

Sales & Marketing

Mauro

Mauro

International Sales & Marketing Manager

 I can help with everything related to the processes prior to  studying

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I moved to New Zealand in 2008 from Chile and have been working for Unique since then.

Recently I have taken on the new role of International Sales & Marketing Manager.

I also look after all the students that come from Spanish or Portuguese speaking countries. I can help with everything related to the processes prior to and while studying in New Zealand.

If you have any questions, just send me an email in English, Spanish or Portuguese: mauro@unique.ac.nz.

Eri

Eri

Sales and Marketing

I first came to New Zealand in 2000.

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I am Japanese and first came to New Zealand in 2000. I am part of the International Sales team here at Unique. If you have any questions, please contact me: eri@unique.ac.nz

Kathe

Kathe

Sales and Marketing

We offer visitors an excellent, unforgettable and completely Unique experience.

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I have worked at Unique New Zealand since 1996. I am part of the International Sales Team here at Unique.

We offer visitors an excellent, unforgettable and completely Unique experience studying here in New Zealand. I welcome you to study with us.

Yui

Yui

Sales and Marketing

Welcome to Unique!

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I am part of the International Sales team here at Unique. I can speak Thai and English. If you have any questions about courses/programmes at Unique New Zealand, contact me: yui@unique.ac.nz