Kathryn Wood NZCSci, CMgt | SSStJohn
Founder & Coordinator of Auckland Challenge
Kathryn established Auckland Challenge almost 18 years ago to cater for the needs of the Award and its participants in Auckland. Thanks to her vision, thousands of young New Zealanders have successfully achieved their Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
Kathryn is passionate at making the Award and the great outdoors accessible for all. As Coordinator Kathryn is responsible for all aspects of Auckland Challenges day to day operations.
Gemma Thompson BSp | NZMSC Outdoor Leader | Outdoor First Aid Cert
Gemma has been involved with D of E first as a participant completing Bronze, Silver & Gold. She has been an influential instructor and administrator with ACI since it was established and continues helping the organisation to grow today as Expedition Coordinator. Outside of D of E Gemma achieved her Grand Prior Award through St. John, a bachelor of Sport, has young family and coaches gymnastics. Her other interests include rock climbing, family and loving the outdoors anyway possible. For more stories catch up with Gemma on an adventure sometime
Joanna Stevens BA(German linguistics), GDipTchg, DipChildrensLit,
Joanna is the legend that keeps our formalities, members and staff in order. Her organisational skills are valued by us more than she knows and members often have no idea this instrumental ACI family member exists. Her spare time is kept fully utilised bringing up her two young, bright adventurers and spending time with family. If you're ever on the phone to Jo; don't forget to thank her for us all.
Craig Smith BPhEd (Hons 1st Class) | NZMSC Outdoor Leader | Outdoor First Aid Cert
Past Achievements: Gold DofE | Bush Instructor
Best outdoor moment ever: Swimming in the Caples river at the secret spot
How you got involved in with ACI: I got involved with ACI after being a participant. Been instructing for 8 years
My interests outside of ACI: Rugby cricket and teaching
Chris Stagg BSpRec, PgDipComm | NZMSC Outdoor Leader | NZOIA Kayak 1 | CRNZ Level 1 Coach | Outdoor First Aid Cert
Expedition Leader & Communications Advisor
Past Achievements: Bronze, Silver & Gold DofE | Queens Scout
Best outdoor moment ever: This isn't a fair question; but the stories gained are everything.
How you got involved in with ACI: I did my Silver and Gold with ACI and started instructing during this time. I have been instructing with ACI for 6 years.
My interests outside of ACI: Kayaking, web media, spending time with friends and family as much as possible!
Daniel Scholes Bush Leader (NZOIA) | Outdoor First Aid Cert
Past Achievements: Bronze, Silver & Gold DoE, Bush Leader, Auckland LandSAR
Best outdoor moment: Exploring the valley surrounding the Blue Lake, Nelson Lakes National Park.
How did you get involved with ACI: I did my Bronze through to my Gold with ACI then I started instructing; I've been doing this for three years.
My interests outside of ACI: Tramping, reading, and many other things.
Eloise Wright Outdoor First Aid Cert | currently undergoing NZMSC Outdoor Leader & BSpRec
Past achievements: Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Ed
Best outdoor moment ever: There have been too many! For stories you'll have to catch up with me sometime ...
How I got involved with Auckland Challenge: I got involved as a participant at Bronze and after I finished my Gold I expressed an interest in instructing. I have now been instructing for 3 years.
My interests outside of ACI: Kayaking, swimming, teaching, and baking.