People

The Learning Shop Staff

The Learning Shop staff will help direct you with your learning needs and answer any career or course questions you may have.

June Afato

Office Administrator / Customer Service

I am originally from Christchurch and for the last 10 years have called Porirua home.  Studied at Whitirea Polytechnic in 2016 and in 2017 started working for The Learning Shop as Receptionist and Office Administrator.

Porirua is such a vibrant multi-cultural special place and I am privileged to be able to provide our community with information about courses and to assist those who need help with computers.

“Dream Big!”

Kathleen Frost

Youth Worker/Kaitautoko

I am of Maori and Samoan descent and have lived and worked in the Porirua community for most of my life.

I became one of The Learning Shop staff in 2004 after graduating in Information & Communications Technology at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. I have studied extramural since then I have added Career Guidance and Youth Work to my resume.

I am delighted to be in a position that would allow me to support and guide people from the community on their pathways to education and careers and helping people achieve their goals.

“Don’t limit yourself! Keep learning.”

John Lafaele

Youth Coach / Kaitautoko

I am of Samoan decent and schooled and lived in Porirua for most of my life. I have an extensive Social Work / Social Services background and currently enjoying supporting our local young people with their Education, Employment and Societal needs.

I am culturally engaged and have built successful relationships in and around our local education and community based agents.

I am passionate about helping people of all walks of life and look forward to meeting you and your whanau for a chat about how we can help.

“The biggest barrier to reaching your goals is yourself”

Marama Phillips

Manager

Kia Orana!

As Pathways, Team Leader part of my role is to oversee the Learning Shop. I am delighted to continue to share how The Learning Shop is a wonderful educational, community facility open five days a week. Here at the Learning Shop you can access free information on a variety of educational pathways, community courses, employment options as well as career guidance from our careers trained team. Computers are also available for writing or updating your own CV or for job searching.

Porirua is my home and honoured to be part of this community since 1966. I have worked in education and the public sector with my strengths being community relationships and a passion for working with multicultural and disadvantaged groups to be able to make a difference.

My diverse employment background (paid and unpaid) demonstrates skills in teaching particularly youths, administration, marketing, banking sector, community liaising and coaching sport. I have worked in various offices as an administrator/marketer, taught and worked in tertiary education for the last 28 years, coached secondary school, premier level and representative netball for 30 years and have done and continue to do what I do, with passion and enthusiasm!

Furthermore, I may not be always available on premises but I can absolutely promise that the team will support and give you one-on-one assistance and always with a smile.

Kia Ora and we look forward to helping you in your pathway to the future as our motto says, He huarahi ki mua (Pathways to the future).