Work Ready NZ 

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Our Team

Our Team

Work Ready is all about the people. Our team is our whānau and each member contributes in their own special and unique way. We are incredibly passionate about helping to support each and every individual on their journey forward in life.

Work Ready has significant experience working in the commercial, government and educational sector providing work readiness support. Our experience provides our customers with confidence, new training and work ideas and great documents so they can make their next move with confidence.

Many of our consultancy staff are members or have leadership roles with the Career Development Association of New Zealand.

Lisa Halvorson


Lisa formed Work Ready in 2015 with the ambition of improving peoples work lives. She instills her can-do attitude into everything she does. Before Work Ready, she was an Operations Manager with one of New Zealand’s largest manufacturing corporates. Currently, she is the chairperson for Education to Employment in Northland and Northland Brand of Career Development Association New Zealand.

Lisa is an avid walker, hiker, and general life go-getter.

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Rachel Miller

Executive Assistant/Administration Support

After a complete career change from the tourism industry, Rachel has adapted her corporate travel background to bring her fabulous customer service skills and vibrant personality to the Work Ready team.

Rachel loves her fitness and from time to time a chocolate fish.

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Monique Wheat

Admin Support

Monique’s career journey ventures beyond the ordinary, encompassing experiences like tree-hugging, a one-time tank-driving adventure, and ecological consulting in New Zealand. Alongside these exciting pursuits, she has adeptly managed bustling offices, exhibiting a natural talent for team coordination and adeptly managing the finer details.

A connoisseur of carrot cake crowned with generous layers of icing; Monique finds solace in the simple pleasures of a steaming hot coffee. Embracing rural living, she thrives on outdoor escapades, whether traversing sandy shores or venturing deep into the bush.

With a passion for adventure and a penchant for organisation, Monique infuses every endeavour with her unique blend of energy and efficiency.

Marama Haretuku

Careers Work and Cadetships

Marama Haretuku is passionate about helping others and has worked closely with clients of all ages and backgrounds, from youth to the elderly.

With a range of skills that I have learnt over the years of working in different industries. Always looking at ways to learn and develop in spaces I stand. With a new hikoi in careers, I endeavour to leave people better than how the arrive to me.

Things I like:

  • Helping people
  • Enjoy my quiet Introspective time
  • Learning, reflection and development
  • Creating and achieving goals
  • Enjoying good conversation over kai

Nikki Innes

CV Services

With a background in teaching and physical education, Nikki is motivated to give clients the best experience when it comes to preparing for and finding employment. Always excited to learn new skills and upskill, her organised approach to work and life motivates those around her to do the same!

Nikki is a gym goer and enjoys spending time with her family.

Alysha Phillips

Vocational Rehabilitation

Alysha’s background is vocational rehabilitation, adult teaching and science.

She originally trained in Science at Canterbury university before moving into education, careers and rehabilitation.

Alysha is a lover of coffee, the beach and empowering people.


Fiona Anquetil

Admin Support including Health and Safety

Be yourself … everyone else is taken! – Oscar Wilde

My background is in Customer Service, Administration, Recruitment/Resumes, HR, Health and Safety, with experience in supporting others and helping people to achieve.

I am looking forward to working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and skillsets. I enjoy the Northland lifestyle of fishing, horse-riding, walking and great food!

Carl Needham

Driving Instructor

As a Driving Instructor I am extremely passionate about the safety of our people on our roads.

I have extensive knowledge of the road code and test criteria, I am here to help our whanau in any way I can and to help them gain their licence and become safe drivers.

Pauly Selkirk

Driving Instructor

Ko Pauly Selkirk Tōku Ingoa. Originally from Dargaville, I live in Whangarei with my wife Sharlene and I have two adult children. I enjoy hunting, gathering, and camping. I left school at 14 to do a panelbeating apprenticeship, then moved into the dairy industry for 25 years driving milk tankers.

I aim to use my drivinng experience to help young adults to be safe drivers while they gain their Class 1 licence. I plan to gain my 0 endorsement to help interested students move into the Heavy Vehicle industry from Class 1 Full to Classes 2-6.

Emily Thistlethwaite

Driver Licensing Co-Ordinator

After going straight into mahi from school I realised I wanted to do something where I was helping people every day as well as being able to work in an organised space. I enjoy getting out into nature, exercising, and connecting with my family and friends.

I am hoping to gain experience, knowledge, and great memories from the Work Ready team.

Pi-Ne Joyce

Te Ara Tautoko (Pathway Support), Mid-North

I am a father of six children, and have been happily married for 23 years. I am a high priest for the LDS Church, an NZCF CUCDR Flying Officer (Air Forces) and a New Zealand Māori carver.

I aim to help my community, and aso help the youth and leaders of tomorrow. I hope to share my knowledge to help others.

Darrah Rihari-Cook

Te Ara Tautoko (Pathway Support)

Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou – Pursue knowledge for the sake of your well-being.

Kia ora! Ko Darrah Rihari-Cook toku ingoa. I am a seasoned commercial diver with 11 years of experience exploring the depths of the ocean. Over the last 7 years, I have taken on the role of a dive supervisor, overseeing operations across various locations in Australia. My professional journey has been diverse, rooted primarily in the realm of construction.
Beyond my work in the underwater world, I have found a new and fulfilling opportunity to make a positive impact. I am now dedicating my skills and knowledge to working with rangatahi, aspiring to inspire and nurture their growth. It’s a privilege to contribute to the development of the next generation.

Rebecca Joyce

Te Ara Tautoko (Pathway Support), Mid-North
Admin Support

To help feed the mustard seed. To see it grow and prosper with support, love and patience.

I come from a large family and now have a loving husband with eight tamariki. I love whanaungatanga, engaging, supporting and leading. I’ve grown and lived in Kaikohe all my life. I love our community and enjoy working with youth, “Our Leaders of Tomorrow”.

I want to be a part of change. A positive change in our students learning, their environment, their whanau lives.

Chris Kanuta

Employment Navigator

I am very much family orientated, and am 49yrs old with three sons as well as one granddaughter. I have been in Auckland for the last 30 years, and recently moved home to the Bay of Islands to be closer to family.

I have worked with Rangatahi for half of my life, and my role varies from driving, and now upskilling, to help facilitate the Council Cadetship. I am always learning and keen to just give things a go. Whatever I lack in experience I make up for with hard work!

Missy Hampson

Kaiwhakahaere Rangatahi
Manager – Youth Services

Missy has over 10 years’ experience in Banking, Account Management and supporting Community Groups.  Passionate about supporting our people towards better pathways, linking supports, and growing our people.  Enjoys connecting with our Youth and our Communities.  Journey with the Work Ready whanau for almost 6 years supporting Youth in Northland.

In my spare time – I love being with my family, fishing, spear fishing, diving, paddle boarding and hunting. I love the outdoors and being creative.


Trudy Watson

Driver – Tūranga

Originally from Dannevirke, I’ve called Paihia home since ’95, managing a souvenir shop for 24 years. With two builder sons, one in Canada, and three adorable grandchildren, joy knows no bounds. After a hiatus, I returned to Turanga, now joyously driving and mentoring our clients, nurturing their growth towards excellence.

Clive Campbell

Employment/Pathway Solutions Facilitator

Proud Maori from Te Uri O Tai, Te Aupouri and Ngati Hine.
Passionate about empowering our people to take an active interest in their own self development and efforts to move forward in life. Here to help our rangatahi develop skills and confidence to take on life and gain employment or move into further study.

Roxy Kopa


Kia ora! I’m Roxy. I am the lead administrator at Tūranga Waipapa. I have a background in healthcare and business management, yet my most proud title is “māmā.”

I hope to build more knowledge and understanding of the needs of our rangatahi and do our best to have them thrive!

Gloria Pedro

Team Leader
Attendance Services

Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Ko Gloria Pedro tenei.

I have two wonderful daughters who have blessed me with beautiful mokos. I like to identify myself as from Ngati Fruit Salad, because I like to acknowledge all my ancestors that played a part as to why I’m here today.

I am very passionate and love supporting people. I have been an attendance advisor since 2012 and I enjoy supporting our youth to engage and continue engaging in some form of education. I hope to gain more knowledge in better ways to support children and their whanau to succeed in life, while fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.

Selina Murray

Attendance Services

Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Ko Selina Murray tenei.

I have in the past year and a half, had the honour to work as an Attendance Advisor within Te Tai Tokerau, supporting our whanau and their tamariki in transitioning back into school or some form of education. The best part about this mahi for me, is making connections, building trust and forming lifetime relationships.

I love to cook, travel, am always keen to be adventurous and willing to give things a go, even if it is a first time. I love to serve in my church and community. Giving back to others is a reward of its own. Last but not least, I love spending quality time with my family.

John Manga 

Attendance Services, Far North

I have worked primarily in telecommunications and a short time as a mortgage broker, as well as experience working with youth in training programmes. 

I lived in Melbourne for 29 years and returned to New Zealand 7 years ago. I have also supported young people here in New Zealand into employment.

I love having the opportunity to support people to make positive changes in their lives, learn new things and to help them grow. I also want to learn new things and grow as a person.

Darrylene Sunnex

Attendance Services

Kia ora koutou ko Darrylene Sunnex toku ingoa

I am blessed to be a part of the Attendance Service team with ARA Whakamaua. My role is very rewarding to me as I have a passion working with our akonga to help guid them on a positive education pathway offering them the right tools and skills for a successful future. I love to network and connect with people from all walks of life absorbing extra knowledge along the way.

Outside of work hours I enjoy going on adventures with my family, running my small teeth whitening & tooth gem business and keeping fit by running the roads.

Jade Makiri

Attendance Services

Ko Jade Makiri tōku ingoa.

Most of my adult life has been centered around the CrossFit Industry, through this I have helped many people from all walks of life take on their own Physical and Mental fitness journey.

Through my time in CrossFit, I have gained a passion for working with Youth, and intend on applying my skills, attributes, and knowledge into focusing on the potential the youth I work with have, also highlighting that positive role models can help with positive outcomes.

You can’t CHANGE the people around you, but you can change the PEOPLE around you.

Delia Manukau

Attendance Services

Kia Ora my name is Delia Manukau, I was brought up in Welsford but have since lived in Hibiscus Coast (for 20+ years), Ahipara and Kaitaia, where I have been living for the last 1.5 years. I have a son and three beautiful grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years of age. I enjoy spending time with my whanau and friends, love fishing, swimming, gardening and cooking. I take time to reflect spiritually.

I am looking forward to learning from my co-workers ad contribute to delivering exceptional experiences to the clients, and I am excited to be part of a team that consistently strives to help our Tamariki and community.

Alison Frayne

Te Ara Tautoko (Pathway Support), Far-North

I want to learn, grow, and help the Rangatahi in my community. I love to see others thrive and do well in life.

I love to head to the beach with a book to relax and enjoy what the beach has to offer that day. Music and travel makes me happy.

Mitchell Collier

Alt Education, Far North

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori
The language is the life essence of Māori existence

Kia ora. I grew up with my grandparents working the land and sea. I worked in the mines FIFO for 12 years. I moved home in 2015 for a career change to kaiako/teacher of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga which I am passionate about. I enjoy diving and fishing in my spare time.

Chris Topi

Alt Education, Far North

Hikurangi te maunga
Ikateretere te awa
Taipa te marae
Tokerau te moana
Parata te tangata
Mamaru te waka
Ko Chris toku ingoa

In my spare time I enjoy making miniature wire trees. I hope to gain peace and harmony in my time working with Work Ready NZ.

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