Support and Wellbeing at Carey
Our Student Support team at Carey are keen to come alongside students across their learning journeys. Library staff work diligently to help students get the journals and books they need for assessment time. Eugene Fuimaono (Māori Students Learning Adviser) and Tanya Lameta (our Pasifika Students Learning Adviser) work together to fulfill Carey’s commitment to our Tiriti hikoi, as they care not only for our Māori and Pasifika students, but for all our students. On the administrative side, we make sure our students have the resources necessary to know the ins and outs of study at Carey.
But student support at Carey goes well beyond our wonderful staff. Our Student Association (SASS) organises activities and events to build community, and they also curate the student recreation room as a place for relaxation and fun. Continue reading to learn more about our efforts to care for students holistically, and learn more about resources and support agencies we recommend, along with procedures for harassment and complaints.
Paihere Student Support
Our ambition is to serve each student holistically, which is why we have dedicated staff who care for the academic and pastoral needs of all our students. Eugene and Tanya also specialise in care for Māori and Pasifika students, respectively. Their office is located in Te Whare Oranga, so they are always close to students.
The library team curate over 35,000 publications, including journals, books (both physical and electronic), and rare items. But they also serve our students by collecting articles, answering questions, and providing critical help for assessments are projects.
Student Association (SASS)
The Carey Student Association (SASS) is a voluntary organisation for students, run by students. SASS prioritises building relationships and supporting students through events, activities and peer support. Rebecca Hooper, SASS President, says “our heart is for cultivating a thriving sense of community.” SASS also nominates representatives to Carey’s Academic Committee and Board. SASS hosts its own Facebook group, which we encourage you to join.
Resources and Support Agencies
There are a variety of resources and support agencies available to the Carey community, including mental health agencies, community and public services, and more. Below are some we recommend.
Mental Health Support Services
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand “works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.”
Healthpoint offers up-to-date information about healthcare providers, treatments for common issues, referral procedures, and more. Learn more about their kaupapa Māori.
For half a century, Youthline has been supporting New Zealanders between the ages of 12-24. They provide text, phone, web chat, and email services.
Supporting Pasifika families and communities, Le Va uses “evidence-based resources, tools, information, knowledge and support services for the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes.”
Village Collective supports Pasifika youth wellbeing and sexual health decisions.
Community and Public Services
Community Services Card
You may qualify for a Community Services Card that can help offset the cost of healthcare, prescriptions, and more.
Local Doctors provides information about access to local health clinics throughout Auckland.
AT HOP Card
Auckland Transport provide an AT HOP Card, a reusable prepay card that is good on trains, buses, and ferries around Auckland.
There are a variety of avenues you can pursue for career advice, and our team are happy to help you navigate them.
To set up a meeting to talk to a team member about career options, email Neroli.
Hardship and Financial Support
During your time at Carey, you may encounter financial hardship for one reason or another. Whatever the reason, we are here to help, and our staff are available to chat through the options available to you. If you have a specific financial need, Carey has a small hardship fund for which you may be eligible. Contact Neroli for more details.
You may also want to look at some of the many scholarships we offer at Carey. Work and Income provide support if you have a low income or are not working, along with housing assistance. Also, StudyLink can provide you more details on income as you prepare to study, during, and after your studies.
Transportation and Accommodation
Carey’s campus is nearest the Ellerslie train station. Using public transport is easiest with a pre-paid AT HOP card, which you can purchase from Auckland Transport at at.govt.nz.
Carey does not provide accommodation, and all students are responsible for any personal expenses such as travel, medical and personal insurance, stationary, food, accommodation, and other personal need-related costs incurred during study at Carey.
If you plan to relocate to study on-site, requiring long-term accommodation, you can explore options through third parties. Short-term accommodation is available in Ellerslie, Greenlane, Sylvia Park, and other nearby suburbs.
Harassment and Complaints
Carey is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment and has systems and processes in place for addressing your concerns or complaints. We aim to provide the best possible solution for resolving complaints as soon as possible, in an amicable manner which will benefit the interests of everyone involved. As signatories of the Code of Practice, Carey discloses the outcomes of any formal complaints.
To date (February 2023), no formal complaints have been made by students of Carey Baptist College. Any future formal complaints will be logged and outlined on this page.
External Evaluation and Reporting
External Evaluation Review (EER)
In 2020 NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) awarded Carey a Category 1 Education Provider status.
The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice
The NZQA has set out roles and responsibilities for schools like Carey to support your wellbeing, development, and educational achievement. The code of practice exists to make sure you have the best possible support system while you study here.
Self-Attestation Against the Pastoral Code of Practice
Since the implementation of the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice, Carey has undertaken steps to adhere to NZQA’s requirements.
“At Carey we believe that the God of mission is at work in the world by the Spirit to renew people and places in Christ. Our calling is to equip Christian leaders with the convictions, competencies, and capacity to participate in that mission, bringing gospel renewal in churches and communities across Aotearoa and around the world.”
– John Tucker, Principal