Our Team

Our Team

Meet our designers & facilitators

Kia ora, 
Ko Isla tōku ingoa, nō Ngāti Uenuku ahau.

I’m Isla, and I’ve been involved in the process of bringing Reframe Wānanga to life – you might also see me facilitating courses further down the track as well. My passion for mental health and wellbeing stems from both my own lived experiences, and the experience of working in the sector as well. When I’m not at Reframe, I’m at mahi working as a Learning Assistant, studying towards my degree in Māori Language and Indigenous Studies, or getting involved in the creative arts community here in Ōtautahi.

“Kia tau te rāngimarie, ki runga i a koutou”: Let peace settle upon you all.

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Kia ora, ko Rachel toku ingoa; I have been part of the Reframe Wānanga service design team since the beginning, I focus on our social media presence and you will probably see me facilitating some courses as well!

I am a registered social worker and am also doing some post-graduate study at the moment, I am passionate about young people developing strong identity and finding their unique perspective. In my other work time I am a community support worker.

I was born and raised here in Ōtautahi, I grew up on a small farm raising calves by hand. Outside of work I love to ice-skate, sew, sing and bake delicious treats! I feel the most joy when I am dancing and singing in my kitchen while I cook.

I am looking forward to meeting you and sharing some korero!


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Kia ora, ko Kelly au!

I’m Kelly and I co-ordinate all of our courses and workshops. You might also see me facilitating workshops – especially the yoga and poetry courses and workshop on understanding self-harm. 

My passion for mental health comes from my own journey as a teenager and young adult overcoming big experiences of distress, and supporting friends through similar challenges, and since then I’ve worked as an advocate and peer support worker. When I’m not at Reframe Wānanga, I like reading books and hanging out with my two flemish giant bunnies.

“always remember
– youre braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

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Kia ora koutou!

My name is Jessi and I’m on the Reframe Wānaga Design Team. I am also a social worker in the community, and I love working alongside rangatahi in Canterbury.

When I’m not at Reframe Wānanga, I like to be out hiking or hanging out with my family


Kia ora, ko Aland ahau

I’m Aland and I started Reframe Wānanga after seeing how people using a Recovery College in London talked about how life changing it was for them. At Reframe Wānanga I am involved a lot in setting up the service and helping it to run smoothly.

Alongside lots of people that I know, I have experienced lots of distress and struggles in my life and out of this comes my passion for working in mental health. I trained as a Social Worker and have worked in mental health services, alcohol and drug, as well as in alternative health. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family, going for walks, cooking, and playing the guitar.

‘The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity’The Dalai Lama


Hi everyone, my name is Renee.

I have been fortunate enough to be a part of Reframe Wananga design team from the very beginning and had the privilege to be part of two Wellbeing courses.

My desire to be a part of Reframe Wananga stems from 15 years working in community youth mental health.

I grew up in the Marlborough/Nelson region and love spending as much of my time as possible in that part of the world with friends and family. My sneaky wee passion is the speedway and go to Woodford Glen as often as possible during the race session.

Go on sign up to a course….. you won’t regret giving it a go!

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Hi/Kia ora,

Ko Annie toku ingoa. I’m Annie and I’m part of the service design group that set Reframe Wananga up. You might also see me at Reframe Wananga’s sister service: the adult recovery college at Barnett House Recovery Centre which is also part of Stepping Stone Trust.

My passion for mental health and emotional wellbeing comes from my own journey as someone who has experienced trauma, and, also, as someone diagnosed post-childhood as autistic.

I’ve been involved in peer work for over 30 years. I have also worked for the government on health projects including the setting up of the Like Minds, Like Mine anti-discrimination project. I am the Peer Practice Manager at Stepping Stone Trust and Co-ordinator of Barnett House Recovery Centre.

When I’m not at Stepping Stone Trust, I am usually to be found hanging out with my friends who are on the same wellbeing journey as me or searching for my favourite bird – the kea.

‘In life, it’s not where you go; it’s who you travel with.’


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Kia ora koutou! 😊 I’m Jacinta.

I’ll be helping out with some of the Reframe courses such as making a crisis kete and looking at some strategies to cope with the things that life throws at us!

I’ve lived through having depression, anxiety and supporting whanau and friends with their struggles too. I also get to be a Social Worker in a Youth Mental Health team which I absolutely love 😊

When I’m not at Reframe Wānanga, I enjoy going for walks in nature, kayaking, doing Zumba and eating brunch 😊

“The best view comes after the hardest climb”


Kia Ora, I’m Nicole.

I am a youth worker and yoga teacher here in Christchurch. I am passionate about empowering young people to explore holistic modalities as a means of inspiring vibrant lives.  

I am part of the team who has designed the yoga for mental health course at Reframe Wānanga – you will find me facilitating this course. 

I found yoga at a time in my own life when I was really struggling with my mental health, I found it to be a stepping stone towards discovering my sense of self and building confidence in who I was and what I wanted out of life. I continue to use holistic tools and practices to manage my mental health today. 

When I am not teaching or supporting young people I am playing my guitar and singing my little heart out; I am a big muso who lives and breathes music!

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Hi, I’m Emily 

Reframe Wānanga is something feel incredibly passionate and really care about. I’ve been involved since we first met to talk about designing courses and have facilitated some of the wellbeing workshops at schools – I loved talking to students about their views and ideas.

I have had my own recovery journey through mental health challenges and used to work as a youth advisor for mental health services helping young peoples’ feedback be heard

When I’m not running courses at Reframe Wānanga, I’m at uni studying psychology and education, or hanging out with my incredibly fluffy cat, Ruby 

Kia ora!

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Kia ora, ko Alys au!
I’m Alys, a dance and drama specialist who is passionate about teaching physical theatre. I love dancing and making theatre from people’s stories as I believe that everybody has a powerful story to tell and that it is empowering to share it in creative ways as an ensemble. I run a physical theatre company in Christchurch called Zen Zen Zo NZ, which works with beautiful visual storytelling. I have taught in lots of high schools and theatre companies, I love travelling and meeting new people in the arts all over New Zealand and the world. 
When I’m not at Reframe Wānanga, I’m playing with my three kids, dancing, doing yoga and baking!

“Everyone has a story that will break your heart. And, if you’re really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring you to your knees” –  Brene Brown
“The creation of art is not an escape from life but a penetration into it” Anne Bogart

Hello! I’m Emma, lovely to meet you!

I’ve recently joined the Reframe community, helping with course design and facilitation. Journaling is one of my favourite self-care strategies and I’m excited to be involved with this course soon (gel pens and blank pages – yes please!)

I work for Stepping Stone Trust in the Youth Mobile team. Over the years, I’ve done a bunch of work in residential and community settings, mostly with teenagers. Mental health has always been a big part of this. I’m still struck by the privilege that it is to sit alongside a young person with a hot chocolate and a glitter jar, just yarning about the big life moments. Distress (yours or mine) is never meant to be carried alone!

When I’m not at Stepping Stone Trust, I’m likely creating a complete mess in my kitchen concocting some new foodie delight or curled up in the corner of a café with bottomless coffee and a good book!

I am looking forward to sharing the Reframe space with you soon!

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Kia ora!

I’m Bre and I have recentrly joined the wonderful Reframe Wānanga whānau!

I find weighted soft toys, sensory kits, and journaling, beneficial for my own mental health – so I am really enjoying getting involved in these workshops and sharing these skills with others.

I have my own personal journey of mental health and trauma, a background in Psychology studying Interculturalism, and am a member of the Stepping Stone Youth Mobile Team where I work with teenagers in the community to support their mental health.

Outside of work, I love travelling (pre-Covid times!), tramping through our beautiful Aotearoa, and spending as much time as possible with my incredible, goofy son – Fred (the cat who thinks he is a doggo!)

 “It matters not how strait the gate,                      How charged with punishments the scroll,              I am the master of my fate,                                          I am the captain of my soul.”


Hi there, 
My name’s Jess, I grew up in Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island. I feel at home when I’m walking in Native bush and can hear the sound of a river nearby.
I’ve been part of Reframe Wananga for a month or two, co-facilitating some workshops. I feel normal when I talk about mental illness as this is and has been a big part of my life as well as being a highly sensitive person.
I’m an Artist and have studied and drawn for about 15-16years. Outside of Reframe I am working in a Bakery delivery bread to Supermarkets as well as caring for my black Labrador who is 15yrs of age!
I love living in Christchurch and have lots of long-term friendships and fun in the outdoors. I really enjoy this lifestyle.
I am really passionate about tying together creativity and healing from mental illness.
I look forward to meeting you all. There is no judgement on these courses and it is about helping you to get you well!
Jess 🙂
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Kia Ora, my name is Chloe, I grew up in Christchurch and Rangiora and have a strong connection to my community in Rangiora. 

I will be involved in the journaling courses which is super exciting because journaling has been a big part of my own recovery journey. I have my own lived experience of trauma and distress which has given me an empathy and passion for those experiencing this, walking alongside young people who are experiencing this is what I love to do! 

I completed a social work degree in 2019 and have been working with Stepping Stones youth ever since. Outside of reframe I love to go on road trips with my partner, be involved in my local church, watch Netflix and eat good food! I love talking about politics, social justice, body positivity and people’s life stories. I feel happiest when I’m eating dessert and with my loved ones and animals.

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Kia Ora! 

I’m Michelle and I help facilitate some of the workshops and provide support in developing workshops for autistic individuals. 

As someone on the spectrum and with personal experience with mental health challenges, I’m passionate about supporting the wellbeing of others. 

After completing a degree in psychology,  I am now working towards my masters in speech language therapy, with a particular interest in social communication. A few of my favourite things are board games, books, and spending time with my two cats


Kia Ora, my name is Alanna. 

I’m facilitating a few courses at Reframe Wānanga and the ‘black dog walk off’ events. I’ve experienced massive mental health struggles since I was a kid and I’m passionate about breaking down the stigma that often surrounds these experiences. 

Outside of Reframe Wānanga I love to listen to music, cook/bake vegan food, learn, sing, create, and spend time with the people & animals I love – including my two gorgeous doggos!

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Kia Ora! Ko Amy āhau

I’m a youth peer mentor at Reframe Wānanga, I will be working alongside with schools to promote our awesome workshops. I have done both teacher aiding and support work; I enjoyed both these as I could connect with new people and build new relationships, I’m looking forward to doing the same here at Reframe.

I’m originally from Ōtepoti- Dunedin, however I have claimed Ōtautahi- Christchurch as my home. I come from a large whānau, I am one of five siblings. When I’m not at Reframe I will most likely be buying new plants to add to my house plant collection or at the beach collecting shells and rocks I find on my adventures.

“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes.”