Roanna Tekao Porio

Receptionist/Student Support Officer

Mrs Roanna Porio (nee Tekao) is the newest member of the team having been appointed in April 2021.

Roanna has previously worked as a Receptionist at the Edgewater Resort as well as various Customer Service roles in Australia where she went to High School.

Our Team


Dr Debi Futter-Puati

Campus Director

Dr. Debi Futter-Puati holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (2017). Prior to joining the University of the South Pacific, Dr. Futter-Puati served as Lecturer in Education at Monash University, Australia as well as University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has served extensively in the field of education as well as working with the Government Ministries in the Cook Islands and civil society organizations.


Tureheni File

Office Manager

Ms. Tureheni File joined the University in May of 2017 after a 9 year tenure at Te Aponga Uira, where she picked up many different skills having worked her way steadily up the ranks. She ended her career at TAU as the Supervisor of the Credit Control department.

Ms. File is a Politics and International Affairs/Education major.


Lavinia Fameitau

Finance Assistant

Ms Lavinia Fameitau is a recent school leaver with an already impressive resume. Employed in May of 2020 Ms. Fameitau has proven to be an extremely diligent and skilled member of the team.

She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with USP Cook Islands.

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Vaine-Tutai Parima

Senior Library Assistant

Ms Vaine-Tutai Parima, commonly known as 'Tai', is a long standing member of the team having worked at USP Cook Islands for most of her professional life, first as Librarian/USPNet Operator in 2001. After some time spent abroad Tai returned to Rarotonga in 2017 and was quickly snatched up by the then Campus Director, Rod Dixon, to have her part of the team at USP Cook Islands again.

Ms. Parima is well qualified in Library and Information Systems and has a Bachelor of Education from Waikato University.


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