Staff

Welcome to the OENZ staff page

 

Alan Haslip (Managing Director)

Alan Haslip

 

Alan is a passionate climber, mountaineer and explorer. Alan believes that education in the outdoors is more than a subject “it’s a pedagogy in its own right” and a way of life.

 

Qualifications & Awards:

Bachelor of Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education (ARA, Christchurch),  NZOIA Bush Leader, NZOIA Bush 1, NZOIA Bush 2, NZOIA Rock 1, NZOIA Rock lead climbing endorsement, NZOIA Rock 2, NZOIA Alpine 1, NZOIA Apline 2, MSC BAA, MSC Avalanche 1, NZOIA Assessor for Bush Leader, Rock Leader & Abseil Leader, NZ Driver Class 1 +‘p’ endorsement, PHEC first aid, International expedition Leader.

 

*NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association)

 

 

Sarah English (Managing Director)

Sarah English
Sarah English

 

Sarah’s passion lies in the bush, mountains and rock. Sarah believes the most powerful learning experiences come through challenge and adventure.

 

Qualifications & Awards:

Bachelor of Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education, Diploma in Adventure Instructing and Guiding, NZOIA Bush1, NZOIA Rock1, NZOIA Rock lead climbing endorsement, NZOIA Alpine 1, Backcountry Avalanche Risk Management, PHEC first aid, NZOIA Bush leader assessor, NZOIA Rock Leader, & Abseil leader assessor, Skills Active Assessor,  International expedition Leader.

 

*NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association)

 

Nathanael Sage

Nathanael Sage

Before working with OENZ, Nathanael was a Senior Sea Kayak Guide and Rock Climbing Instructor in Wellington and Lead Sea Kayak guide in Abel Tasman National Park and a glacier guide at Fox Glacier. Passionate about all things outdoors.

 

Qualifications & Awards:

Certificate in Outdoor Education, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 2013. Diploma in Outdoor Instructing and Guiding, at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 2014. NZOIA Rock Leader, NZOIA Abseil Leader, NZOIA Rock1, NZOIA Bush Leader, NZOIA Sea Kayak Leader, PHEC first aid, New Zealand Drivers License Class 1.

 

 

 

 

Nino Pankusz

Nino Pankusz

Nino is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is especially keen on anything rock or water (both frozen and liquid). On any given weekend you’ll find him running wild throughout the South Island on an adventure. During the week he studies Sustainability and Outdoor Education at Ara.

Qualifications & Awards:

Rock 1, whitewater rescue 1 course, outdoor first aid.

 

 

 

Chris Prudden

Alpine Guide - Chris Prudden
Chris Prudden

Chris has a passion for the mountains spanning over 40 years, working in New Zealand, European Alps and Antarctica. He established the first professional alpine guiding service on Mt Taranaki with an astounding 1,320 ascents.

In recent years he has been based in Queenstown and has guided numerous successful ascents in the Southern Lakes area. An alpine guide and instructor who has worked with school groups, film crews, environmental safety, and a private guide. Chris also spends some of his time with NZ Land SAR Alpine Cliff Rescue and NZOIA Training and assessing alpine qualifications.

Qualifications & Awards:

NZOIA Alpine 2, NZOIA Bush 2, NZOIA Alpine 1 & 2 Assessor, TE (technical expert) for Rope activities and Alpine for the NZ Adventure activities 2011 regulation scheme, Team Leader & National assessor for NZ Land SAR Alpine Cliff Rescue, PHEC first Aid, NZ drivers licence.

 

 

 

 

Jason Dochery (Doc)

Jason Dochery

Jason’s heart lies with the water, and he feels most at home with a paddle in hand. However, he pursues many other outdoor pursuits and loves the sense of adventure and exploration. As a passionate outdoor professional, he is a firm believer in outdoor education and its vast potential.

Qualifications & Awards:

Bachelors of Sport and Recreation, Outdoor 1st Aid.

 

 

 

 

 

Arna Warrander

Arna Warrander

Arnas’ primary passion is Rock Climbing, followed closely by Tramping, Mountain Biking, and Sailing and for her, being able to share these passions with others is hugely rewarding.

Qualifications & Awards:

Bachelor in Sustainability & Outdoor Education, Rock Leader, Bush Leader, PHEC. NZ Drivers LIcence Class 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liv Walter

Liv Walters
Liv Walters

Liv is a passionate whitewater kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. She is currently the Canterbury Uni Canoe Club president and spends most of her free time organizing events and supporting the club. She grew up in Tasmania and started in the outdoor industry first in her hometown before moving to Christchurch in 2018.

 

Qualifications & Awards:

Certificate 3 in outdoor recreation, Tas TAFE, NZRA Raft 2, Wilderness First Aid, NZ Drivers Licence Class 1, PHEC.

 

 

 

 

Robbie Smith

Robbie Smith

Robbie enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, from roaming in the mountains, rock climbing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, and sailing. He is enthusiastic about getting people out and engaging with New Zealand’s diverse environment

Qualifications & Awards:

Bachelor in Sustainability and Outdoor Education, NZOIA Bush leader, NZOIA Rock leader, 2020 NZOIA tertiary award, first aid certificate, NZ drivers license class 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kieran Mckay

OENZ- Outdoor Education New Zealand
Keiran McKay

 

Kieran is one of  New Zealand’s most prolific and well-known cavers. He has remarkable achievements to his name, including discovering the deepest cave system in the southern hemisphere. Kieran has more than 30 years of experience in the New Zealand outdoors.

Qualifications & Awards:

NZOIA Cave1, NZOIA Cave2, NZOIA Cave Assessor, NZOIA Rock1, NZOIA Alpine1, NZOIA Alpine2, NZOIA Bush2, New Zealand drivers license class 1&2, Wilderness first aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Ball

Simon Ball

Simon’s passion for the outdoors has taken him all over the globe, originally from Australia he now calls NZ home. He’s most passionate about the mountains and has worked as a senior glacier guide in Mt Cook and guided on Fox Glacier.

Qualifications & Awards:

NZOIA Rock 1, NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide 1, PHEC, NZMGA Hard Ice Guide 2, Rope Rescue, Level 5 Avalanche Risk Management.

 

 

John Kirk-Anderson

John Kirk-Anderson

John has been sharing his experience and love of sea kayaking for more than 25 years in a diverse range of teaching situations in New Zealand and internationally. He believes good skills and preparedness are keys to successful and rewarding adventures on the water.

Qualifications & Awards:

NZOIA Sea Kayak 2 Assessor, British Canoe Union (BCU) Five Star (Sea) and Level Four Coach (Sea), Life Member Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers (KASK), PHEC, Wilderness First Responder.

 

 

 

 

 

Casual/Seasonal employment

If you are an outdoor instructor or guide and would like to work for us in the upcoming session, please contact our office for positions available.

We are always on the lookout for great people to join our team.

 


Contact us today

 

Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: [email protected]