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Helping Hands

Support for Ākonga

There is much support in our community for whānau, of which many services can be accessed through the below contacts. This list is a brief directory of support we have available in our community to awhi ākonga and their whānau.

Learning Support Coordinator

Jacinta Riordan is the Kahui Ako Learning Support Coordinator for our region. She is based at the Learning Support Hub at Kaikōura High School.

Ph (03) 3195138 Ext 240

Kahui Ako Social Worker

Colleen Cowan-Lee  is our Community Social worker based at The Whare Putea. She provides support & advocacy for children and young people and their whānau. 

Ph 027 230 2777

The Whare Putea

Mana Ake

Moana Manawatu is our Kahui Ako Mana Ake Coordinator and her role is to  support wellbeing for tamariki in Years 1 to 8. Her services are accessed by a  referral through school.

Mana Ake


Youth Services

​Based at Te Hā o Mātauranga, Elbie Burnett is the Youth Coach.


Youth Service providers can offer you coaching and mentoring to help you into education, training or work-based learning. They can also offer you guidance and support towards an independent future.

Elbie also helps with Lateral Youth, Youth Council and you'll see her around the High School Wednesday lunchtimes too.


Ph 027 644 6144

Te Hā o Mātauranga

KiVa Anti-Bullying

KiVa is a worldwide, evidence-based Anti-Bullying program which has been adopted by our High School.


The goal of KiVa is to prevent bullying and to teach how to manage cases of bullying effectively. The programme has been developed from decades of extensive research into bullying and is based on three main elements: prevention, intervention and monitoring.

Referrals can be self-made or through staff and they are then screened to assess if the incident is bullying or another issue. If the referral is deemed as bullying, the KiVa team then intervene with the victim and the bullies.

There is also a dedicated KiVa program for the High School Junior cohort which aims to raise awareness of bullying behaviours, accountability, management strategies, response to allow our students to know themselves more and grow in confidence.


Kiva Website

Parent Information

Kaikōura High School Guidance Counsellor

Jayne Mallinder is a Registered School Counsellor. She works alongside Rangatahi and Whānau so that they facilitate their own change, leading to self-growth and overall improved wellbeing.

Referrals can be made through school or email:


School Nurse

Amy Heger is based at the High School Monday/Thursday and is available to support ākonga with a wide range of health related questions and concerns. Amy organises catch ups with all students but also receives self-made referrals and referrals from staff.

Whānau Ora - Te Tai o Marokura

​Courtney Halliday and Miriama Allen are here to  support rangatahi with a wide range of things in their lives. They are also able to make further referrals to services, including other aspects of Te Tai O Marokura.

Whānau Ora - Maata Waka

Maata Waka offers a whole host of social services support for whānau. Get in touch with Ari Boyd to see more on what they can do for you.

027 250 0708

Maata Waka


St Paul's Church

KidzKlub after-school programme

  • What: A FREE, fun-filled programme of games, stories and crafts themed around meaningful life lessons.

  • When: Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

  • Where: Anglican Hall, 29 Torquay Street

  • Who: 5-11 year old children.

Impact Youth

  • What: A youth group that tackles questions of life, relationships, purpose and faith; with food, music and games.

  • When: Every second Saturday, 7-9pm

  • Where: The Upper Room, 98 West End (above King Tide Restaurant)

  • Who: Youth aged 13-18.

Tutoring for 5 Year Olds


Nathaniel Burbery

022 029 3578


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