Parenting Week Speakers

Dr Sue Bagshaw

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Sue Bagshaw has 4 adult children and 6 mokopuna, she  works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a one stop community youth health centre for 10-25 year olds, which she helped to set up, now under a new trust called Korowai Youth Well-being Trust.  She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine.

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Tracey Beard

Tracey Beard is a Career Expert, Strategist and Coach who focuses on helping students and young adults aged 16-25 years to progress from high school to a career that makes them happy! She is changing the way that parents and young adults approach the career exploration process, using contemporary online tools and powerful coaching that challenges old paradigms and advocates for the child. Having taken 15 years to find her ‘why’ in the world of work and being a parent of young adults herself, she knows the challenges that parents and young adults face in making good decisions about career and study options beyond high school. Tracey has coached more than 3000 students across New Zealand and her work has featured in the Latitude Magazine and Northern Outlook newspaper, leading to a Professional Services Award in the North Canterbury Business Awards. Tracey believes that knowledge is power, and when you know better you do better, so she is passionate about ensuring that young adults build their awareness of themselves, so they can do great work!

Chris Bowden

Dr Chris Bowden

Dr. Chris Bowden(PhD in Health, MA, BA HonsI) is a lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches in the area of child and adolescent development and mental health and supervises students in the Masters of Educational Psychology programme. His areas of expertise include learning, motivation, child and adolescent mental health, coping and resiliency.

Chris delivers professional development and education to a wide range of education, health and social service providers. He is an advocate of gender-responsive, problem-solving and solutions-focused approaches. 

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Emma Chivers and Rachel Sangster are Clifton Strengths ™ Accredited Coaches with many years of experience with individuals and groups in a wide range of contexts. They both love to inspire adults, young people and children to be the best them they can be and have found CliftonStrengths ™  to be a wonderful  tool for helping to create healthy individuals and strong families and teams.

Erin Enright

Erin Enright

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My personal journey is key in driving me to want to educate young girls, enlighten their caregivers and to help spread understanding of Menstrual Well-being.

Currently, I am studying towards a Master of Health Science at Canterbury University, I  have a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics from Otago University, and in an earlier life, I was an IT business analyst!

Hobbies that help keep me sane include trail-running, yoga, gardening, home decorating and collecting all things vintage. I live in the Port Hills, Christchurch with my husband and two children and tackle all things with enthusiasm and a sense of fun.


Catherine Gallagher and Jo Bader

Catherine Gallagher is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, MNZCCP, MA(Hons). She has worked in both public and private work settings, primarily focused on child and family issues. Currently she has a small private practice and is also the clinical practice manager at START.

Jo Bader is a social worker of 18 year’s experience in the NGO sector. She has worked at Methodist Mission and St John of God Waipuna Hauora Trust, before joining the START team in 2015.

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Jenny Hale

Jenny Hale is our Senior Family Coach and we’ve been lucky enough to have her on our team for 19 years now. Once upon a time, Jenny was a teacher. These days, she spends her time supporting our team of Family Coaches, training new ones, and travelling around the country talking in preschools, schools and churches. She loves working with families and helping them find solutions to the challenges they face with behaviour and parenting.

Jenny has been married to Stuart for 40 years and adores being a grandma to her grandkids. She needs a support group so she can stop buying books for them. She’d love to raise free-range chickens, write children’s books and perhaps even take up horse-riding again.


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Jax Hamilton



With 2 best selling cookbooks under her belt; the face of Countdown’s successful Feed 4 for $15 everyday meals campaign and her own regular inspiring website with hints and tips, Jax is all about great, seasonal ingredients and reinventing incredible meals from your own stocked pantry, to inspire you and your family, without jumping in the car and picking up one off / one use expensive items.

As a mother and businesswoman, Jax loves to present quick and simple meals that will inspire you to think out of the box; satisfy your family and friends, but mostly to empower you to feel good about creating gorgeous dishes, filling exciting lunch boxes, tricking fussy teenagers by providing food with personality from your own garden, pantry and kitchen.

She started cooking for her family of 8 from the age of 7 years old and hailing from East London, with Jamaican heritage, Jax is able to pull on a wealth of culinary skills and knowledge, which she blends with Kiwi ingredients, Jamaican personality and English banter.

Prepare yourself for giggles and nibbles.

Tim Heidman

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Tim has been engaging in public speaking since 2012 and in that time has developed a positive reputation for his practical, down-to-earth and, at times, humorous talks on a range of topics related to parenting and behaviour management strategies.

Tim Heidmann has been working with children and young people for over 25 years. He works as a Resource Teacher of Learning & Behaviour (RTLB) and on any given day can be found in any of 38 North Canterbury Schools supporting teachers, whanau and students to manage and respond to challenging behaviours.

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Celia Hogan

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As a facilitator of outdoor and nature-based learning, Celia inspires Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Primary teachers to look beyond the day-to-day challenges and find outdoor learning opportunities where kids can blossom.  Celia originally studied outdoor recreation and adult education. For the past 20 years she has worked for a variety of outdoor education organisations internationally, setting up, developing and running outdoor programmes, wilderness expeditions, leadership development programmes and establishing risk management and safety systems. Now with two wild preschoolers herself she wants to share her passion for getting children outdoors and into nature. 

Celia currently runs a bush kindy play session each week and runs Nature Education training, workshops and conferences. She is also focused on changing legislation in ECE to enable full time nature kindergartens to start here in NZ.   


Mike King


In a past life, Mike was one of NZ’s most well known entertainers, but that role has changed dramatically since the conception of the radio show The Nutters Club back in 2009. The show evolved from Mike’s own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success with it now airing weekly on Newstalk ZB on a Sunday evening.

These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and Ambassador for The Key to Life Charitable Trust, which aims to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting positive social change.

Mike’s uses an unorthodox approach when talking to youth and wider communities sharing his struggles with his inner critic and allowing people to recognise that everyone has problems and it is ok to ask for help.

Although suicide prevention is the big picture, Mike doesn’t actively discuss it choosing to concentrate on delivering a hopeful message and connecting people, services and resources within the community.

Akira Le Fevre

Akira Le Fevre




Akira Le Fevre is a health promoter for Family Planning working alongside community groups, schools and educational institutes to promote and advance sexual and reproductive health through the delivery and facilitation of programmes. In his role he provides training to teachers in using the Family Planning resource “Navigating the Journey” within their schools to teach Sexuality and Relationship Education as part of the NZ Curriculum.

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Liz McNaughton

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Liz is currently a Deputy Principal at Waitaha School. She has 28 years of teaching experiences. and has taught within mainstream, special education schools and was a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) for 6 years.  While as an RTLB Liz became involved in the Reducing Stress Research Project with Dr Kathleen Liberty and Maureen Allan.  She led the Replication Project which involved 8 Schools, 6 Kindergartens and 14 Preschools in the East of Christchurch and was involved in creating the Webinars called “Your Child & Stress – let’s fix this mess.”

Anna Mowat

Anna Mowat

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Anna works as part of the team behind the All Right? Campaign, actively supporting wellbeing at a community level in fun, light and innovative ways. Her predominant work with All Right? is as the advisor, content writer for All Right? Parenting and Sparklers. Anna is also working as part of the Canterbury District Health Board and Auckland University collaboration co-designing an app developed to help Canterbury parents support their children with emotional regulation.  She is an imperfect Mum to three girls on a personal mission to ensure no parent ever feels ‘alone’.

Anna co-directs Real Parents Ltd with Dean Sutherland, South Island providers of the Incredible Years Parenting programmes for the Ministry of Education.

John Parsons

John Parsons

John Parsons is an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant to schools the private sector and the health sector, providing specialist advice and direction on the safe use of Digital Communication Technology.

He delivers cyber safety workshops to those who work with young people in areas of health, education and safety. John also delivers parent/caregiver cyber safety workshops through school or community based initiatives.

John also works with individuals, young people and families who have become ensnared by predatory adults across digital networks, those who have been cyber abused and children and youth who abuse others using online technologies.

He is New Zealand’s leading authority on Safeguarding children online. John is a published author and signed copies of his book Keeping Your Children Safe Online will be available during the session.

Karen Riley

Karyn Riley

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Parent educator and well-being specialist Karyn Riley helps stay-at-home and working mums have time for their priorities, rediscover their identity, build strong relationships and live the life they want. 

Karyn is a Christchurch-based speaker, author of “How to Keep the YOU in Mum”, contributing writer and mother of two. 


Jim Sole



Jim has specialised in the Family Harm sector since 2000. He has held a variety of roles within the sector and worked nationally and overseas. In 2010 he was awarded a Queens Service Medal for services to family violence. 

Jim joined Brainwave in 2009 and has presented to a variety of audiences on the Early Years and Teenage Brain. These have included parent groups, public presentations, ECE and schools, The Psychologist Society, Teen Parent Units, Christchurch Prisons, Stopping Violence Services and Refuge. 

His focus is on providing practical advice about what really matters in the early years, and supporting parents and whānau to make positive choices. He likes to share stories and share a laugh through the presentation.

Amanda Staniford

Amanda Staniford



Your life line for this life time!  A holistic educator who continually expands what is possible! A parent who only ever listened to her own internal voice on her parenting journey. 

Creator and founder of Amanda Staniford Coaching, Kids Life Academy and Dream Divas she is the drama teacher that is drama free! Her approach to life has always been believe in yourself and go for the dream. This is approach is what sets her apart from others. 

She will show you in an interactive and fun approach how to regain some order and understanding in your parenting role.

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Dean Sutherland

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First and foremost, Dean has over 20 years of experience as a parent of 3 children. He is also a Speech-language therapist and a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury. He is passionate about helping children and adults understand and develop the art of communication.

In these workshops Dean will share his top tips for communicating and connecting with your children and teenagers – to help get through difficult times.

Dean co-directs Real Parents Ltd with Anna Mowat, South Island providers of the Incredible Years Parenting programmes for the Ministry of Education.

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Pio Terei




Much loved comedian, actor and singer Pio Terei MNZM, has made a career out of using his talents to charm and delight audiences across a host of TV shows and live performances. A two-time NZ Film Awards Best Comedy Performer, Pio’s work has taken him across the breadth of Aotearoa where he has met many interesting characters.

Pio has been part of the Parenting Place whānau since 2002, presenting his now well-known Parenting with Pio Show, and more recently playing a lead role in the development of Building Awesome Whānau. Through his shows and speaking engagements, Pio continues to spread the message that with aroha, we can all be awesome, loving whānau.

Julie Williams

Julie Williams



Julie has been working at Kingdom Resources as a  Financial Mentor  (Budget Advisor) for 15+yrs. Over this time she has dealt with a wide variety of clients, including working alongside families who are dealing with mental health issues, addictions, abuse and homelessness.

Throughout this time she has gained some great tools for families and individuals to help manage their cash flow, live in a more sustainable way and not worry so much about money.

Having taken her own experience of raising a teenager and a young son so she knows the highs and lows of juggling things on a tight income and making tough decisions to make the budget work. And she knows not one size fits all!

Dahlia Xander

Dahlia Xander

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Dahlia Xander is the Manager of Pregnancy Help Canterbury. She has a background in education, administration, birth advocacy and antenatal instruction.

Dahlia has a passion for helping families navigate the complex change that comes with becoming a parent, and nurturing the confidence to parent with love.