Meet The Team

Juliet Duder

Master of Ceremonies

Julz is the Subject Advisor for Physical Education New Zealand.  This role focusses on supporting quality physical education at the secondary level and assessment in NCEA.

Julz is a graduate of the Bachelor of Education in Physical Education degree from the University of Canterbury and has extensive experience teaching and leading Physical Education.

She has most recently been involved in some of the piloting of NCEA standards, does some work for NZQA and has actually had experience with PENZ in the past, doing some review projects, conference organisation and facilitation work. She is most well-known for her enduring Leadership in the Shirley Boys High School PE Department.

We are delighted to have Julz as our conference MC for 2024.

Katie Fitzpatrick

Moderator - Keynote Panel

Katie Fitzpatrick is Head of Te Kura o Te Marautanga me te Ako School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her research and teaching are focused on health and wellbeing education, physical education, sexuality education, mental health education, critical pedagogy, policy, poetic research methods, and critical ethnography.

Mark Mandeno

Keynote Speaker

A little about Mark - In 2015 while teaching my kids to surf I fell off a surfboard into shallow water and received a spinal cord injury. My experience of facing and overcoming obstacles, letting go of attachments to ideas of who I thought I needed to be to be loved and appreciated by others, letting go of dreams and re-creating a whole new sense of meaning and purpose in my life is now part of the story of AdventureWorks. 

I’ve always found the most meaning and purpose and satisfaction in my life when helping other people connect and discover themselves in more healthy and fulfilling ways. This business is my mechanism for living this purpose. Before the injury I was an active adventurer including alpine climbing, rock climbing, kayaking, adventure racing and multi day hikes, I have been teacher in charge of an Outdoor Education programme in a  secondary school  and trained and worked as a counsellor.  It has been a steep but satisfying learning curve going from a teacher of 9 years to a small business owner to learning how to live as a quadriplegic. But there is no such thing as an easy life. Either we are actively working on the edges of ourselves and continually and intentionally act towards meaningful and purposeful living or we are going backward


Meet The Team

Amorangi Apaapa

Amorangi comes from Te Moutere o Matakana and the western slopes of Weraiti, Okauia. Amorangi has worked as an outdoor guide and instructor around Aotearoa. He has also taught at a tertiary level in the past lecturing outdoor students in 'tikanga in the outdoors'. He currently runs mātauranga Māori wānanga for teachers around the country on behalf of EONZ, giving deeper understanding and knowledge of how we can weave whakaaro Māori into how we are teaching the next generation.

Jean Allen

PANELIST - bio to follow shortly

Tom Arps

Come along to see the journey that Ngā Mātāpuna O Te Waihora have gone on to establish a Kahui Ako wide wellbeing model and teaching program.

Mark Atkins 

Co-presenting with Grace France

Mark and Grace are in their 11th and 6th years respectively, teaching Health and Physical Education at Cashmere High School. Over the years, both have shared responsibility for the Head of Health role. Mark and Grace are passionate about pedagogy and curriculum development that emphasises inclusivity, cultural responsiveness, and innovation.

Hayden Beaumont

Co-presenting with Tessa Te Kahu

Hayden has worked at Cashmere High School since 2008 (with a couple of years break for travel and study in between) with stints as a Dean, Head of Health, Head of House, and Deputy Principal.

Hannah Berning

Hannah Berning is a kaiako at the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch. Before working at Ara, she studied at University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha a Doctor of Philosophy and finished her PhD, entitled: muramura ana te ahi| Pedagogy of fire in 2023. Hannah's current research interest is within environmental and social justice, promoting sustainability and integrating te ao Māori.

Tash Brill

Co-presenting with Amy Kaukau

Tash Brill, a Kaiako at Rototuna Senior high school, has spent the past four years integrating Māori knowledge into her teaching. This journey has sparked a deep passion for education and a stronger connection to her Māori heritage. By slowly incorporating te reo and tikanga, she strives to create a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Tash's commitment to authentic implementation of Māori perspectives underscores her role as a facilitator of holistic learning experiences, empowering students to embrace their heritage while navigating modern challenges.

Mike Brown

Mike is Associate Professor of Outdoor Learning at AUT. His research interests include place-responsive approaches to Outdoor Education, the role of adventure in learning, and marine based experiences. He is Chair of the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre. He is a keen sailor, kayaker and very novice surfer.

Fregy Bullock

Ko Freya Grace Bullock tōku ingoa 

Ko Ngāpuhi tōku iwi Nō Hokianga te whenua, 

ko Hokianga te moana Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka 

Ko Nukutawhiti te tangata 

Kei Waitākere ahau e noho ana 

He kaiako ahau ki Aorere College

I teach Health, PE and Outdoor Education at Aorere College in South Auckland. My greatest passion is to reconnect our rangatahi with their cultural and spiritual identity so that they know who they are, can be proud of who they are and live out their true purpose in life. Outdoor Education is my favourite subject to teach as there is so much value in helping students to understand their identity through connection with the environment, as well as providing students with life changing experiences. Being in te taiao is my happy place - I love being at the beach, surfing and hiking. I also play softball competitively and teach group fitness. I am currently on a journey of rediscovery with my Māori whakapapa. Culture and faith are the reasons behind my purpose in life.

Chris Button

Chris is a Professor of Motor Learning at University of Otago. He has been undertaking research into water safety education in New Zealand for over a decade.

Tracey-Lee Dalton

Tracey-Lee is passionate about education, wellbeing /hauora and empowering life-long learners in an active way. After her doctorate focusing on wellbeing and disability, she became a Healthy Active Learning Advisor. During the past 30 years she has worked in New Zealand and abroad across different sectors of education, including the disability and outdoor sectors. Tracey-Lee enjoys being part of making a positive change to promote better lives and futures enhancing wellbeing. Tracey-Lee is married with children.

Emma Davison

Emma Davison is a middle leader with 20 years teaching and a passion for Health Education. As Head of Health and currently in an acting capacity as Head of the HPE Faculty at Burnside High School.

Emma Don

Emma Don has been the Leader of Learning - Health, PE, Outdoor Ed and Food & Nutrition at Rangiora High School - Te Kura Tuarua O Rangiora for the last year and a half. A Mum to 8-year-old Henry and 6-year-old Toby, and wife to Aidan, our lives revolve around the surf in the summer and the rugby/league field in the winter. Heavily involved in our local community, it is a privilege to teach in the heart of where we live and play.

Bevan Erueti

PANELIST - bio to follow shortly

Celia Fleck

Co-presenting with Zara Taylor

Celia is a former HOD Health and Physical Education, and HPE Curriculum Facilitator, and is now working at Ihi Aotearoa Sport NZ and supporting the sport sector with their engagement with education and mahi into education settings.

Gregor Fountain

Gregor Fountain is Sport New Zealand’s Strategic Engagement Manager. In this role, he supports Sport New Zealand and its partners to effectively engage with the education sector. Prior to joining Sport New Zealand, Gregor had more than 25 years as a secondary school teacher and leader. He was the principal of Paraparaumu College (2013-2018) and Wellington College (2018-2022).

Maika Hemera

Ko Aoraki te Maunga 
Ko Waitaki te Awa
Ko Takitimu te Waka 
Ko Ngai Tahu toku Iwi 
Ko Maika Hemera aha

Maika Hemera has been teaching Outdoor Education since 2010. He has been rediscovering his whakakpapa over the previous few years to help gain greater insights into Matauranga Maori.

Celia Hogan

Celia Hogan, Founder of Little Kiwis Nature Play is a nature education specialist, speaker and parenting coach. She is passionate about connecting children to nature and is a strong advocate for nature play, risky play and improving mental health and well-being through nature. For the past 25 years, she has worked for a variety of outdoor education organisations internationally, setting up, developing and running outdoor programmes, wilderness expeditions, leadership development programmes and establishing risk management and safety systems. She splits her time between nature-based professional development training, coaching, running her Bush Kindy and taking her own tamariki on lots of adventures. She is co-chair of Education Outdoors New Zealand, chair of Nature Education Aotearoa and is an advisor for ECE Reform.

Sophie Hoskins

Sophie is one of the Outdoor Education kaiārahi for Education Outdoors New Zealand. Coming from a secondary teaching background in outdoor education, she loves working with young people in te taiao and seeing the long term benefit that outdoor education has on developing a person. Sophie loves to get outside by herself or with her whānau whenever she can.

Co-presenting with Mark Smith

Mark has been teaching for 14years with the last 8 being at Cashmere High. He is the current HOD of Outdoor Education at Cashmere High and is passionate at creating opportunities for students to connect with the natural worlds while developing personal and interpersonal skills. 

Darren Houston

Co-presenting with George Read

I am a passionate educator with 30 years' experience as a teacher and advisor originating from the Hawke's Bay. Loving physical activity and being given leadership responsibilities at school and college, provided me with the motivation to follow a career in education. This has included classroom teaching, resident boarding school teaching, specialist Health/PE/EOTC teaching, and a Deputy Principal role. I am currently working as a Healthy Active Learning Advisor, for Nuku Ora, in Wellington and the Wairarapa. In this role I aim to help schools and kura create and sustain healthy and active environments to benefit tamariki. This is done by supporting school leaders and teachers with the planning and implementation of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Also, identifying and developing opportunities for quality physical activity experiences, and providing advice on establishing healthy eating and drinking behaviours and practices. In my spare time you will see me involved in supporting my children's activities and trying to be a good dad and husband.

Jacob Kelly

Ko Makeo, Ko Rangiahua, Ko Rangiuru ngā maunga
Ko Waiaua, Ko Wainui, Ko Kaituna ngā awa
Ko Torere nui a rua te Tipuna
Ko Ngati Patumoana rāua Ko Ngati Tuheke āku hapū
Ko Te Whakatōhea, Ko Ngai Tai, Ko Tapuika ngā iwi
Ko Mataatua, Ko Te Arawa, Ko Tainui ngā waka
Ko Jacob Kelly tōku ingoa

He kaiako ahau nō Te Kāreti o Hato Hoani

I had a dream to become a PE Teacher when I attended Ōpōtiki College as a student.  This was due to my mentor Mr Ted Edwards, a legend of a PE Teacher.  I followed my passion and have been teaching for over 20 years.  I am currently a Teacher of Physical Education & Māori Dean at St John’s College in Hamilton.  I am also an Across School Leader for the Waikato Catholic Kāhui Ako. I am lucky to weave my roles together to provide Te Ao Māori opportunities in Physical Activity to the diverse students we have in our Kāhui Ako.  

Dr Jonathan Lynch

Dr Jonathan Lynch is an associate professor at Otago Polytechnic and co-head of the Professional Practice programs in the College of Work Based Learning. He has a background of outdoor education practice and research across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors and is involved in delivering some place-responsive CPD with Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ).

Annie Macfarlane

Co-presenting with Shelley Hunt
Annie and Shelley are two experienced Health teachers who enjoy bringing active learning activities into the Health classroom.

Shea McEvoy

Co-presenting with Amy Kaukau

Shea is a seasoned educator with over two decades of experience in educational leadership and Physical Education. Holding pivotal roles in New Zealand's educational landscape, Shea currently serves as Deputy Principal at Pāpāmoa College, where they drive strategic initiatives aimed at improving positive outcomes for ākonga. Concurrently, as a Director of Physical Education New Zealand Te Ao Kori Aotearoa, Shea passionately advocates for the significance of Physical Education within the broader educational framework. With prior experience as Deputy Principal at Rototuna Senior High School and Head of Health and Physical Education at Te Puke High School, Shea has demonstrated strong leadership skills, particularly in curriculum development. Beyond the workplace, Shea finds time to spend with his lovely family, enjoying the beauty of the Bay of Plenty.

Hayley McGlashan

PANELIST - bio to follow shortly

Marisa McKay

Marisa is an experienced, registered teacher and skilled facilitator, with a passion for physical education. She works alongside leaders and teachers to evaluate their current curriculum, planning and pedagogical practice and identify ways to improve outcomes for learners in physical education.

Shannon McNatty

Co-presenting with Olivia Wheeler

Kia ora koutou. I work with primary teacher trainees in Physical Education and in the MTchgLn Secondary for Physical Education and Outdoor Education. I have been a Physical Education and Outdoor Education teacher for a number of years and am currently completing a PhD on the lasting impact of outdoor experiences on sense of identity and lifelong learning. I am passionate about encouraging young people to enjoy being active, be in te taiao, and develop an environmental ethic. Kā mihi.

Dr Sarah-Kate Millar

Dr Sarah-Kate Millar is an Associate Professor in skill acquisition at UC. Previously she was a Health and Physical Education teacher here in New Zealand and the UK. Sarah-Kate trained at UC and is predominately involved in the area of sports coaching; but more recently she has worked back in the field of Physical Education. She is the leading New Zealand expert in how contemporary skill acquisition can implemented in the Physical Education and boarder environment. In particular, she is on the High-Performance Sport NZ and advisory panel for skill acquisition and the SportNZ advisory panel for how to integrate skill acquisition into secondary school sport coaching. Sarah-Kate has an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches to skill acquisition and is involved in applied research in this area.

Leigh Morgan

Leigh has taught for 18 years at three secondary schools in different regions, the last six of those as Head of Health and Physical Education at Ōtāhuhu College in South Auckland. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from AUT. In 2022 Leigh was one of five teachers involved in the mini pilot with the new level 1 health studies achievement standards. Being seconded by NZHEA in 2023 for the Kaikōtuitui Arataki Oranga role has allowed Leigh to help provide PLD support for teachers.

Tumokai Morgan

Tumokai Morgan is the National Operations Manager for Tūturu, working closely with Tūturu leads across the country to weave together the Tūturu journey at the local level. Before joining the New Zealand Drug foundation whaanau, Tumokai previously worked in the addictions sector as a youth alcohol and other drug practitioner where he embraced the harm-reduction philosophy. His time spent there only strengthened his passion for rangatahi wellbeing and has spurred him into spaces where he can create, encourage, and promote opportunities for positive impact.

Chris North

Chris North is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canterbury. His teaching background includes secondary and tertiary institutions in New Zealand and North America. Chris’ research is in the areas of outdoor education practices, environmental education and initial teacher education. His most recent work focuses on researching EOTC, and recreation on the sacred places of Indigenous people.

Gemma Periam

Gemma facilitates professional learning in Education Outside the Classroom Management focusing on both the importance of learning and health and safety. She also provides bespoke support to schools in developing and reviewing their EOTC systems. Gemma also has extensive experience in supporting schools to design and deliver outdoor education programmes accessible and inclusive for all students, prioritising teachers as leaders and using a place responsive approach.

Erik Persen

Erik is Head of Faculty for Health and Physical Education at Shirley Boys' High School, and oversaw the department's involvement in piloting the new Level One standards in 2023. He is also Director of eLearning and has had a long-standing interest in innovative use of technology in education, and has been following developments in generative AI closely. He has a side-gig teaching History, and piloted in that subject in 2023 as well.

Rod Philpot

Rod Philpot is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education degree at the Auckland University. Rod began working at the university in 2010 after 16 years teaching HPE in Auckland secondary schools. He has been an assistant teacher, head of outdoor education, head of department, dean and an HPE faculty leader.

Nicola Potts

Co-presenting with Lea Stening

Nicola Potts is the teacher in charge of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream and HETTANZ Home Economics Kaiārahi.

Max Pringle

Max is the Halberg Advisor for the Taranaki, Manawatu and Whanganui regions. With a background in education and teaching in the primary school space for over 20 years as well as coaching. Max has had the pleasure of getting amongst many sports including gymnastics, netball, touch, and football and is loving being an advocate for greater inclusion of tamariki and rangatahi with disabilities in her role at Halberg.

Caroline Reddish

Co-presenting with Celia Hogan

Caroline has been working in the outdoors for the past 25 years, first as an outdoor instructor, then teaching Outdoor Education and Physical Education at secondary level. Caroline is currently the Director of Kahunui, a live in, outdoor education centre for St Cuthbert’s College. As a leader she is focused on developing programmes that build resilience and interpersonal skills through the outdoors. Caroline has a Masters in Educational Leadership and based this on coaching and mentoring and the use of Key Competencies to develop future-focused curriculums.

Jenny Robertson


Jenny has worked in the field of health education for 35 years, originally as a secondary school teacher, and then as a teacher educator in university initial teacher education programmes. She is currently a resource developer and professional learning and development (PLD) facilitator with NZHEA, providing health education-related support for teachers in primary and secondary schools around the country. She has written and contributed to many teaching and learning resources for a range of agencies.

Sarah Ryan

Co-presenting with Tash Brill

Bio to follow shortly

Lynley Stewart

Lynley started her career as a teacher in primary schools. From there she moved to the tertiary sector as a lecturer in physical education and teaching practice before taking up a position as an adviser in schools providing professional learning and development for teachers and school leaders in health, physical education and outdoor education. In her current position with Drowning Prevention Auckland she is privileged to be able to support schools to develop meaningful and sustainable aquatic education programmes where tamariki and rangatahi learn to safely enjoy New Zealand’s unique aquatic environment.

Pete Stewart

Assistant head of faculty Cashmere high school. 20+ years of teaching experience.

Dr Susannah Smith


Co-presenting with Amy Kaukau

Dr Susannah Smith (Susie) holds a PhD, MEd, BEd PE, and a GradDPTchLn in the areas of Physical Education, Learning and Curriculum, Joy of Movement, Olympic Studies, Sport and Child Well-being. Susie has over 20 years’ experience researching and teaching in these fields. She currently works at the University of Canterbury in Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education, and she holds a strategic academic role in Te Kāhui Pā Harakeke | Child Well-being Research Institute. Susie is the Board Chair of Physical Education New Zealand, the subject association tasked with supporting teachers to plan, deliver and assess quality Physical Education, using the New Zealand Curriculum. She has advised and consulted many national and international organisations on Physical Education, Physical Activity, curriculum and policy. Susie is currently leading several multi-million dollar research projects that span health and education topics such as child well-being, HPE and literacy, equity in heart health environments, and quality physical education practices. Most importantly, she is a mum of two boys, enjoys a laugh and loves a good whiskey.

Liz Thevenard

Liz is passionate about learning in the outdoors and has spent her life teaching in both Physical Education and Outdoor Education. She is currently working as a contractor for Victoria University of Wellington and has worked in both primary and secondary schools. She is a Life Member of PENZ and EONZ. She was awarded the SPARC Supreme Award for Services to Outdoor Recreation and Education. Liz now lives in Waikanae is the President of the Waikanae Millennium Rebus Club. She spends her time, biking with different groups, paddling in the river, swimming in the sea, catching rats and stoats, and travelling the world.

Jane Townsend

Jane is passionate about place and culturally responsive approaches, active learning strategies, and connecting with place/s through outdoor activities. She has a background in outdoor education and enjoys providing opportunities for ākonga to learn through, and about their significant place/s. In her spare time Jane paddles waka ama, rides her mountain bike, and walks up her favourite maunga while connecting with her favourite people and places in both the Bay of Plenty and Te Tau Ihu.

Phil Washbourn


I am Assistant HOD Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education at Papanui High School in Christchurch. In 2018 I completed a Masters Thesis investigating Māori student perspectives in Outdoor Education and the implications for cultural responsive pedagogies in outdoor programmes. I am currently studying towards a Doctorate of Education focusing on the implementation of mana ōrite mō te mātauranaga Māori in Outdoor Education. I am passionate about engaging students with Aotearoa New Zealand's unique outdoor environments, creating connections with the places they are active in, and facilitating care and sound decision-making in our interactions with te taiao.

Melinda Webber

Dr Melinda Webber (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Whakaue) is a Professor at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland. She is a recipient of a number of prestigious research grants for projects focused on better understanding the effects of culturally sustaining teaching, localised curricula, and enduring school-family-community partnerships for learning.

Anna Wetherall

Co-presenting with Tom Percival

Anna Wetherall is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Burnside high school. Anna has been teaching for 11 years and has a passion for inclusive Physical Education lessons.

Adam Wilson

Bio to follow shortly