whanake youth community team

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Barney Hodges

Youth Worker

Barney is busy as and loves doing some crazy as stories on insta and getting alongside young people.

You'll see Barney at HQ everyday and also keeps WTF (Wicked Tooth Fairy) happening. Barney also hangs out with the crew at On Trac on Tuesday and Wednesday's. 

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Ruth Rogers

Registered Nurse

Ruth is a founding staff member of Whanake Youth and knows heaps! She is our team leader for the school team. Ruth spends one day a week at Nelson Young Parent's school and the rest of her time is catching up with the awesome nurse team and planning health promotion activities

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Jonny Claridge

Youth Worker

Jonny is our other awesome youth worker. Jonny is at HQ on Tuesdays and is our techie guru, not bad at table tennis and awesome person to have a chat with. 

Jonny works the rest of the time with the team at Youth Nelson

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whanake youth school team

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Kelly Rogers

Registered Nurse

Kelly is in her first year as a nurse at Nayland College and gosh does she know her stuff. She's full on most days helping young people out with their health and wellbeing needs. Kelly also works at On Track 2 mornings a week and makes wicked cakes!

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Lauren Penney

Social Worker

Lauren started (again-was with us as a student) with us this year and heads up the mahi we do at Broadgreen Intermediate. We love having her being part of the team, she is super positive and sees the best in everyone!

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Robyn Fenselau

Registered Social Worker

Robyn is our community team leader. Her role is to support the awesome mahi the team are doing in the community and to continue connecting our rangatahi with services in the community. 

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Tania Wright

Registered Nurse

When Tania isn't at Nayland College 2 days a week, she's part of the VCC team and also works one day a week at Youth Nelson. Tania is uber easy to chat with and mega helpful with the tough stuff in life, she has a wicked sense of humour too. 

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Gwyneth Barr

Registered Nurse

Gwyneth is our fav nurse at Motueka High School. Not only does she love school nursing but you'll find her most weekends climbing mountains, camping out in their van and being one with nature. 

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whanake youth leadership and support team

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Donna Southorn

Registeren Nurse

Donna is a Senior School nurse who joined the team at Whanake Youth in Term 2. She works at Motueka High School and loves being part of the school health and wellbeing team. She loves trying out new places for coffee 

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Tania Wright

Registered Nurse

When Tania isn't at Nayland College 2 days a week, she's part of the VCC team and also works one day a week at Youth Nelson. Tania is uber easy to chat with and mega helpful with the tough stuff in life, she has a wicked sense of humour too. 

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Lee-ann O'Brien

Manager

Lee-ann is one of those people that seems to have endless energy. She is co founder of Whanake Youth and loves to dream and make things happen. You'll see her in the office at HQ helping with the youth meeting or at meetings to advocate for better and more accessible health and wellbeing services and activities

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Ruth Rogers

School team lead

Ruth is a founding staff member of Whanake Youth and knows heaps! She is our team leader for the school team. She spends her time supporting our school team in area of quality improvement and enhancement of clinical skills and youth health skills

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Kaye Beattie

Administrator

Kaye has been with us since January and what would we do without her! She is such an valuable member of the team. Super helpful, knows how to keep the team resourced and is uber friendly at our front desk.

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Robyn Fenselau

Registered Social Worker

Robyn is our community team leader. Her role is to support the awesome mahi the team are doing in the community and to continue connecting our rangatahi with services in the community. 

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