About Us

Meet the Boss

Andrea Taaffe
General Manager.

My name is Andrea Taaffe and I am an ex grad of EIT in the Performing Arts. Upon graduating I have spent the last 30 years working in  Performing Arts and Event Management. I spent 10 years at the Hawkes Bay Opera House in Venue Management and Operations and then on my own business of Event Management. From there I worked at the Hastings City Business Association as their Event Manager for 7 years. I also am the Chairwoman for Fringe in The Stings which is an arts festival based in Hastings. This has led me to the role of GM for Younited. I thoroughly enjoy this role and Im  passionate about making sure the students educational journey is a safe and enjoyable experience. Outside of work I love meeting new people, socializing and working in the Arts..

Your Board 2018

Younited Students’ Association has a Governing Board who meet once a month to discuss topical issues focusing on student advocacy as well as presenting monthly report updates from the General Manager and Treasurer.
The elected Younited Governance Board is made up of the President, two Vice Presidents and six Internal Board Members who are all current EIT students. They also have two External Board Members who hold reputable business background experience. They are all responsible for determining decisions according to the constitution and defining student political outcomes for the betterment of all students whilst in tertiary education.
During mid-year Younited Students’ Association run an election where interested students can apply and get nominated by the student body. This is through a democratic process where successful candidates get announced at a dinner event.

Hawke’s Bay Staff

Mary Holster-Tocker
Administration & Events

Everybody knows Mary. She’s been the face of the office for over 10 years. Mary and her husband (the infamous Mr. X) have been here for early morning breakfasts during O week and exam weeks, and put together the lunchtime feeds that you all have come to enjoy. Mary does much more than that, but you’ll have to ask her for her secrets to getting it all done.

Hawke’s Bay Staff

Fiona Merwood
Budgeting Advisor

Younited Student Budgeting Support is a service alongside Napier Family Centre providing debt management and budgeting guidance to students.
Fiona assists you in looking at your financial options and can provide a range of tools and knowledge to ensure that you have greater understanding of your financial situation and help going forward.
A friendly lady who is always willing to help!.

Tairawhiti Staff

Careen Jack
Tairawhiti Student Advocate

If you have been in the main hub at Tairawhiti then there is no doubt you have bumped into Careen. Careen does an amazing job as Student Advocate, Events Manager and all round everything else to support the Tairwahiti Students. Always a friendly smile and can do attitude, pop in and say hello sometime!

Tairawhiti Staff

Julie Walker

Tairawhiti Student Advocate

My name is Julie Walker I am the new Younited student advocate for Tairawhiti. I have been working in education for nine tears working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities. I am outgoing enjoy dancing and teach Lesmills Bodyjam which is so much fun.  I am here Monday to Friday to help Students with any Academic grievances study link or enrollment issues or any concerns affecting your studies at EIT, and is always kept confidential.

I am here to provide support to help students overcome any challenges big or small that they might be having during their tertiary journey.

To help balance and succeed Younited provides recreational activities and a variety of events to cater for a wide range of cultures, age groups and interests of the student body.

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