A BIT ABOUT US

Ambury Park Centre has developed programmes that include physiological and psychological therapies and educational, work training and social development. These are run from our beautiful park grounds, with our large indoor arena and our school for students aged 13 upwards and a full-time vocational training programme for adults 18 and over.

The Centre is a registered charity and is managed by a board. Staff members include the director/principal, a senior equine therapist, a riding instructor, a stable manager and stable assistant, two teachers, teacher aides, an occupational therapist, remedial therapy coaches, a vocational course supervisor and an office manager. A team of volunteers assists the full-time staff. 
The Centre’s work could not be done without its herd of horses

2021 Mid Year APC Newsletter

Find out what we have been up to during the first half of 2021. 

MARY BROOK - PATRON

We are very privileged to have Mary as our Patron, she has tirelessly supported our work and many programmes. Mary is the daughter of the late Maurice Paykel, the previous Patron of the Centre, who was instrumental in its establishment.

MEET THE TEAM

Gaynor Brown - President

A member since 1994. Gaynor is former Deputy Director of Southern Cross Campus Senior School in Mangere and has been involved in education for many years. In 2012 she received the Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to education. She is currently teaching at the Child and Family Unit for Northern Health School.

Vicky Cox - Director/Principal

Vicky has an extensive background in education, both in NZ and the UK, with qualifications in both teaching and counselling. She passionately believes in supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of children in the education setting. Vicky also has a lifelong love of horses.

Debra Moore - Office Manager & Community Engagement

Debra is your first point of contact at Ambury Park Centre for general enquiries and information on our courses and can advise you on our wonderful  volunteer opportunities.

She can be contacted on office@AmburyParkCentre.org.nz or in the front office during school hours.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gaynor BrownPresident. A member since 1994. Gaynor is former Deputy Director of Southern Cross Campus Senior School in Mangere and has been involved in education for many years. She is currently teaching at the Child and Family Unit for Northern Health School. 

Doug Alexander – Treasurer. Became a member in 2013. Doug has a background in accounting and then as a property consultant and currently pursuing the quiet life of a property investor

Caroline GroveSecretary. A member since 1994 and Secretary since Oct 1994, long time horse owner and rider, Caroline was until recently a long-term volunteer helping at the centre.

Janet Hepi – A member since 1992. Janet has been very supportive of the Centre.

Anna Houston – A member since .....

Vicky Latta – Became a member in 2011. She was in practice as a lawyer and is an Olympic silver medallist (Barcelona) and bronze medallist (Atlanta) as a member of the NZ three day event team.

Dr Neru Leavasa – Became a member in early 2020. Neru is on the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and represents Auckland Council on the Ambury Park Centre Board.

Claire Lingman – A member since 1988 and Treasurer from 1996 till 2016, Claire is a former President and Vice President who is well qualified to handle the Centre’s financial affairs..

Deanne Maule – A member since 2004. She is a Chartered accountant with previous voluntary work experience for St. John and South Auckland Income Planning Services.

Christine O’Brien – Became a member later in 2014. Christine is on the Mangere/Otahuhu Local Board and represents Auckland Council on the Ambury Park Centre Board.

Silvia Ringler  A member since 2020 Silvia is a Senior Category Manager and has been riding for over 30 years. Silvia also owns Nathan who is a valuable addition to Ambury’s herd of horses. When she has time she also helps training and educating the other horses on a case by case basis.

Neil Rusden – A member since 2018. With a background in design and communications, Neil has a passion for developing and building the identity of Ambury Park Centre to reflect the amazing work that is performed there. 

Kuruho Wereta – Auckland Council representative as Senior Ranger, Partnerships, Southern Regional Parks.

 

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