Our Staff


Practice Operations Manager - Toni Tinirau

He mihi mui ki a koutou! Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu to Awa, Ko Ngati Porou raua Ngati Hamoa te iwi, Ko Otautahi ahau, Ko Toni Tinirau toku ingoa. I am seconded for 6 months as the organisations Practice Operations Manager. I have worked in Whānau Ora for over 15 years and in social services and supports for over 20 years. My focus is hauora Māori and growing strong communities. My ‘wai’ is my own whānau and all that incompasses their needs.  I have a postgraduate diploma in Health Sciences, am a registered clinical supervisior and registered practitioner with Drug and Alchol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ) and an approved ISSC provider with ACC.

Social Worker - Meg

Kia ora,

My name is Meg and I am a social worker here at Cholmondeley. I originally hail from a little coastal village just north of Dunedin but have been settled here in Ōtautahi for a while now and I think my heart has decided to call it home.

I have been privileged to work in the space of child and family social work for the past several years and am passionate about seeing Aotearoa’s young people recognise and activate their unique strengths. It is exciting to now be a part of the team here at Cholmondeley and supporting our whānau to thrive.

When I’m not working you can find me either chasing the best second-hand deal or a spectacular view.


Care Coordinator - Melanie Gresty

Hi there, 

My name is Melanie but most people call me Mel. I am from England originally but moved to New Zealand in January 2010 

I live with my hubby Steve (who is the caretaker here at Cholmondeley) and my son Elliott. I have a daughter too who is travelling around the world at the moment. In my spare time i enjoy walking around the Port Hills, exploring the beautiful South Island and watching movies. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you guys and introducing you to the fun cool things we do here at Cholmondeley. 


Caretaker - Steve Gresty


My name is Steve and I am the caretaker at Cholmondeley. 

If you see anything that needs fixing, just let me know. I am from the UK but moved to New Zealand in January 2010. I am married to Mel, who also works her and have a son & daughter. 

I am a very passionate Manchester City and England fan but I enjoy watching most sports. I also like tramping, exploring New Zealand with my family and secretly am a Star Wars geek. 


Child & Youth care Team Leader - Lisa Hurry

Kia ora,

I'm Lisa a Team Leader here at Cholmondeley. I work directly with the tamariki,  supporting them to make the most of their stay and the opportunities presented. I'm passionate about making sure each child has the opportunity to "shine" in whatever form that may be. 

Before joining Cholmondeley I worked in an education setting for many years supporting tamariki in all areas of their education from reading writing and maths, through to cooking, gardening and wellbeing. I have a strong belief in children being able to follow their own passions and curiosities, through these allowing them to build self-confidence and pride.  

When I'm not at Cholmondeley I enjoy sharing time with my family and friends, walking my two dogs, being in my vegetable garden, drawing and reading.  

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Child and Youth Care Team Leader - Holly Heeringa

My Name is Holly, and I am a Child and Youth Care Team Leader here at Cholmondeley. I love my role and the privilege I  have of  working alongside the children. My role changes daily, from going on adventures with the children around the local area, to sitting and playing Lego with a child chatting about anything from life to telling riddles.

Previously to this role I worked as a Youth worker, a Children's Football Coach and did voluntary work overseas.

When I'm not at Cholmondeley, I enjoy spending time with my Husband, watching movies, going for walks with our little Dog or doing DIY projects around the house. 

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Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Alice Moore

Kia Ora Koutou

Ko Alice toku ingoa. I am one of the Child Youth Care Practitioners  here at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. I work here part time and am also studying a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at The University of Canterbury.

I enjoy adventuring and spending time in the great outdoors- and what a pleasure it is to be able to do that with the wonderful tamariki at CCC. When I am not at work or studying, you’ll likely find me out for brunch with some girlfriends, spending time with my husband James and our families, or out on an adventure with friends.

I look forward to meeting you and showing you all the wonderful things we get up to here at Cholmondeley!


Child and Youth Care Practitioner - Chloe Mikaera

Tena kotu katoa

Ko Puhangatohora te Maunga

Ko Punakitere the Awa

Ko Okorihi te Marae

Ko Ngatiueoneone te Hapu

Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi

No Otautahi ahau

Ko Brent Mikaera raua ko Kirsten Mikaera oku Matua

Ko Chloe Mikaera toku ingoa


My name is Chloe and I am working at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre as a CYCP. As I am just finishing a degree in Sociology, Human Services and Maori and Indigenous Studies I am feeling so grateful that I am getting to put these learnt skills into action. I love taking part in outdoor activities and all sorts of sports in my spare time so I love running round with all the kids and having a heap of fun whilst doing it.


Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Jon Whaanga-Chapman

Tena koutou katoa e te iwi

Ko Jon toku ingoa, no Ngati Rongomaiwahine ahau. Ko au te reo o nga tamariki o te wa o muri nei.

I am a Kaiawhina at Cholmondeley Childrens Centre and have been since February. Prior to this I was a Youth Worker for a number of years at a residence specializing in therapeutic intervention. My strengths lie in adventure based learning, te mahi I roto I Te Ao Maori, building positive rapport and trust with our tamariki, playing and creating music and cooking/baking. I do this mahi because its an honor in itself to be part of someone’s hikoi ki te Ao Marama.

He waka eke noa