Chief Executive, based in Invercargill. I first trained to be a primary school teacher and taught for 9 years before retraining as a psychologist. I’ve been working as part of the Adventure Development team since 1997. I am married and have two children. I love tramping and the outdoors and will give pretty much any adventurous activity a crack with varying degrees of success. I’m also into singing and playing the guitar and thankfully these don’t normally involve injury to me or anyone else.
Counsellor, Service Leader and Executive Leadership Team member based in Dunedin. I started with ADC in 1998, arriving with a Masters in Education, endorsed in Counselling.I used to spend all my free hours Kayaking and Mountain biking but now has had these obsessions moderated by two stunning boys, who I happily parent with my wife.
I have my dream job! Working alongside young people and sometimes getting out of the office for an outdoor adventure. I am not an outdoorsy type really, more a fair weather lover of the outdoors. I love tramping (if it’s not raining), sea kayaking (if it’s not windy), swimming (if it’s sunny), biking (if it’s not uphill), rock climbing (if I’m feeling fit and strong) and running (never!!!). A few years ago, I trained as a counsellor at Otago Polytechnic and then was lucky enough to get a scholarship through Matua Raki to do a post graduate certificate alcohol and other drug studies at Auckland University. I love living in sunny Dunedin with my awesome partner and my cute as a button boy James.
I am a born and bred true Otagoite and have been known to be quite one-eyed about my province, especially in regards to sport. I came to Adventure Development in 2006, after working in Administration and then teaching in the Learning Centre at Otago Youth Wellness Trust for a total of 5 years working with youth at risk, so working at ADL has been really great. I live with my wonderful partner and my turtle, Houdini. My two great, busy, sporting & expensive children have both now left home and are still enjoying the outdoors.
Hello. I was born in Invercargill (great place) and went on to study Occupational Therapy in Otago, I worked for a number of years at the Otago Youth Wellness Trust before moving back to Invercargill to work in mental health for CAFS (Child, Adolescent and Family Service). I joined the Adventure Development team in 2010. I work with young people in Oamaru, Balclutha and Dunedin. I love kayaking down rivers, sea kayaking, surfing, fishing, sailing, playing guitar and running. One of my favorite places in the world is Stewart Island.
Kia ora tatou.
Nga mihi aroha tenei kia koutou i roto i te kaupapa ki te awhina tangata tu rangatira ai.
I greet you in your search to find a service and worker who could support you or a family member.
E kore te tangata e korero mo tona ake reka engari he parereka tenei no te tairawhiti.
Ko Whetu matarau to Maunga
Ko Karaka tu whero te Awa
Ko Paerouta te Marae
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
I descend from the East Coast town of Te Araroa but grew up mainly in the South Island. I’ve always been one of only a few Maori people through school, university and in my work. However, I’m deeply involved in Maori activities, and pursuing traditional knowledge and skills. He mana maori mana motuhake.
I have three beautiful children and we are always busy living an active life and enjoy ourselves. Our latest fun includes biking (off road and very muddy), mau rakau, taiaha (traditional Maori martial arts) and we are looking forward to surfing as a family. We love cooking (and eating (lots)).
I’ve experienced many things in my life and I work hard as I believe everyone should have a great life.
Tama Tu Tama Ora, Tama Noho Tama Mate.
Make the most of life. Mauri Ora
Kia Ora Tatou. I’m an Inver’s girrrrl who now lives in Dunedin, near beautiful Warrington beach with my awesome family of ten ‐ 1 husband, 2 children, 1 dog, 1 cat, 3 bantams and 3 quails! I studied Community and Family Studies at Otago, minoring in Maori studies and went on to complete a post graduate diploma in Social Work. I love many things diverse and cultural, especially people, music, stories, art, clothing, and crafts! I also love being out in nature, I’m at my happiest when I’m swimming, tramping, running, dancing or just being mindful in the outdoors. I’m passionate about honouring and supporting the wellbeing and rights of people, animals and the environment. I have been working with young people and their families at The Otago Youth Wellness Trust for the past 9 nine years. I’m keen to try new things, and I’m now excited about expanding my work with Adventure Development and you!
My name’s Abbie, I was born in Dunedin and have been here ever since. I have a degree in Counselling and I am currently doing a post grad cert in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies through The University of Auckland. I am doing my work-based placement at Adventure Development Dunedin and I am the Youth Consumer Advisor here too. My role is to represent the young people that use our service and help to better service delivery for them. When I am not working or studying, I love to hang out with my family and friends, be active (gym, run, watersports) and play the guitar.
I run ADL programmes out of Alexandra, and cover Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes District. I spent numerous years working in the outdoors before training as a Counsellor. I continue to enjoy the energy of young people and get a buzz out of seeing them enjoy the good stuff the outdoors has to offer. Strangely, I still like to jump into freezing cold water. You would think I would have learnt by now.
I am the ADL worker covering the Queenstown area. I live in Clyde, an awesome location for endless mountain bike tracks and not too far down the road can escape into the hills to go tramping or skiing in the winter. I grew up in Mosgiel and trained as an Occupational Therapist at Otago Polytechnic. I have enjoyed many years of working as an Occupational Therapist walking along side people to overcome the challenges they face.
Psychologist and Service Leader. We have two children so when I’m not taxi-ing them around town I enjoy reading, dance, gardening, eating chocolate and going to the gym. Well actually I’m not so keen on the gym but if I want to eat chocolate then.....Anyway… I am a proud Southlander and I really do think Southlanders “have got what it takes” (this is the Southland motto for those of you from out of town).
I am a social worker who really enjoys working with young people and the energy they bring to the work we do together. Becoming a Mum and having two gorgeous boys has certainly helped me to recognize how lucky I am here.
I'm from Dunedin and enjoying life in Invercargill with my wife and two kids. I'm a fan of getting out and about on missions outside whenever I can with our dog Rupert.
I was born in Mosgiel, Dunedin, but have been in Southland for twelve years. I live in Otatara with my husband, daughter and our cairns terrier dog, Rusty. I enjoy gardening, walking, and travelling.
Here at ADL, I am the Information Technology Service Leader. I have now been at ADL for 10 years and have seen many changes in relation to IT. We started off small and local, moved to terminal server, transitioned to a local Cloud Data Centre and am now fully O365 functional. Ensuring staff have access to IT when they are both in the office and out in the field is of high importance here at ADL. I am also the Administrator and Data Quality Analyst for our Client Management System. One thing about working at ADL, we are always on the move to keep up to date with the latest technology and ensure the best possible connectivity and data sharing options are available to all of our staff no matter which part of the lower South Island they are located. I have lived in Otatara, Invercargill all my life. I am married with two sons who are both currently working towards their degrees at Southern Institute of Technology. I enjoy walking, craft, mountain biking and spending time with my family.
I am a social worker new to Adventure Development. I have moved to Invercargill from Pukekohe in the North Island. I enjoy tramping, sailing and travelling and love to share my passion for the outdoors with others especially young people. I delight in working with young people and their families to make positive change in their lives.
I grew up in Timaru and have lived in Geraldine for 12yrs. I have two beautiful children. I love my bikes, books and mates. The arts are a great source of pleasure and solace for me. I completed my social work qualification long distance via Otago uni. I have begun a Masters of Social Welfare. My work experience includes: mental health work in residential, community and drop-in settings. Lots of parenting programmes’; stopping violence programmes for men and case work with individuals and families. I really cherish being able to play a part in our cultural marae-based Journeys here at ADL.
Brief intervention services leader. I am a born and bred Southlander. After finishing my Occupational Therapy Degree in Dunedin I decided to venture a little further north to Timaru. For the following four years I worked for an acute mental health setting. I have been working for Adventure Development since 2011 and love seeing the resourcefulness and resilience within youth in our community.
I came to ADL from a finance background, but have always had an interest in young people – having 3 teenage daughters means I have a vested interest! I look after everything admin related in our busy Timaru office. Outside of work I’m an enthusiastic sideline supporter of our daughters many sporting codes, have recently discovered adventure racing and support my husband in running our own business. Having gone to school in Timaru it’s great to be back and discovering the area with fresh eyes and appreciating all the amazing opportunities it has to offer.
Intensive services leader. I’m a born and bred Wellingtonian, and have now adopted South Canterbury as my home where I live with my partner and two wee cherubs. I studied occupational therapy, with a side of outdoor reaction and leadership, topped with a post-graduate certificate in health science (alcohol/drug and mental health). I love a good adventure (as long as it’s land-based!), and find constant inspiration in working alongside young people.
I’m stoked to be an AoD/MH clinician in South Canterbury. I spent a good chunk of my life here when I was young so it’s sweet to be able to come back and join such an awesome team. I’ve been living in Dunedin for the last 8 years where I studied psychology and counselling and have worked in mental health, youth work and education settings. My passion is in working with young people to find hope and new ways of meeting challenges. I am regularly impressed by the resourcefulness and resiliency of young people and I feel like I learn something from everyone I have the honour to work with.
Outside of work I love exploring beautiful places with my partner and our two children; going to beaches, hiking, running and riding bikes and playing a bit of sport. It will be awesome to reacquaint myself with this place and the exciting adventures on offer.
Having left my home town of Dunedin I have settled here in Timaru upon completing my sociology and social work degrees. I’m stoked to work for Adventure Development as I can now do what I enjoy all day every day! I really like water sports and biking so if I’m not at work you will often find me behind a pair of oars or some handle bars. I love working with young people in order to help them achieve their goals as well as gain some strength and empowerment for themselves – while having fun!
I have been a youth worker in Timaru for the last 3 years and have a heart for the amazing young people in this region. Working for adventure development combines my passion for the outdoors and my desire to see young people reach their full potential. I have lived in a bunch of different places and travelled to a lot of developing countries, and continue work supporting various charities in Asia. I had a career in Fashion and Design before studying and pursuing a career in Youth work. Absolutely love exploring our beautiful country, hiking, trail running, snowboarding or whatever mission lies ahead.
Kia ora koutou. I grew up in Southland, but am now in Timaru (after living in Christchurch, Tauranga and Thailand). I have a deep respect for the environment and love tramping and camping in the beautiful outdoors of New Zealand. I love the amazing scenery we have and am stoked to live in a place where I can see the sea while I commute cycle to work, and the mountains as I ride home again. When I’m not in the outdoors, I’m often in my beanbag reading a blog or book or listening to a podcast, while drinking a cup of fruit tea. I am stoked that I get to go into the outdoors with young people as a job!! Can it get better than this??!!