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

Piet is our Kaiārahi/Director at The Learning Place. He holds a Bachelor of Arts-History, a Bachelor of Management and Innovation and an Adult Learning Diploma.  He provides strategic oversight to our organisation, supporting all of our team to empower our ākonga to realise their potential through education. With leadership and governance experience in both non-profit and for-profit organisations, Piet is committed to positive and innovative change in the education sector. 

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Trudy Quirk

Trudy is our Sales and Marketing Manager and School Liaison.  Bachelor of Applied Management.

Trudy's background is as a multi-unit franchisee owner who specialised in operations management, strategy development and team leadership. Trudy liaises with our school coordinators across Aotearoa New Zealand, booking courses and ensuring that every opportunity possible is available for ākonga. She also looks after our sales and marketing, and with a vision for success, she is constantly looking at ways to showcase our brand and courses.



Michael Wood

Michael is our Academic Manager. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography.  

Michael provides academic oversight for all of our operations. He has years of experience in education, and a background designing and providing alternative learning experiences for youth. With a keen focus on placing ākonga at the centre of their learning experiences, he aims to design courses which meet the needs of stakeholders and provide ākonga real world experiences that can prepare them for their future. 

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Yonina Jamieson

Yonina is our Moderation Manager. She holds Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History.

Yonina is a highly motivated member of our organisation, maintaining quality assurance and academic standards across our courses. Previously teaching and working in management roles as an English teacher, Yonina is an experienced educator with a deep knowledge of effective pedagogy and assessment strategies. Yonina’s hard work ensures our ākonga continue to gain the best possible outcomes from our training. 

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Emily Graham

Emily is our Academic Coordinator:  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History.  Emily provides academic and administrative support for The Learning Place's face-to-face courses and manages ākonga resubmissions. She has a background in education administration as well as within the hospitality industry as a Duty Manager. Get in touch with Emily if you have any questions about school learner resubmissions. 

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Bona Hicks

Bona is our Online Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an experienced Duty Manager. 

Bona handles the marking and co-ordination of our online courses. With years of experience as a Duty Manager, Bona understands the nuances of upholding the law when working on Licensed Premises. Get in touch with Bona if you have any questions about our online courses. 

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Savannah Simon

Savanah is our Bookings & Marketing Coordinator 

She has experience in providing outstanding customer service, addressing inquiries and resolving issues to maintain high levels of client satisfaction.

Savanah is responsible for assisting in all marketing initiatives and managing the school bookings for The Learning Place. She has a background in working with people and in a team to achieve set goals. Her role is crucial in driving our growth and ensuring that our clients have a positive and seamless experience. Her practical experience, dedication, and customer-focused approach will help us achieve goals and deliver exceptional service. so get in touch with Savannah if you have any questions about Face-to-Face Courses.

Kellie Taylor

Kellie is one of our resident North Island Kaiako, based out of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Kellie is an experienced educator, having spent many years delivering hairdressing qualifications at level 3 and 4 to akonga in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Kellie brings a wealth of experience working in hospitality and providing customer service in different contexts around the world. Kellie is driven by fostering positive relationships in the classroom and is passionate about ensuring success for her ākonga. Kellie may be one of the friendly faces delivering your course. 

Peti Kiwha

Peti is one of our North island Kaiako, based out of Te Whanganui-a-Tara//Wellington . Peti has many years of Hospitality experience working around the world, she has worked front of house in Luxury Hotels in Scotland and the Gold Coast and owned a Boutique Café in Wellington. Most recently Peti worked as a Hospitality Trainer in Queensland and has now returned home to share her knowledge and passion for everything Hospitality!  She loves teaching barista and bartending skills and hopes to inspire and motivate ākonga to attain their career goals.


Sam Oates

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 provides 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 bartending. Sam may be one of the friendly faces delivering your course.

Wendy Remmington

Wendy is our resident North Island Kaiako, based out of Tāmaki Makaurau//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. Wendy may be one of the friendly faces delivering your course.

James Frood

James is our Kaiako, based out of Ōtautahi/Christchurch. James is an 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. James may be one of the friendly faces delivering your course.

Adam Jones

Adam is our Kaiako, based out of Ōtepoti/Dunedin. As an experienced restaurant manager, coach, personal trainer and youth mentor, Adam is driven by his desire to see others unlock their own potential. He thrives in high pace environments and brings a cool head to situations. When teaching you will find Adam leading by example and working alongside ākonga to help them succeed. Adam may be one of the friendly faces delivering your course.

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