General Manager

 

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Clive McArthur

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.


Dunedin + Otago

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Scott Blair

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.

 

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Ben Wood

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.   

 

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Vicky Totoro

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

 

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Emma Robertson

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. 

 

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Hazel Cunliffe

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!

 

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Katherine Chapman

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

 

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Mary Milne

I originate from the Midwest of America but put down 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. 

 

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Willow Macdonald

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.

 

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Elena Holdaway

 

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Tim Gosling

 

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Hayley Griffiths

 

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Larissa Smith

 

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Chrissy Curd

 

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Kodie Vincent

 

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Tina Moir

 

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Alice Stocker

 

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Molly Ellis

 

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Warren Scott

 

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Rosa Cameron
 

 


 

Central Otago / Queenstown Lakes District

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Stefan Petersohn

 

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Julie Scurr

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.  

 

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Malcolm Creagh

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.

 

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Fiona Brown

 

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Laura Clarke

 

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Grace Fairhall
 

 


 

Southland

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Clive McArthur

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.

 

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Carol McArthur

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).

 

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Sarah Warren

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.

 

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Samara Henry

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!

 

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Su O'Hara

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 and jewellery.

 

 

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Kelly Mills

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.

 

 

 

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Mark Tuapou

 

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Caroline Schopfer

 

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Anna Bragg

 

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Annie Cairns

 

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Hannah Struthers

 

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Jason Hodge
 

 


 

South Canterbury

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Julie Blair

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.

 

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Rebecca Dobbs

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.

 

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Nic Kruize

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.

 

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Maree Dobson

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.

 

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Cinthia Englisch

I’m a Registered Social Worker in the Timaru Clinical Team. Born and raised in the beautifully cold Chilean Patagonia, I moved to this amazing country in 2007. I feel privileged to work with amazing young people, to be able to share and witness part of their journey, it truly is one of the best things in life. When I'm not working I enjoy spending most of my free time with friends and family, reading a good book, admiring everything cultural/artistic or learning a new craft - pottery and shoe making are on my current wish list and I cannot wait!

 

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Matalei Mohuanga

Born and raised in the capital city, I have always been in roles that were mainly about helping people as it is my nature but when you grow up with a mum who specialised in palliative care, it was easy for me to determine what path I was going to take in life after seeing her empathy, kindness and resolve. As a Community Support Worker I get to watch young people I am working with grow confidence, develop new skills, build on those they already have then come to the realisation that we’re all on this journey together. In my spare time I love to be with my family and have recently got into mountain biking. I love watching sports in the weekend and support the Canberra Raiders in League and the mighty Hurricanes in rugby!

 

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Carly Halkett

I've moved back to NZ after a rather extended period of time working in Central Australia within the Child and Youth Mental Health Team based in Alice Springs. Prior to that I was working in Timaru at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Its great coming back to the familiarity of Timaru and reconnecting with family and friends.  I feel so privileged  to be walking alongside families and young people at times of greater vulnerability. I bring with me such respect and hope for families and young people on their own journeys and look forward to being part of a team that builds on such. My family and I are all very active, busy people and love being out running, biking, climbing, jumping or playing with a ball (rugby, netball, basketball) mostly. I absolutely adore being a mum to my two boys. They have made me a better clinician for sure and have allowed me to inject a different aspect of me both professionally and personally into my work.

 

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Gemma O'Connor

I was born in Timaru and have lived here mostly my entire life and I have chosen this to be the place where I raise my own family. I grew up in an old villa with neighbours who always had open doors and this will forever be cherished. Alongside being a mother for almost 14 years I've always worked in roles that provide service to others. This started in Early Childhood Education, primary school teacher aide, home based caregiver, supporting intellectual and physical disability as well as taking those in need in to my home, supporting friends and their children with mental illness and behaviour disorders. Now I get to work with clients in community settings helping them to face and overcome anxiety and fears. I aim to make sure my clients feel as though they are in a safe environment and are able to take some of those feelings of safety away with them along with a little more confidence each time. I enjoy exploring our surroundings with my whanau, going to rivers and lakes, paddle boarding and taking adventurous drives to new locations. I love to cook and host friends for dinner, settle in the evenings to a good Netflix series or a movie with my children (I am fussy on these though) and bury my head in a good book.

 

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Jess Hope

 

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Malulani Williams

 

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Sarah Jackson

 

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Tracy Keeton