Meet the team

Learn more about the people working to make our campuses healthier places for the University community.

Jodie Peterson | Student Equity and Wellbeing Manager

Jodie has recently joined the team as Acting Student Equity and Wellbeing Manager, while Carley Fletcher is on parental leave. She has an extensive background working with people who experience physical and neuro diversities through both medical and educational contexts and is passionate about equitable and inclusive education. Having previously worked as a Nurse in Acute Care, Public Health and Mental Health settings, along with six years of classroom teaching experience and additional roles as team leader and school-wide curriculum leader for Digital & Collaborative teaching, she brings an extensive and wide range of expertise to the team. As manager, her focus is to steer the team's key initiatives, while also cementing relationships across the University to ensure there's an increased awareness around the wellbeing and equity needs of students.

Thibaut (Tee) Bouttier-Esprit | Health Promotion Advisor

Tee was born and raised in New Caledonia. A qualified health promoter, Tee has a background in community health and has been involved in many different projects in the field of rainbow health, sexual health, sexual harm reduction and international student advocacy. Tee is passionate about community-led work and sees communities feeling empowered as a central aspect of his work.

In his role as health promotion advisor, Tee works on promoting the wellbeing of the students of the University whilst engaging with various stakeholders. Lots of the work revolves around equity and harm prevention and engaging students with a sustainable and digital view of health promotion.  

Sonja Maitland | Health Promotion Advisor

Sonja grew up in the stunning region of Te Tai Tokerau and still calls it home. A passionate health promoter, she has industry experience in Public Health and Health Promotion, with a focus on healthy housing, equity, youth health, and food insecurity. Sonja is both a recent student and recent lecturer, which gives her a unique perspective of both sides of the tertiary experience, which helps inform the design of tertiary health promotion initiatives. 

As Health Promotion Advisor, Sonja works alongside University of Auckland students and departments to design and implement health promotion initiatives which benefit students. The focus of these initiatives are on harm reduction and removing barriers to positive health outcomes.

Shivani Kershaw | Health Promotion Advisor

As the newest Health Promotion Advisor in the team, Shivani grew up in the North Shore but calls Fiji, India, and the United Kingdom her homes. While Shivani will graduate in early 2024 with a BAdvSci(Hons)/BHSc degree, she comes from a Developmental Psychology and Public Health background and has previously worked in the community with a focus on rangatahi mental health, research, drug harm prevention, and empowering populations.

As Health Promotion Advisor, Shivani works with students, for students, to curate a vast range of wellbeing-related events and activations on campus that centres a critical and conscious lens of health, wellness, and the pursuit for positive health outcomes. 

Our Wellbeing Ambassadors

L-R: Daniel, Tamika, Dani, Aarushee, Shivani & Henry

The Wellbeing and Equity teams now employ a group of Wellbeing and Equity Student Ambassadors, more commonly known as WESA's. Our Student Ambassadors are passionate and engaged students who support our teams in the planning and implementation of our projects and initiatives, assist in delivering messages and trainings to the University community and are valued representatives of the student voice. You will often see their friendly faces at events and activations around campus throughout the year!

Contact us

We would love to hear from you! Please contact us using one of the channels below and the appropriate staff member will be in touch.

Email: wellbeing@auckland.ac.nz