About Kaikoura Link

Te Hā o Mātauranga, Learning in Kaikōura is a place and a plan designed to foster and encourage learning in Kaikōura. Our dream is to create a "go-to" place for Kaikōura residents who want to learn. A place that will promote opportunities, promote conversation around education, and allow space for families to explore together how best to support their aspirations.

We want to facilitate and encourage agencies and individuals to offer learning experiences in Kaikōura, and support people to take up these opportunities. As an outcome, we aim for our families and community to be able to make choices with confidence and optimism. We want to be a community where our default setting is "how can I do this?" or "how can I support you to reach this goal?"- where we focus on the possibilities rather than the barriers. 




We are a registered Charitable Trust - charities number CC38024 and hold Level 3 Social Sector Accreditation.


Sarah Beardmore - Coordinator

With a passion for creating opportunities for learning in Kaikōura, Sarah has worn many hats over the 20 years she has lived in the area: from School Teacher, to Probation Officer, Community Facilitator and Coordinator of the Youth Council, and many stops in between. Sarah's role at the hub is to coordinate - bringing people together who can create opportunities and learn from each other, bringing external agencies to Kaikōura and promoting possibilities and information. Sarah has four sons and lives in Clarence. In her free time she likes to garden, swim and enjoy company of friends and family.

Email sarah@kaikoura.link

Phone 027 807 2874

Vicki Gulleford - Coordinator

Vicki keeps the hub humming by taking care of the everyday things: administration, finances and wrangling printers and PCs. She has lots of useful information and connections that she shares - if you are not sure what you are looking for, Vic can probably sort it! You can usually find her around between 9am and 3pm. Vicki is also a District Councillor for Kaikōura District Council, chairing the District Licencing Committee and is a member of many funding committees. She is a Girl Guide Leader and has lived in Kaikoura for 20 odd years. In her own time, Vicki juggles schedules with her 3 daughters, and enjoys reading and listening to music.

Email vicki@kaikoura.link

Phone 027 564 8407

Mani Columbus - Learning Support Tutor

Mani works with students who are enrolled with Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - The Correspondence School. As a Learning Support Tutor, Mani helps students manage and navigate their Te Kura schoolwork, submit work and keep track of their achievements and credits.

Mani works 20 hours per week, between 9am to 3pm each weekday except Friday


Email mani@kaikoura.link


Sean Madden - Employment Coordinator

Sean works with people and businesses to place job seekers into sustainable employment. We have a target of 50 people into sustainable work by 30 June 2021. To achieve this, Sean engages with job seekers, identifying their strengths and ambitions, connects them with employers and provides ongoing support to ensure they achieve sustainable employment. Part of this role is working out with the employer what support they need to take on a new staff member. We can support in different ways including giving information, advice, financial assistance, training and in work support. Sean generally works 8am - 5pm weekdays.

Email sean@kaikoura.link

Phone 027 372 2248


Rosie Poharama-Hepi - Youth Employability Facilitator

Rosie is employed 20 hours per week to cover Youth Employability & Career Exploration, delivering soft skills training for employment, placing clients into work experience, delivering work exploration and volunteer opportunities. This role will also work alongside Kaikōura High School to support more opportunities for students still at school to engage in career exploration.

You can reach Rosie on rosie@kaikoura.link or 027 371 9240

Renee Wood - Driving Coordinator

Renee is employed 20 hours per week as our Driving Coordinator, providing support and removing barriers to gaining driver licences. This includes teaching the learner licence theory, supporting clients to book and travel out of town for their restricted and full tests, organising defensive driving courses and setting up a community driver mentor programme.

You can reach Renee on renee@kaikoura.link or 027 201 7638

Elbie Burnett - Youth Coach

Elbie is our Youth Coach and Youth Development Worker. She is working through a Careerforce Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) Community Facilitation strand specialising in Youth Work!

Outside of work Elbie is a mad cat lover, frequently bringing her kitten Chip to youth groups!

Laila Harnett - Admin

Laila is our newest admin person! She is busy in the background helping to keep everything running smoothly. She also helps Elbie with Lateral Youth Group most Friday nights. 

email laila@kaikoura.link

Education Advocates

Our team of three wahine are working together to create an education advocate role that will support whanau to support their rangatahi in their learning journey.

From left - Maryanne Madden, Maree Bublitz, Dayna Hawke

email maryanne@kaikoura.link
phone 027 333 4589

email maree@kaikoura.link
phone 021 137 6314

email dayna@kaikoura.link
phone 027 324 5596

Rob Roche - Driving Instructor

Our Qualified Driving Instructor, Robby Roche, has a passion for helping people to achieve a goal! He works with each person to assess their current driving skills and knowledge, putting together a structured lesson plan and working through this with them. 

Rob is achieving some great outcomes with participants passing their full and restricted licences. 

Pete Fey - Community Shed

Pete is the master of creativeness, a bloke with a true "number 8 wire" skill base! Pete is generally around on Wednesdays where he volunteers in the Community Shed, helping others with projects, repairs and general shed activities.

He also runs a Tuesday group with young people, helping them build projects.

Darryl McRobie - Community Shed

Darryl brings skills from his past life as a roadie, lighting and sound engineer to our community shed. He can generally be found on a Thursday at the shed, and is happy to help young and not so young with projects.

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