Life Changing Experiences for young people with Disabilities.

Since 2002 Recreate NZ has been providing outstanding social and recreational services to the disability community of Auckland. Now also serving Christchurch, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Wellington,

we have grown from humble beginnings into a provider of over 500 programmes each year.

 

With four exciting programme streams consisting of ten different programme types ranging from ½ day to 6 days in length, we have plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy. 

REGISTER

OUR STAFF

Recreate is run by a team of dedicated staff who all bring different skills, interests and personalities to the table. 

AUCKLAND

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Josephine Siggaard
Moxie Employer Liaison
josephine@recreate.org.nz
moxie@recreate.org.nz

Josephine is part of the Moxie team, responsible for partnering with employers with our work placements.

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Georgia Mae Moloney
Programme Coordinator
georgiamae@recreate.org.nz

George made the move up from Christchurch to Auckland, after
graduating with a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

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Jesse Petersen
Moxie Coordinator
jesse@recreate.org.nz

Jesse has a bachelor of Human Services with a major in disability studies and is excited to join the team as the Our Harvest Product Coordinator.

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Quynh Hoang
Programme Coordinator
quynh@recreate.org.nz
 

Quynh is from the UK and has recently joined Recreate. She comes with a Bachelor of Psychology and is excited to oversee Holiday Programmes, Urbans and Short Breaks

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Krystal Wright
Life Skills Coordinator
krystal@recreate.org.nz

Krystal comes from a background in youth work and is also studying for her Masters. Krystal loves working with young people by providing meaningful learning opportunities on Life Skills.

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Cayleigh Torkler
Programme Facilitator

Cayleigh has spent a great amount of days on our Moxie programmes as a safe a reliable volunteer, and we are thrilled to now see her in a facilitator role in Auckland.

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Mitchell Hartnett-Newlands
Vehicle Valet

Mitchell has attended Recreate programmes for over 10 years, and is very happy to be part of the operations team as Vehicle Valet.

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Nicholas Leggat
Vehicle Valet

Nicholas Leggat has been a part of Moxie Orchard teams for a few years, and has progressed into employment with Recreate as Vehicle Valet.

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Imogen Dobbs
Head Office Cleaner

Imogen loves Recreate, especially the Girls Club and other Urbans! Imogen brings fun, energy and positive vibes to the office.

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William Eady
Head Office Cleaner

William has progressed from junior through to youth programmes, and loves everything Recreate related. William brings a diligence and attention to detail to his role in the head office as a cleaner.

BAY OF PLENTY

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Sophie McLaughlan 
National Programmes Coordinator
BAY OF PLENTY
sophie@recreate.org.nz

With Sheridan now on maternity leave, Sophie proudly gains the title of National Programmes Coordinator. based in the Bay of Plenty. Sophie brings a great amount of experience, insight and diligence to this role, and she loves to see Recreate grow and thrive.

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Alex Charette
Programme Coordinator
Currently on annual leave

BAY OF PLENTY
alex@recreate.org.nz

Alex started as a volunteer
and then casual facilitator for
Recreate in the Bay of Plenty.
Now she is on board as a
Programme Coordinator.

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Fleur Van Lieshout 
Programme Coordinator
BAY OF PLENTY
fleur@recreate.org.nz

Originally from the Netherlands, Fleur is proud to call Aotearoa home for the last two years now. With a background in tourism, Fleur is very passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for young people.

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Nicola Keyworth
Funding Officer
BAY OF PLENTY
nicola@recreate.org.nz

Before parenting her lovely two kids, Nicola was the National Programmes Coordinator for many years. Now living in Tauranga, Nicola works alongside Sarah on funding.

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Earl Fisher
Vehicle Valet

Earl has recently completed his Moxie work experience programme, and has subsequently successfully gained employment as Vehicle Valet in the Bay

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Sally Davis
Lead Programme Coordinator
CHRISTCHURCH
sally@recreate.org.nz

Sally is from the States and she has recently completed her studies in Psychology and Spanish. She is very excited to be working in a field she is passionate about!

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Rosie Jerard

Programme Coordinator

CHRISTCHURCH

rosie@recreate.org.nz

Rosie comes with a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education. She is passionate about our youth and looks forward to growing Recreate in Christchurch.

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Emma Dalton
Programme Coordinator
CHRISTCHURCH 
emma@recreate.org.nz

After almost two years in our Bay of Plenty office, Emma has made the move to Christchurch. Emma is excited to be part of our southern region and to form relationships with their amazing community of youth and their families. 

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Lily Wheeler
Programme Coordinator
CHRISTCHURCH 
lily@recreate.org.nz

Lily joined Recreate back in 2017 in the Waikato before moving to Christchurch to work in the nursing field. We are so thrilled that she has returned to a Programme Coordinator role and is fully involved with Recreate Christchurch.

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Danielle Watson
Programme Coordinator
CHRISTCHURCH 
daniellew@recreate.org.nz

Danielle has just finished her degree in psychology and creative writing this year and has also spent the last few years competing in sprint kayaking for New Zealand. Danielle is very excited to be part of Recreate in Christchurch!

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Holly Stokes
Lead Programme Coordinator
WAIKATO
holly@recreate.org.nz

 Hamilton-based Holly is excited to be the Programme Coordinator and Facilitator for the Waikato region. She is passionate about youth, hamilton and seeing people make meaningful connections. 

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Sarah Stokes
Programme Coordinator
WAIKATO
sarahs@recreate.org.nz

Sarah is studying at Waikato University, completing her Bachelors in Sport and Human Performance.. Sarah has been volunteering with Recreate for over 2 years and she is very excited to be more involved by taking on this role!

WELLINGTON

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Holly Graves
Lead Programme Coordinator
WELLINGTON
hollyg@recreate.org.nz

Holly has returned to Recreate after being a volunteer a few years ago. Holly is currently studying Health Science and is super excited to be jumping on board in Wellington and working in the industry she is passionate about!

CHRISTCHURCH

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Emma Mudgway
Office Manager and Onboarding Coordinator
emmam@recreate.org.nz
volunteering@recreate.org.nz 

Emma oversees the Head Office management, Auckland volunteers and new participant’s onboarding, as well as Life Skills Coordination.

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Sarah Mauer
Lead Programme Coordinator
AUCKLAND

sarahm@recreate.org.nz

Sarah has been part of our community as a volunteer and now Lead Programme Coordinator for Auckland. She oversees Special Events as well as Holiday Programmes and Urbans.

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Annabelle Webster
Programme Coordinator
annabelle@recreate.org.nz

Annabelle has recently joined Recreate after graduating in Law and Arts at Victoria University. Annabelle brings energy, inclusion and a real eagerness to get involved in everything Recreate!

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Amal Adam
Programme Coordinator
amal@recreate.org.nz

Originally from Australia, Amal studied psychology in Melbourne. She started off as an intern at Recreate, then a volunteer and now is a Programme Coordinator!

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Ireland Grater

Programme Coordinator

ireland@recreate.org.nz

Ireland is originally from
Christchurch, and she has been completing her internship through
Recreate and loved it so much she is here to stay!

Brent Jenkin - General Manager

Brent Jenkin

General Manager

brent@recreate.org.nz

An enthusiastic outdoorsman on the track and the seas. Brent has just celebrated 11 incredible years as the General Manager of Recreate NZ.

Sheridan Jackson
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Sandra Dang
National Accounts Manager
sandra@recreate.org.nz

Sandra finished a New Zealand Diploma in Business – Accounting in 2021 and joins Recreate to oversee the accounts in Auckland. 

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Sophie McLaughlan
National Programmes Coordinator
sophie@recreate.org.nz

With Sheridan now on maternity leave, Sophie proudly gains the title of National Programmes Coordinator. based in the Bay of Plenty. Sophie brings a great amount of experience, insight and diligence to this role, and she loves to see Recreate grow and thrive.

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Matt Alpe
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
matt@recreate.org.nz

Matt has over 10 years of experience with Recreate from volunteer, facilitator, National Programmes Coordinator and now in the Marketing role and senior leadership.

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Sarah Ferens
Head of Moxie
Funding Officer  sarahf@recreate.org.nz
funding@recreate.org.nz
moxie@recreate.org.nz

Sarah heads up Moxie, and she also seeks funding for our programmes by creating meaningful relationships with our funders and within the disability  community. 

 
 
 
 
 

WAIKATO

"Just came back from the Mother’s Retreat’ weekend and had to write to you to thank you sooooo much. Can’t rate the weekend enough! It was wonderful! Everything about it was fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed all the sessions, the relaxation, the sharing with other mother’s, the food and venue – fantastic!  Can’t WAIT for the next one!" - Linda

Governance

Recreate NZ is a registered charity - CC41375. We are a youth based organisation who believe in young people supporting young people. We do this by enlisting an amazing team of age appropriate staff and volunteers to manage all of our programmes. Recreate NZ is overseen by the following board of trustees, who provide support to the wonderful staff. 

Chair Craig Wheatley

Craig Wheatley

Chair

Craig is proud to be part of Recreate and is committed to using his private sector experience to make a difference to the inspirational youth that we represent.

Treasurer Sue Small

Sue Small
Secretary

Sue is passionate about supporting the extraordinary work of Recreate staff in positively changing the lives of our young people.

Trustee Carol Choufeh

Carol Chouhfeh

Trustee

Carol was Recreates founding Chairperson and is now enjoying the journey as a regular Trustee.

Treasurer Helen Cussell

Helen Cussell

Treasurer

Committed to seeing the disability sector maximise all of the financial opportunities available, Chartered Accountant Helen has recently joined Recreate as treasurer.

Trustee Trevor Lowe

Trevor Lowe

Trustee

Trevor has worked in a variety of public and private sectors as a Chartered Accountant, as well as in the Health and Disability sector. 

Trustee Rob Byrne

Rob Byrne

Trustee

Former operations staff member Rob has extremely valuable experience within many facets of Recreate over the years.

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Dean Duckmanton
Trustee

A proud supporter of the disability sector, Dean hopes to add value to Recreate NZ with experiences in Government, Business & Construction wherever possible

 

Our Locations

There's hardly a part of beautiful Aotearoa that we haven't explored with participants! Recreate NZ operates out of five locations, and we run programmes for clients in the Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury and Wellington regions. We hope to expand further in the near future, so if you live outside of these areas but would love to see Recreate come to your region, drop us line. 

 

To register for our services or to get in touch with our Auckland, Christchurch, Bay of Plenty, Waikato or Wellington offices - See below.

 

Complaints Policy

Recreate NZ offers a robust complaints procedure for participants and families.  

 

If you would like to compliment our people or services, have any concerns, or if you believe that we’ve failed to deliver the quality programmes and/or care that we pride ourselves on, we want to know.

Please contact us at info@recreate.org.nz