Our People, ō tātou

Our friendly staff are here to help and will try their utmost to ensure that your whole experience from booking and planning through to your departure from the island (and everything in between), runs as smoothly as possible.


Facility Manager: Duncan Watson

With a background in corporate business, Duncan has been with the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp since 2005. Based on the mainland in Auckland, Duncan not only oversees all the bookings but also has the thankless job of finding funding for various projects and overall ensuring all aspects of the camp runs effectively. But don't let it be said that Duncan is all paperwork and finances, he is also a very accomplished sailor and regualrly competes in sailing regatta's that are both inshore and offhshore based. Duncan is also involved in the wider outdoor industry; this included being an elected member of the Outdoors New Zealand Board from 2011 - 2016.


Operations Manager: Kim Matheson

Kim’s passion and work history provide an excellent platform for her island based role as Operations Manager. Her contributions and knowledge base stems from previous experience in education, property valuation and project management combined with her own passion for the outdoors. She finds providing top quality customer services rewarding in this unique environment and natural wonderland. In her down time she enjoys water sports, bushwalking and enjoys playing a few tunes on her guitar. She is dedicated to conservation and is a nature lover at heart.

Maintenance Coordinator: Roger Humphis

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Roger brings with him a toolbox and passion for seeing children extend themselves and grow through experiencing the great outdoors in a safe camp environment. With extensive building maintenance experience centred on safety and compliance, and his experience in camp management and practises, he brings more than a hammer and nail to the table. Like any kiwi bloke in his downtime he enjoys the great outdoors.



Senior Instructor: Ollie Smith 

Hailing from the mediterranean country of Britain, Ollie loves travelling to different places and is truly passionate about educating outdoors and loves seeing the positive impact it has on people. When he's not teaching and entertaining, you can find him dangling from a rope, prancing up mountains and playing in the water. Achievements include but are not limited to: half marathon finisher, first recorded human to make a hat out of burdock leaves and Simon Pegg look alike. 




Senior Instructor: Shannon Atkins

Shannon is originally from the UK and having spent the last five years getting lost (and sometimes stuck) around the world, she accidentally fell in love with outdoor education. Before arriving in New Zealand she lived and worked in California, mainly teaching students how to shoot arrows and throw tomahawks, but had to sometimes wrangle rattle snakes and run scared from mountain lions (spoiler alert: they do chase you). When she's not instructing, she likes to hike and climb rocks to see how badly she can blister her feet and fingers, and always ensures she is within smelling distance of a Nando’s.



Instructor: Hannah Power 

Rock, water, fun, and sun loving. Anna with an H is a dashing 22yo woman with a passion for making others have an extra special outdoor experience. She’s got years of experience in rock climbing, kayaking, and a whole mess of other outdoor activities which is backed up by her diploma in outdoor instruction and management and her NZOIA qualifications gained at Ara Timaru. If she’s instructing you, you’re having a good time.


Instructor: Sonia Jane Murray

Sonia is a perfect example of the impact our instructors have on students here at MOEC. After coming here in year 12 as a student herself, Sonia was inspired to explore this industry and has recently just finished her Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education. She now comes to us as an instructor to inspire more kids in the same way she once was! Her passions involve exploring in the mountains and splashing about the ocean. Her favourite spot that she has explored so far has to be Angelus Hut in Nelson Lakes.




But Wait there is more...

We also hire instructors on a contractual basis and bring them in when extra staff are required. All our instructors whether permanent or contract, must go through a rigorous selection and training regime. They are assessed and appraised regularly on both theoretical and practical aspects of each activity, ensuring that best industry practice is maintained in all areas.


Want to join our awesome team?!?!

We are always looking to add more fun faces to our MOEC family! See our job vacancies page for more information!