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!
Kia Ora, I’m Emma and I’m pretty excited to be back home here in Otago and working for Adventure Development’s Dunedin team. I studied Occupational Therapy before working for a few services here in the southern region. I then tiki-toured off overseas for some new work experiences and adventures, before finally deciding it was time to adult it up, and return to my favourite place in the world. I’ve been blessed to have worked in a number of diverse jobs with young people, families and adults. Some of my favourite things to do are mountain biking (with no jumps), watching car racing, walking the dog, never ever running…except when playing sports for fun.
Hello, I grew up in the sunny north island town of Whangarei, spending most of my time at the beach surfing. Over time I have migrated further and further south where I have replaced tree covered hills with mountains, snow and cold water all year round. Now a days I like to spend most of my time out biking up signal hill, sea kayaking, walking my dogs, the odd prank on work mates and eating yummy foods, especially sweet things. I have been with Adventure Development for over 10 years now and enjoy a good laugh and the scope to be innovative in the work that we do.
Kia ora, I am a registered social worker in the Dunedin team. I grew up here in sunny Dunedin and after leaving for a period of time, I have now returned. I love all things adventure so when I’m not at work, I’m often out and about in the surrounding hills on foot or bike, especially if the sun is shining and my backpack is full of food! I enjoy working with young people to help them reach their goals – while having fun!
Hello! I relocated to Dunedin from Colorado, where I did my professional training in Mental Health Counselling. I have a passion for working with young people, especially regarding wellbeing and mental wellness. I love spending time in the outdoors in whatever way I can, and I am trying to spend lots of time exploring New Zealand. Some of my other favourite activities are reading and cooking
I originate from the Midwest of America but put done roots in New Zealand in 2003 to join my New Zealander husband. I completed my training (including a Masters Degree in Social Work) in Chicago and have worked in child and adolescent mental health and counselling for over 15 years. I work in the Thrive Service at Adventure Development and have the privilege of being able to work alongside young people and their whanau to support wellness. Favourite activities include family walks in the bush, baking, and arts and crafts.
Operations Manager based in Dunedin. I joined Adventure Development in early 2018, having previously worked for the University of Otago, Southern DHB, and the Ministry of Health. I am thrilled to be working with a skilled team of people who are truly passionate about making a difference for young people and their whānau. In my homelife I enjoy exploring Otago’s beautiful scenery with my husband and our two daughters.
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.
I was born in NZ however, lived and worked in Australia for many years where I completed my psychology degree and, over the past 15 years or so, have worked in many varied psychology fields. My partner and 3 awesome boys moved back to NZ 4 years ago and we are all enjoying living here and being part of the NZ lifestyle. I enjoy hiking, camping, skiing and yoga or just sitting around reading a good book. I enjoy working with young people and am humbled to spend a brief moment in time working alongside them, to help encourage them to be the best versions of themselves that they can be.
Registered Counselling Psychologist and Service Leader. Southland is home to me and I love the big sky, the easy access to bush , rivers and the ocean and the great people here. I am married with two awesome children (and a cat).
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 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.
Kia ora, I am a social worker who is lucky enough to work in the Invercargill office of Adventure Development. I love working with young people and enjoy adventuring all round the lower South Island.
This Maori proverb summarizes my passion for the work that I do:
He aha te mea nui o te ao What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
Nga Mihi Aroha Ki a Koutou, Ko wai au (Who am I?) Ko Papata te maunga Ko Taikerau te awa Ko Ngapuhi te iwi Ko Henare toku whanau ingoa Ko Samara toku ingoa No Otepoti raua ko Kaikohe toku kainga No Waihopai toku kainga inianei
Kia ora koutou, my name is Samara and I am a Social Worker. I’m originally from Dunedin but am now enjoying living it up in the deep South of Invercargill! My passions are coaching/ playing both volleyball and softball, surfing and playing the guitar. I have a huge passion for things Maori and enjoy using some of my spare time weaving, carving Pounamu and Oamaru Stone. I love the outdoors and even more so sharing this passion with the young people I work with!
I was born in York in the UK but I’ve been in NZ for around 10 years.I like making things like knitting, baking, jewellery.
I am new to Adventure Development and am a social worker. I love working with young people and I’m super excited to join the team. In my spare time I enjoy anything active; including hockey, basketball, walking and all things gym. I also enjoy reading, card making, board games and spending time in Central Otago.
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.
As a counsellor and the Community Support Work service leader I get to work across a wide range of what Adventure Development offers. I came back home to South Canterbury in 2014 to join this team and it has been a great move for my family, as we are able to enjoy the beach, the bush and the great outdoors by hiking, biking and running. I love working with young people and their families to find new ways of meeting challenges and moving towards those things that are important to them.
I am a support worker at ADL. I get to do a lot of fun stuff with a great bunch of young people..what an amazing job I have! I have 2 children of my own and live in the country with a few pet animals who keep me amused. I have a background in youth work, social work and early childhood. In my free time I have been known to venture off for long bush walks. I love camping, tramping and have recently begun to challenge myself with karate. I also instruct a local zumba® fitness class.
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??!!