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Learning City Christchurch Team

Cheryl Doig


Leadership Futurist - Think Beyond
Dr Cheryl Doig is a leadership futurist with a passion for supporting leaders and organisations to think differently in order to adapt to a rapi...

Beth Walters

Youth Advisory Trustee

Youth Mentor/Leader
Beth grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Ōtautahi and attended Aranui High School. After working overseas in education Beth returned to Christchur...

Mahlon Saumalu

Youth Advisory Trustee

South Island Youth Advisor for the Electoral Commission
Mahlon is a young Christchurch born Samoan with a heart and passion for the people and communities around him. He is currently a South Island Yo...

Atarau Hamilton

Youth Advisory Trustee

Community Engagement | Ōtautahi
Atarau Hamilton-Fuller (from the tribes of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngaa Rauru, Ngāti Raukawa) has experience in youth & community planning, leaders...

Louisa Bangma


Business Manager - Recalibrate Ltd. Event Manager – Future of Learning
Louisa is the Business and Project Manager of Recalibrate, an IT Management Consultancy, and Event Manager of  T...

Liz Brown


Te Amokapua Māori Tuarua, Deputy Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - University of Canterbury
Ko Nuku Mānia te maunga Ko Orakaia te awa Ko Te Waihora te hāpua Ko Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe me Waitaha ngā iwi Ko Moki te m...

Pene Abbie


Principal, Paparoa Street School
Pene is an educator and is currently working as Principal at Paparoa Street Primary School.

Robin Sutton


Principal, Te Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka Hornby High School
Robin has worked in education and the not for profit sector during a forty year career. He taught at Hornby High School in the late 90s before b...

Phil Garing


Founder and Chief Executive - Synapsys
With a background in law and tertiary education, Phil has worked widely in Learning and Development across Government, commercial and educationa...
Elle Archer

Elle Archer


Director I Innovator I Educator I Technologist I Speaker
Elle is passionate about helping to create purpose-driven, connective, collaborative, and innovative communities. She ...

Our ways of working together and with others:

Learning City Christchurch is focused on Equity, Access and Innovation.



We support projects that aim to reduce poverty and enable learners to be successful. We support the development of social capital - creating new links across the city using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations as a framework. We focus on collaboration rather than competition for the benefit of all.



All people should have access to learning. This includes intergenerational learning and inclusion.
We create opportunities for families to explore learning experiences together and help individuals and groups to connect while supporting them to do their own work.



This includes transformation and disruption of things that are not working, creation of new ideas and opportunities and acting on these. We target future-focused approaches to learning, use of technology to support learning and the fostering of city-wide dispositions that are agile and adaptive. We encourage creativity and fun.


Aligned and influenced by sustainability...

Learning City Christchurch is strongly aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and we’re actively encouraging individuals and organisations to consider how these impact on their practice and direction. How can we all work together to make it work!