Born in Australia and moved to New Zealand 26 years ago. 3.5 years International Hotel Management Trained. Gained a career as Senior Executive for Ansett and Qantas National Airports and In-flight Services – a position held for 15 years. Looking to move as far North as possible, I secured a role with the Rodney District Council as Manager Service Delivery for the District Assets and Facilities designing and implementing customer focused Facilities Management Contracts for roading, water and parks service delivery.Waiwera Properties was the next challenge, securing consents for Water Bottling Plants and Hotel Development, while refurbishing, repositioning, rebranding the hot pools and water bottling plant. After re-building Gulf Harbour Country Club out of receivership, the Chairman for the HBC Youth Council Inc asked if I could help him with potential Insolvency – instead taking on the challenge to re-build the centre into the Preventative Youth Development – Safe Space it is today. We now provide over 450 youth and families a week with volunteer opportunities, youth activities, safe spaces cafe, youth counselling and family services, after school and holiday care and Youth for Youth Development Programming.
Worked for YC in 2002 and joined the team again in Feb 2013 Dan has vast experiences in outdoor activities and was an outdoor Instructor at YMCA Summer Camps from 2002-2006. During this time he worked with hundreds of youth with range of ages and backgrounds guiding them through outdoor activities and helping them reach higher levels of self-confidence and taking pride of their achievements. During the winter periods at the same time, Dan worked as a lifeguard at Waiwera and the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre. Contrastingly, Dan has plenty of experience in security roles, working at events such as Big Day Out, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Akon and was part of a team which went on a week-long tour with Shihad in 2004. As well as this, his security work has ranged from door security at night clubs to security at Beach Hop. These experiences mean Dan has a lot to offer in terms of ensuring that the Youth Centre is a safe, secure place as well as having the tools to motivate and push youth of differing ages and abilities to exceed their comfort zone. Dan uses these skills to train other staff in outdoor activities, organising programs and events and methods of ensuring that the Youth Centre is a secure place. Big influence in staff training, mentoring, developing local youth and providing high quality level of youth development. Always had a passion for helping others in community. So very proud to be involved with the Youth Centre.
Registered Counsellor, MNZCCA
I have over 20 years’ experience of working with people in crisis and trauma and have successfully helped
countless individuals of all ages work through difficult times and in creating a more fulfilling life. I have
extensive experience of working with crisis intervention teams both in NZ and in the UK and for the past 8
years have been working with Victim Support in partnership with NZ Police, specialising in Suicide
Bereavement. The main focus of my therapy is in providing a safe environment for you to navigate your
way through the emotional and physical aspects of life’s challenges.
I am particularly passionate about working with young people who are dealing with associated issues, such
as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking and am a counsellor for the charity ‘Heart for
Youth’. I am also involved in delivering a “Life Skills” programme for 15-17 year olds in to local high schools.
My areas of expertise
Sudden Death, Homicide, Suicide.
Natural disasters (e.g. Christchurch Earthquake).
Motor vehicle accidents.
Physical abuse or assault.
I am trained in a variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and my
approach is to select a way of working which is best suited to my clients. I offer professional, caring and
confidential support to individuals and families.
Counselling takes place in a private and confidential setting and I respect the beliefs of those I work with
and understand that the safety of the client is important to their health and well-being.
“My experience of working with those in crisis has given me a deep
understanding of the impact these terrible events can have on your life and the
real insight and confidence to know that however hopeless things may appear to
be right now there is a way through. Getting help is a sign of strength not
weakness, you can overcome your difficulties and gain freedom from the
overwhelming emotions and feelings that may be paralyzing you”
Taryn became part of our Youth Centre team in March 2014 starting off in After School Care and now in administration. Taryn’s role here at the Youth is to work in administration, supervise youth leaders and help mentor and develop the local youth. Taryn has completed her first year of a Bachelor of Social Practice majoring in Social Work and intends on graduating in 2017. Taryn’s qualifications include a Customer Service Skills Certificate, an Occupational Safety and Health Certificate, NCEA Level 2 and a First Aid Certificate. Taryn has work experience as a customer service representative as a teenager and also has work experience with the Air New Zealand Call Centre.