Who we are

We are a small dedicated team, with a strong focus on providing a quality robust service.  Our Vision is to work collaboratively with students at the University of Waikato to empower individuals with impairments to reach their goals and achieve their full academic potential. The team at Accessibility Services are members of ACHIEVE, a national network established to ensure equal opportunity and access to post-secondary education and training for people with impairments.

Meet the team

Cara Tate - Manager

In March of 2018, Cara joined the Disability Support Service at the University of Waikato. As the team grew and in consultation with students, stake holders and staff the name of the service was changed to Accessibility Services to reflect the movement of the services now available.

In her role as Manager, Cara is responsible for facilitating and maintaining an environment where students experiencing a disability, or an impairment that impacts on their ability to study, can access equitable opportunities to reach their goals and achieve their full academic potential.

In addition, Cara holds a Certificate in Health Sciences and a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy and maintains an Annual Practicing Certificate.

Terry Johnston - Accessibility Advisor

Terry brings many years of experience working with and supporting people, from the youth to the elderly. Terry has a holistic approach to wellness and is passionate about seeing people thrive and succeed.

Cori Poimatagi - Accessibility Advisor

Cori comes with years of experience supporting disadvantaged youth, adults and whanau move toward achieving their goals and improved mental well-being. Cori believes in creating an enabling environment for students to support with their learning and also empowering them to access supports on campus. Cori is also a registered Occupational Therapist.