The Learning Place

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0800 800 415

About

About

The Learning Place provides vocational education to a range of industries and secondary schools across New Zealand. 

Whether you are doing one of our school courses, a Health and Safety Module, Certificate of Approval training for the security industry or your Licence Controller Qualification online it is our commitment to make the learning experience as accessible, professional and rewarding as we can.

Head Office is in the tropical south in sunny Dunedin and we travel across the country racking up more flying miles than Richard Pearse (you know the kiwi guy who beat the Wright Brothers to fly first) delivering our range of courses.

All of our people are industry experts so they don’t talk through a hole in their head. We invest heavily in quality assurance meaning that we stand by our training 100% and are damn proud of it!

 

 

 

Our People / Ō Mātou Tangata

 

Pieter van de Klundert

Pieter van de Klundert

(B.A. History, B. Management and Innovation, Adult Learn Dip, member of the Institute of Directors)

Piet is our Kaiārahi/Director at The Learning Place. He provides strategic oversight to our organisation, supporting all of our team to empower our rangatahi to realise their potential through education. With leadership and senior management experience in both non-profit and for-profit organisations, Piet is committed to positive change in the education sector.

0800 800 415 | pieter@thelearningplace.co.nz 

Lori Bulger

Lori Bulger

Lori is our Information Manager & School Liaison. Lori is the administrative backbone of our organisation, providing an orderly and systematic approach to all parts of The Learning Place’s operations. Her work allows our Kaiako to focus on delivering the best possible training to our learners. Lori is our go-to person for face-to-face course bookings, ironing out all the fine details for over 250 courses annually across Aotearoa NZ.

0800 800 415 ext 2 | Lori@thelearningplace.co.nz

 

Michael Wood

Michael Wood

(Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary), National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education)

Michael is our Acting Academic Manager. Michael has years of experience in education, and a background working with youth. Michael oversees all of our academic requirements.

0800 800 415 | academic@thelearningplace.co.nz

Helen White

Helen White

(Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching; National Certificate, Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education)

​Helen is part of The Learning Place’s Academic team, providing oversight for our online training and sub-contracted security courses. Helen comes from a background in tertiary teaching, and is focused on helping ensure The Learning Place is offering high quality, fun and engaging courses. 

0800 800 415 | helen@thelearningplace.co.nz 
 

Alyson Barnhart

Alyson Barnhart

(Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology)

Aly is our Learning Support Coordinator, handling marking and resubmissions for many of our face-to-face courses and supporting our Information Manager to ensure our Kaiako have everything they need to deliver high quality training.

0800 800 415 | info@thelearningplace.co.nz

Ricky Clarke

Ricky Clarke

(National Certificate Security, Level 3 Equivalent)

Ricky is our Online Coordinator, and subject matter expert for all things hospitality. Ricky coordinates our online Licence Controller Qualification and Health & Safety Representative training courses, as well as providing face-to-face teaching in a range of subjects. He holds the equivalent of the National Certificate in Security Level 3, and has extensive experience in the management and operation of a wide range of hospitality businesses. Ricky brings a depth of expertise to his role that allows our learners to excel.

0800 800 815 ext 1: LCQ enquiries: info@getlcq.nz Health & Safety enquiries: info@gethns.co.nz 

 

Bona Hicks

Bona Hicks

(Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology)

Bona is one of our Online Coordinators, providing learner support and administration for our online schools students, and assisting in the marking & coordination of our range of public online courses. Bona holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and has years of experience in the hospitality industry.

0800 800 415 ext 1 Online Schools enquiries: onlineschools@thelearningplace.co.nz

Kowhai Wilkie

Kowhai Wilkie

(Bachelor of Arts, Performing and Screen Arts, Cert. in English Literature, Cert. in Adult & Tertiary Teaching)

Kowhai is our resident North Island Kaiako, well known for her friendly teach style, and ability to connect with learners. Kowhai is passionate about working with youth to clarify and develop their career pathways. Kowhai has years of experience and a vast knowledge of the Hospitality Industry. 

James Frood

James Frood

James is one of our South Island Kaiako, based out of Ōtautahi/Christchurch. James is one of our most experienced Kaiako, with twenty years in the hospitality industry, and over fifteen years of industry training experience. James is highly valued for his easy-going nature, and ability to get through to his learners. Outside of work James is a volunteer rugby coach, and a dedicated father of two.

Sam Oates

Sam Oates

(Bachelor Arts & Science, Double Major Psychology and Sociology.)

Sam is one of our South Island Kaiako, based out of Ōtepoti/Dunedin. Sam is passionate about facilitating the personal development of his learners, both academic and professional. His background in the hospitality industry, as well as his study of psychology & sociology, provide him with the skills to engage with his learners, and present his teaching in ways that are relevant to their interests. Sam teaches a range of subjects, from essential Barista Skills to courses in Leadership and Communication.
 

Irihapeti Mahuika

Irihapeti Mahuika

(Masters of Education)

Iri is our Moderator & Cultural Liaison. She has experience in NZQA delivery and quality assurance. Iri has a background of teaching and leadership in a range of secondary schools in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and is passionate about seeing our Rangatahi reach their potential.

0800 800 415 | moderator@thelearningplace.co.nz

Dane Oates

Dane Oates

(Bachelor Arts & Science, Double Major Philosophy & Psychology, Minor Maori Studies)

Dane is our Health & Safety Onboarding Specialist. Ko Ngāti Apa tōna Iwi, ko Ngā Wairiki tōna Hapū. Hailing from Rūnanga, on the West Coast of the South Island, Dane is passionate about wellbeing. With experience in education, youth counselling and sexual violence prevention, Dane brings an element of manaakitanga to the role of onboarding specialist.

In his former role with The Learning Place, Dane provided administrative support for TLP’s online and face-to-face courses, as well as marking, moderation, and course development. Now in onboarding, Dane provides information and support to new clients joining the TLP education whānau.

Onboarding Enquiries: sales@gethns.co.nz
 

Yonina Jamieson

Yonina Jamieson

(Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching)

Yonina is our Academic Manager. She is a highly motivated leader in our organisation, maintaining quality assurance and professional and academic standards across our courses. Previously teaching and working as the Head of the English Department at a Wellington Secondary School, Yonina is an experienced educator with a deep knowledge of pedagogy and the intricacies of NCEA. Yonina’s hard work ensures our learners continue to get the best possible outcomes from our training.

0800 800 415 | academic@thelearningplace.co.nz

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