Avatar Institute of Learning provides training to the aged care and disability sectors in the Taranaki region.

Why we exist

To contribute to the achievement of national strategic goals by bridging competency gaps in health-based vocational education and training, with a specific focus on older persons’ health and people living with dementia.

Our guiding principles

  • Together we learn
  • Make lemonade out of lemons
  • Stay the distance; don’t give up on what you believe in
  • Have a big vision; even if it is ahead of the current market
  • Don’t settle for mediocrity; never let ‘good enough’ be good enough

What we are about

Residential care




He aha te mea nui a tea o

What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It is people, it is people, it is people

Our aspirational vision

To care for the people

who are caring for the people

who need other people to care for them.


Our mission

To contribute to a working environment in which the vast majority of our care team wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe when they are there, and return home fulfilled at the end of their shift.

Our objectives for vocational education

Lead a genuine learner-centred/employee-focussed approach to learning that aligns with the needs of Aotearoa New Zealand’s residential care and dementia care services. Design and deliver vocational education programmes that reflect the needs of care staff and the people who need their care. Strengthen sustainability and viability through diversification of revenue streams and the reduction of burdensome administration.

Our Team

Pat Wynd
Louise Cummings
Training Manager
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Sheila Murphy
Education Support
Wendy Dombroski
Training Facilitator
Liz Greenbank 3
Liz Greenbank
Training Facilitator
Janet Gibson
CAP Tutor
TJ Gurtej Singh
Student Support - CAP
Dr Nigel Christie
Cultural Awareness Tutor - CAP