Our Organisation

About REAP’s

There are 13 Rural Education Activity Programmes (REAP’s) in Aotearoa / New Zealand. The first REAP was set up in 1979 and the last in 1982. REAP’s provide a cradle-to-the-grave educational resource to rural communities, supporting a life-long learning approach.

Each REAP area chosen was remote from major education providers. Each also had significantly large numbers of very small schools, area schools and rural high schools which found it difficult to provide an acceptable range of optional subjects.

Nationally REAP’S are based in Buller (Westport), Central King Country (Taumarunui), Central Otago (Alexandra), Central Plateau (Taupo), Eastbay (Whakatane), Far North (Kaitaia), Marlborough (Blenheim), Ruapahu (Taihape), Southern (Winton), Tairawhiti (Gisborne), Tararua (Dannevirke), Wairarapa (Masterton), and Westland (Hokitika). REAP’s are supported by a National Executive – REAPANZ (Aotearoa New Zealand). p>

Financial Members

Buller REAP is an Incorporated Society. As such, an annual financial and statement of performance audit is carried out. Financial members are eligible to be nominated for a position on the Executive board. As a financial member of Buller REAP you will be kept up to date with the activities of REAP. You will also be entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting.

For more information about the benefits of becoming a financial member of Buller REAP contact us.

Our Team

Ray Curnow

Ray Curnow

Chief Executive
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Sylvia James

Sylvia James

ECE, Family Programmes
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Cathy Moynihan

Cathy Moynihan

ECE Educator
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Christine Berry

Christine Berry

Finance Officer
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Tink Shadbolt

Tink Shadbolt

Youth Coach
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Linda Webb

Linda Webb

Community Devt
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Amy Akehurst

Amy Akehurst

Receptionist/Admin
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Steven Woodcock

Steven Woodcock

Youth Coach
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Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill

ACE Coordinator
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Matiu Lattin

Matiu Lattin

Youth Support Leader
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Board Members

  • Mary-Rose O’Loughlin (Chair) – Early Childhood Education Sector
  • Karen Wells (Deputy Chair) – Secondary Education Sector
  • Cath O’Loughlin – Primary Education Sector
  • Ned Tauwhare – Treaty Partner
  • Tui Marama – Youth Community
  • Caroline Jones – Karamea Community
  • Tracey McEwing – Northern Buller Community
  • Beth Barrett- Murchison Community
  • Arya Gower – Co-opted Member
  • Sylvia James – Staff