Our Team

We are incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated, fun & experienced team working together to make ExpedNZ programmes successful.

We have a creative, positive and supportive team culture that extends beyond the office walls, into our programmes, and into our relationships with our partners and our community.

tramping on a holiday programme in Kahurangi National Park

Management Team

Mark

Mark Bruce-Miller, General Manager

Ngā mihi nui, ko Mark ahau. In 2013 I took on the role as General Manager of ExpedNZ / Whenua Iti Outdoors after 13 years teaching and managing tertiary programmes in both Nelson and Wellington. Over the last 7 years I have enjoyed supporting our team to grow and strengthen our connections to youth across our community, our region, wider New Zealand and now around the world under the banner of Experiential Education New Zealand (ExpedNZ). I am extremely proud of the work we do, the change we are able to inspire and of the fantastic team we work alongside. He aroha whakatō, he aroha ka puta mai - If kindness is sown, then kindness is what you shall receive.

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Liana Crofskey, Education Partnerships Manager

Kia ora. I have had the privilege of working at ExpedNZ / Whenua Iti Outdoors for the last seven years and have been working in the education sector for over sixteen years.  A key focus of the work I have been involved in is creating pathway options for students transitioning from school onto further study or the world of work.  Here at ExpedNZ the focus is broader and deeper, using experiential education to create innovative platforms for young people to experience success. I love the work we do here and the very real and positive impact it has on those that take part in our programmes.

Nettie Stow, Projects & Funding Manager

Tēnā koe, ko Nettie toku ingoa, no Northumberland ahau. I’ve been working at Whenua Iti since 2016 and my highlights are the wonderful people and communities who support, participate in and co-design the programmes we deliver. Each group and individual bring their own unique character and knowledge to add further depth and richness to the Whenua Iti kaupapa and whānau. Ahakoa he iti he pounamu – Whenua Iti is small (with a huge impact!) and to the people who know it, it is very precious.

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Ross Morton, Safety & Programme Manager

Kia ora, I have been extremely fortunate to have worked within the field of Outdoor Education since the early 90s and have had the privilege of serving in several senior leadership roles throughout the world. My professional journey brought me to ExpedNZ / Whenua Iti Outdoors in 2015 where I have been responsible for overseeing programme safety and operations. I have been constantly impressed and inspired by both the professionalism of our team and the willingness of the students to engage in impactful experiential learning that achieves positive change in individuals and in the communities from which they come. I love my job and the work we do here!

Ruth Buchanan

Ruth Buchanan, Office Manager

Kia ora, I started working at ExpedNZ / Whenua Iti Outdoors in 2016 and have loved every minute of it. I bring 20 years office and administration experience to my role. I really value what our organisation stands for and am proud to be a part of the team.

"Professional beyond the call of duty." Parent

"The tutors are of the highest standard and I know that at any point I could go to them for support or advice."
Past Student

"They focus on much more than the curriculum to include building up of confidence, self-worth etc and this has resulted in a number of students 'turning the corner' in their learning and development"
Student Co-ordinator

Educator Team

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Johnny Johnson

Senior Instructor

Jo Dawson, Instructor

Jo Dawson

Instructor

Charlie Martin, Senior Instructor

Charlie Martin

Senior Instructor

Mike Elkington , Kaiako

Mike Elkington

Kaiako - Kaiārahi

Instructor

Rachel Baker

Instructor

Wendy Ford

Garrick Ferguson

Instructor

Kathryn Bunckenburg

Kathryn Bunckenburg

Instructor

Christopher Gilbertson (Gilby)

Christopher Gilbertson (Gilby)

Instructor

Lucy Crozier

Lucy Crozier

Instructor

Lara Hania

Lara Hania

Kaiako

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Linda Heath

Instructor

Logan Laws

Logan Laws

Instructor

Joni Tomsett

Instructor

Keiran Winitana

Keiran Winitana

Instructor

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Andrew Read

Instructor

Steffen Poepjes

Steffen Poepjes

Instructor

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!

Office & Base Team

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Bree Arnott

Marketing & Communications
Lead

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Dana Carter

Nature Connection Project Lead

Lacey

Lacey Rogers 

Marketing & Team Administrator

Mo Erni Office Administrator ExpedNZ

Mo Erni

Bookings and Project Administrator

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Delyth Logan

Quality & Curriculum Lead

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Kelvin Martin

Caretaker

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Chelsea Cannell

Projects & Funding Coordinator

Amy Dalton

Quality & Curriculum Lead

Carolyn Neal, Support Staff

Carolyn Neal

Caretaker

Emma

Emma Gray

Bookings & Project Administrator

Mandy Noble, Accounts

Mandy Noble

Accounts Administrator

Lucy Carver

Lucy Carver

Projects & Funding Coordinator

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