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Our Team

Te Ara Mahi staff come from a range of backgrounds and life experiences. We understand the needs of people with barriers to employment who are looking for meaningful employment or training.

Our staff have experience and qualifications in employment support, psychology, counselling, and social work.  All Te Ara Mahi staff have a commitment to providing support that is professional, respectful, friendly and down to earth.


03 548 8120

Pete Rees

Director (Business)

027 544 9113



Pete has worked in mental health for over 25 years and co-founded Te Ara Mahi in 2005. Prior to working here, Pete had a diverse professional life. His qualifications are mostly science-based and he has a Diploma in Supported Employment. Pete now lives in Dunedin and works remotely to manage the business functions of the organisation.

Moira McLeod

Director (Quality)

027 548 8120



Moira has worked in the industry for over 17 years. As a co-founder, she has been with Te Ara Mahi since its inception in 2005. Moira has a Diploma in Supported Employment, and is a professional member of CDANZ and RCSA.

Beth Rogers

Operations Manager

027 918 1889


Beth joined TeAM in 2013 and has psychology and management qualifications. Beth is responsible for the day-to-day running of the TeAM service, including managing workforce development and referrals. Beth also works with a small number of clients.

Alex Sawyer

Employment Consultant

027 538 8938


Alex joined TeAM in 2016, having experience as a Registered Nurse providing health education and support for people with Diabetes and Cardiac diagnoses. After a period of time as a full-time mother to her three children, Alex retrained as a Counsellor. She is a provisional member of NZAC with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science endorsed in counselling.

Daniel Hobbs

Employment Consultant

027 558 8010


Daniel joined TeAM in early 2018 and comes from a broad background. He holds an Exercise Science qualification and has worked mainly in the sports industry. Daniel is passionate about helping people to achieve their goals.

Kylie Templeman

Employment Consultant

027 558 8182


Kylie joined TeAM in 2017 after completing a Psychology Degree with an education minor focused on human development. Kylie has a background in managing and developing teams and holds qualifications in management and copy-editing/proofreading. Kylie enjoys the face to face nature of our work and is passionate about helping others to reach their full potential through exploring their strengths and vocational aspirations.


03 577 9618

Chris Lippiatt

IPS Employment Consultant

027 432 4235



Chris joined TeAM in 2018 and has a varied employment history, including; professional cookery, warehousing and logistics, bottling line management and youth work.  Chris has a diploma in psychology and is working towards a degree. Chris is also involved in the Top of the South Film Society.

Greymouth/ West Coast

03 768 6802

Colleen Monachan

Employment Consultant

027 334 2585



Colleen joined Te Ara Mahi in 2018 and has a long work history in the community/education and social services field as well as in the tourism industry. After many years in South Westland she relocated further up the Coast in 2012, and takes pleasure in utilising her experience to support others in finding their niche.