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Board and Life Members

Meet the 2022 - 2023 EONZ Board

Phil Washbourn - co-chair

Papanui High School

Phil is Assistant HOD HPE: Outdoor Education at Papanui High School in Christchurch and has been active within the Canterbury EONZ region since the early 2000s. He recently completed a Masters Thesis investigating Māori student perspectives in Outdoor Education and the implications for cultural responsive pedagogies in outdoor programmes. Phil has a passion for engaging students with Aotearoa New Zealand's unique outdoor environments, creating connections with the places they live in, and facilitating care and sound decision-making in our interactions with natural environments. Phil enjoys tramping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and tree planting in his spare time.

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Celia Hogan - co-chair

Little Kiwis Nature Play

I originally studied Outdoor recreation and Adult Teaching at Aoraki Polytechnic. For the past 23 years I have worked in a variety of outdoor education organisations nationally and internationally. From instructing, running OE programmes in high schools, tutoring at Polytechnic level and running multi week wilderness expeditions, I gained experience setting up, developing and running outdoor programmes, leadership development programmes and establishing risk management and safety systems.

More recently I have redirected my skillset to help connect younger tamariki to the outdoors through nature play. I do this through providing professional development training to early children and primary teachers encouraging them to find outdoor learning opportunities using nature as the teacher. I also run a bush kindy playgroup and a one day bush school for primary aged tamariki.

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Dave Cassaidy

Mount Aspiring College

I have spent most of the last 3 decades working in outdoor education and am keen to offer my experience to the EONZ executive. I have taught in a number of New Zealand secondary schools, and have also spent several years instructing at Outward Bound in New Zealand and Canada. I was the first EONZ kaiārahi, and have recently enjoyed collaborating with other EONZ members on the Skills Active led review of Unit Standards. I linve in Wānaka where I spend my free time kayaking and biking, and am halfway to being an empty nester. 

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Fiona McDonald  - EONZ Chief Executive

Education Consultant 

Fiona is an Education Outside the Classroom consultant, project manager, and assessor. She works with a number of organisations. She a member of the Ministry of Education  Reference group that was involved in the development and ongoing review of the EOTC Guidelines.

Previously Fiona has worked as a teacher, Head of Faculty, Assistant and Deputy Principal at a high school level. She works with Skills Active supporting qualification development, moderation, and assessment. She is an auditor for Qualworx.
Fiona strongly believes in the value of quality integrated cross-curriculum EOTC for students.

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Chris North

University of Canterbury

Chris North is Associate Head of Te Kura Mātai Hauora/Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury. He works in outdoor and environmental education initial teacher education.  Chris is an author of Education Outside the Classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand – A Comprehensive National Study. His research closely examines the links between teaching intentions and the learning of school students and pre-service teachers. 

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Libby Paterson 

Otago University, Teaching Fellow Victoria University of Wellington

Libby has a long career in education, starting in primary and secondary teaching before moving to the tertiary sector.   She spent sixteen years developing PLD experiences, and in-school one-on-one support, across the schooling sector, mainly involved in, but not limited to, the HPE learning space.

Libby has been both a facilitator and creator of PLD packages that are structured from an Inquiry perspective that are responsive to teachers’ needs and that of their akonga, based on evidence and research.

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Caroline Reddish 

Deputy Principal, Trident High School

Caroline has been working in the outdoors for the past 20 years, first as an outdoor instructor, then teaching Outdoor Education and PE at secondary level. As a leader she is focused on developing systems to support equitable access to EOTC for all. Caroline has a Masters in Educational Leadership and based this on coaching and mentoring and the use of Key Competencies to develop future-focused curriculum and reporting programmes.  Caroline is a member of the senior leadership team at Trident High School. 

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Karen Singers

General Manager Perry Outdoor Education Trust (POET)

I am passionate about creating opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi to connect to our natural environment, so I am fortunate to have been involved with POET for a number of years, the last ten as POET General Manager. POET partners with schools to support teacher facilitated outdoor education programmes in low decile secondary schools. Much of my work involves managing a range of stakeholder relationships, which are crucial in meeting our strategic outcomes.

Prior to POET, I worked in a role responsible for the distribution of funding to non-profit organisations. I believe my experience from the perspective of both a funder and a recipient is an advantage, particularly as we navigate through the challenges in the sector today. 

I have wide-ranging governance experience and have just completed a three-year term on the National COGS committee. 

I believe a diverse range of educational and vocational backgrounds enriches the discussion of a board and enables better decisions be made.


Sharon White

Te Pā o Rākaihautū

Sharon currently works for the Ministry of Education as a Kaihautū Marautanga/Curriculum Lead in Ōtautahi.  She  comes from the Secondary sector where she was a teacher of Outdoor Education, Health, Physical Education and Te Reo Māori, and for the last seven years she was Kaihautū at Te Pā o Rākaihautū.  She is currently completing her Masters of Indigenous Studies and getting used to not being in the classroom.  Sharon is passionate about Māori educational success and the outdoors.  She believes the outdoors is a classroom for all, and that connecting to the outdoors enhances any and all experiences.

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Life Members

The following EONZ members have made a significant and ongoing contribution to EONZ and Outdoor Education in New Zealand over an extended period:

Dave Irwin
Catherine Kappelle
Liz Penman
Hilary Chidlow
Bert McConnell
Wayne Putt
Gerald Rawson
Arthur Sutherland
Lynley Stewart
Gemma Periam
Mike Boyes
Liz Thevenard
Te Tumu herenga waka, herenga tangata

(the post that binds the waka also binds the people)



Associate Professor Mike Boyes 

 The bestowing of this special award of Te Tumu acknowledges leadership in our sector over an extended period of time.

Read more about the meaning of the award and Mike's enduring contribution to outdoor education and EONZ contribution here.


Regional Life Members

EONZ members who have made a significant contribution in their respective regions:

John Charteris, EONZ Waikato
Margaret O'Connor (Deceased), EONZ Auckland
Jill Dalton, EONZ Auckland
Colin Bramfitt, EONZ Auckland