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, 

we have grown from humble beginnings into a provider of over 400 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. 


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





Sally Davis

Lead Programme Coordinator


Sally is also from the States and she has recently moved from Dunedin after completing her studies in Sociology and Spanish. She is very excited to be working in a field she is passionate about!

Rosie Jerard

Programme Coordinator


Rosie joined Recreate September 2020 and she comes with a recently earnt Bachelor in Sustainability and Outdoor Education. Rosie grew up in Christchurch, and she is passionate about getting outside, surfing and tramping!  

Holly Stokes

Programme Coordinator


 Hamilton-based Holly is excited to lead programmes as a facilitator in the Waikato. She comes to Recreate with volunteering experience and she is also completing her studeis at the University of Waikato. 

Sophie McLaughlan 

Lead Programme Coordinator


With a passion for both people and adventures, Sophie is excited to combine the two and deliver fun programmes for the Bay of Plenty!

Emma Dalton

Programme Coordinator


Emma has joined Recreate from being an amazing volunteer with the right stuff! Emma is studying Sociology and she is looking forward to getting out and about in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, and to doing it with some amazing people!

Jasmine Davey

Programme Coordinator

As of July this year, Jasmine has joined us in Auckland as a facilitator as well as some office-based work. jasmine has already achieved so much and she is well part of the team!

Sarah Mauer

Programme Coordinator

Sarah has been part of our Recreate community for a while as a volunteer. She has recently graduated from Victoria University and is now back in Auckland coordinating our Holiday programme and Urban events with Damien

Grace Cussell

ADSA Programme Coordinator

After many years as a volunteer and facilitator, Grace coordinates our ADSA Social Club, Mothers Retreats, Junior Getaways and Junior Adventure Weekends.

Damien Ducloux

Programme Coordinator

Fresh from graduating in Bachelor of Arts at AUT which included an internship with us, Damien is now the Holiday Programme and Urban coordinator in Auckland alongside Sarah

Danielle Moore

Programme and Volunteer Coordinator 

Dani first met Recreate through her AUT placement, and now she is a core part of the team. Dani oversees a range of Adventure Programmes, Getaways, Short Breaks and volunteers

Sheridan Jackson

Head of Moxie and Lead Programme Coordinator

Sheridan came to us through an AUT placement in 2014, and is now heading up Moxie, Our Harvest, Youth Camps, Internships and volunteers with Dani

Sarah Ferens

Moxie Employer Liason

Funding Manager

Sarah has been involved with Recreate over the years through various programmes, and we are so pleased to have her part of our Moxie team. She will be aiming to grow our network of employers who can work with the amazing Moxie participants

Martina Post 

Programme Coordinator

Martina completed her AUT internship with Recreate during 2017. She now oversees some Adventures, Short Breaks, Life Skills and Getaways

Brent Jenkin

General Manager

An enthusiastic outdoorsman on the track and the seas. Brent has just celebrated 10 incredible years as the General Manager of Recreate NZ.

Alana Omundsen

National Accounts Manager

After spending some time overseas Alana has returned back to New Zealand, based in Auckland and she oversees all finances throughout our four regions.

Lisa Wenzel

Regional Accounts Manager

Lisa has arrived at Recreate from Germany via Australia, and is hugely passionate about helping people live the best lives they can. Lisa oversees the office operations and regional accounts as well as facilitating programmes.

Matt Alpe

National Programmes Coordinator

Matt has over 9 years’ experience with Recreate from volunteer, facilitator and now National programmes Coordinator overseeing all programmes and coordinators

"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


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. 

Craig Wheatley


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.

Ezekiel Robson

Deputy Chair

Ezekiel looks forward to contributing his disability sector strategic advocacy experience, to help youth with disabilities to further achieve their dreams.

Sue Small


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

Carol Chouhfeh


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

Heather Alford


Queens Service Medal recipient after many years in the disability sector, Heather is still as passionate about Recreate as ever.

Holly Sutich


Holly is immensely proud to be a part of Recreate and the amazing work that makes a difference in the lives of youth. She has communications, events and marketing experience.

Helen Cussell


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

Trevor Lowe


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

Rob Byrne


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

Our Locations

There's hardly a part of beautiful Aotearoa that we haven't explored with participants! Recreate NZ operates out of three locations, and runs programmes for clients in the Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty & Canterbury 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 or Bay of Plenty/Waikato offices - See below.



48 Windmill Road


Auckland 1023

P: +64 09 638 5364




Mt Eden

Auckland 1349

New Zealand

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