About The Mind Lab by Unitec

The Mind Lab by Unitec is a unique education collaboration between a public education provider and a specialist education lab dedicated to enhancing digital literacy capability and the implementation of contemporary practice in the teaching profession.

The Mind Lab is a pioneer in digital and collaborative learning reflecting the new theoretical and practical frameworks of contemporary education. Unitec is a leader in applied vocational education with a long history in education from preschool teacher training through to postgraduate education leadership.

Together The Mind Lab and Unitec is redefining professional development for teachers through the offering of an applied, progressive and blended postgraduate qualification specialising in digital and collaborative learning. This programme of study introduces new teaching methodologies for active class engagement, practical knowledge of digital tools and exposure to emerging pedagogical practices that enhance the learning experience for today’s learner.

The Mind Lab and Unitec

This partnership is the first of its kind in New Zealand, blending highly practical postgraduate knowledge taught in The Mind Lab’s purpose built creative learning environment together with classroom-based applied practice and online learning.

“Education doesn’t need to be reformed- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
Ken Robinson, 2009

The digital landscape

Technology and the access to digital devices in every aspect of our lives has fundamentally changed how we communicate, share and teach.

The only constant in this digital revolution is the certainty of change, and the need for all people, in all industries and all sectors to embrace lifelong learning and knowledge advancement to reflect the world we live in.

A new generation of learners

As educators we need to prepare and teach students to be flexible, to be adaptable and to be technically skilled for a world that is increasingly digital, global and specialised. A deep understanding of collaborative environments, project-based work streams, design thinking, cultural awareness and global connectedness will arm students for the world ahead.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
Ignacio Estrada

As a teacher we want our students to make critical and meaningful connections with new knowledge, new concepts and new ideas. Contemporary teaching increasingly allows students’ to explore learning from their own personal perspective, bringing their world to the learning environment and their experience to the learning process.

Ultimately to facilitate change and to activate progress requires teachers and students to learn the tools, gain the knowledge and to be given the power to be bold, innovative, curious and flexible.



The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Auckland

Frances Valintine

Chair & Founder


Rick Ede



Frank Janssen


Fee McLeod

General Manager

David Parsons

National Postgraduate Director

Milla Inkila

Postgraduate Director – Auckland

Richard Rowley

Education Director – Auckland

Melissa Fincham

Engagement Manager

Sandy Taylor

Accounts and Administration Manager


Damon Kahi

National Technologist

Truman Pham

Online Educator

Darcy Vo

Online Educator

Binglan Han

Online Educator

Fuatino Peilua

National Portal Manager

Tasha Bowen

National Portal Assistant

Shahbeba Ali

Assistant Operations Manager


Coco Kim-Corey

EdTech Educator

Eros Malele

EdTech Educator

Alex Jankovic

EdTech Educator

Dewi Phan

EdTech Educator

Annalisa Li

In-House Designer

Lauri Watt

In-House Copywriter

Susanne Axelsson

Project Manager

Maddy King

Project Manager

Rai Aleem

Lab Manager

Benjamin Mataio

Front of house


Facility Manager

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Wellington

Sarah Ash

School Liaison Manager

Rochelle Thorn

Postgraduate Facilitator

Ben Egerton

Postgraduate Facilitator

Cheryl Whitfield

Lab Manager


Centre Support

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Gisborne

Tim Gander

Education Director

Shanon O’Connor

EdTech Educator

Moana Kerr

Lab Manager

Emily Walpole

EdTech Educator

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Christchurch

Michael Campbell

Centre Director


Herbert Thomas

Postgraduate Director

Shary Bakker

EdTech Educator

Stephanie Du Hamel

EdTech Educator

Janna Ross

National Portal Assistant

Kristyl Lynch

Lab Manager

The Mind Lab Key Contact – New Plymouth


Katrina Ward

Postgraduate Facilitator

The Mind Lab Key Contact – Rotorua & Tauranga


Lynley Schofield

Postgraduate Director

The Mind Lab Key Contact – Whanganui

Rochelle Thorn

Postgraduate Facilitator

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Whangarei & Auckland

Karen Baker

Postgraduate Facilitator

Join the team


Vacancies and open applications

We’re always looking for great talent to join our team.  At the moment, we have these opportunities available.


We would love to hear from you!

If these opportunities are not for you, but you are someone with bags of energy and an unbridled passion for creative/digital technologies then please send us a little blurb about yourself along with your CV to work@themindlab.com for us to keep on our files for future opportunities.