The Learning Place

For information and support

0800 800 415



The Learning Place provides vocational education to a wide range of industries and Secondary Schools across Aoteaora New Zealand.

We are committed to making your learning experience as accessible, rewarding and professional as we can, whether you are completing one of our face to face or online courses.
For our face to face courses, our Kaiako will travel across the country bringing learning and training materials to your doorstep.
For our online courses  you can complete these at your own pace, in your own time from the comfort of your home - as long as you have an internet connection.

You'll find our Head Office in Dunedin, which is home to our booking, admin and academic teams.

We invest heavily in quality assurance to ensure you have the best learning experience we are able to offer. 



Our People / Ō Mātou Tangata


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 |


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 |


Michael Wood

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

Michael is our Academic Manager. Michael has years of experience in education, and a background working with youth. Michael provides academic oversight for all of our operations.

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Helen White

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

​Helen is the Academic Co-ordinator, 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. 

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Dane Oates

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

Dane is our Academic Support / Project Manager. 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 Academic Coordinator / Projects Manager.

Dane provides Academic and Administrative Support for The Learning Place's face-to-face courses, as well as Project Management, Course Development and Onboarding Support for new clients joining the TLP education whānau.

0800 800 815: ext 2 |

Yonina Jamieson

(Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching)

Yonina is our Internal Moderator & Online Schools Coordinator. She is a highly motivated member of 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.

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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, having acted as judge for several national and international hospitality competitions in the categories of Cocktail, Barista Skills, and Table Service. With over fifteen years of industry training experience, James is highly valued for his easy-going nature, and ability to connect with his learners. Outside of work James is a volunteer rugby coach, and a dedicated father of two.

Sam Oates

(Bachelor Arts & Science, Double Major Psychology and Sociology.)
(NZ Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching level 4)

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 academically and professionally. 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 life skills like Time Management to workplace focused courses like Leadership and Customer Service.

Ricky Clarke

(National Certificate Security, Level 3 Equivalent)

Ricky is one of our South Island Kaiako. Ricky 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.

Bona Hicks

(Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology)

Bona is our Online LCQ Coordinator, handling the marking and co-ordination of our online Licence Controller Qualification program. Bona holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and has years of experience as a Duty Manager on Licensed Premises.

0800 800 415 ext 1: LCQ enquiries:, Health & Safety enquiries:

Irihapeti Mahuika

(Masters of Education)

Iri is our 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.

Wendy Remmington

(National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Level 5)

Wendy is our resident North Island Kaiako, based out of Auckland. Originally from Scotland, Wendy is known for her friendly teaching style, and ability to connect with learners. She has a strong background in both education and hospitality, and is passionate about working with youth to clarify and develop their career pathways. Wendy has delivered a variety of hospitality based programmes at Level 3, 4, & 5, and has a wealth of experience working in hotels and hospitality around the world.

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