Our Team

We are incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated and fun team working together to make Whenua Iti Outdoors the successful organisation that it is today.

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

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Management Team

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Mark Bruce-Miller, General Manager

Ngā mihi nui, ko Mark ahau.  In 2013 I took on the role as General Manager of 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. 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.

Liana Crofskey, Education Partnerships Manager

Liana Crofskey, Education Partnerships Manager

Kia ora. I have had the privilege of working at 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 Whenua Iti 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.

Ross Morton, Safety and Programme Manager

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 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 the Whenua Iti 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!

"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

Charlie Martin, Senior Instructor

Charlie Martin

Senior Instructor

Kathryn Bunckenburg

Kathryn Bunckenburg


Mike Elkington , Kaiako

Mike Elkington

Kaiako - Kaiāraha

Ben Fenselau

Ben Fenselau


Christopher Gilbertson (Gilby)

Christopher Gilbertson (Gilby)



Linda Heath



Andrew Read



Pip Rees



Adrienne Stewart



Darin Sundbye


Joni Tomsett

Joni Tomsett


Jo Dawson, Instructor

Jo Dawson


Rob De Leeuw

Rob De Leeuw



Richard Wilkins

Adventure Therapy Programme Leader

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 Coordinator

Ruth Barnett, Office Team

Ruth Barnett

Finance and Team Coordinator

Amy Dalton, Office Team

Amy Dalton

Education Partnerships Coordinator


Kelvin Martin


Carolyn Neal, Support Staff

Carolyn Neal


Mandy Noble, Accounts

Mandy Noble

Accounts Administrator


Nettie Stow

Project & Funding Co-ordinator

Helen Webster, Food Coordinator

Helen Webster

Food Coordinator

Terressa Zwart, Programmes Co-ordinator

Terressa Zwart

Team Administrator

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Interested in Joining the Team?


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