Ako Ōtautahi
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...

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 ...

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...

Hafsa Ahmed


Lecturer - Lincoln University
Dr Hafsa Ahmed is a lecturer at Lincoln University with expertise in managing change, stakeholder engagement and project management. She has p...

Erica Austin


CEO and Founder - E.A.Curation
Erica Austin is a multipotentialite – person with multiple passions – experience curator, community weaver, lifelong learner, facili...

Ben Reed


Managing Director - HamiltonJet
Ben originates from the UK where he studied Mechanical Engineering and worked for 20 years prior to coming to NZ.  The majority of this time was...

Leona Harris

Regional Digital Equity Coordinator

Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch
With a background in education, Leona recently completed her PhD on the linguistic landscapes (physical and virtual) of young emergent multiling...

Victoria Nebbeling

Ōtautahi Learning Activator

Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch
Victoria is a coordinator, community organiser, gardener and volunteer. She moved to Ōtautahi in 2020 after spending 6 years overseas,...

Youri Oh

Ōtautahi Learning Days Activator

Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch
Youri is a researcher, coordinator and radio broadcaster. Her interests lie in the field of social research, including food, consumption, migrat...

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...

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...

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...

Phil Garing

Advisory Trustee

Founder and Chief Executive - Synapsys
Founder and Chief Executive of Synapsys 

Robin Sutton

Advisory Trustee

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...

Joanne McEachen


CEO and Founder of The Learner First
Joanne McEachen (Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, and Ngāi Tahu) is the CEO and Founder of The Learner First (USA/Australia...

Liz Brown

Advisory Trustee

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

Advisory Trustee

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

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!