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Meet our team of dedicated staff. Together they have a wealth of knowledge, and are here to offer sound advice and a helping hand to the Kaikōura community. 

Barbara Timms
Barbara Timms

Te Whare Putea Manager

Heartland Services Co-ordinator

105 Beach Road

Kaikoura, 7300


Tel: 03 3197243

Barb has worked for Te Whare Putea for 15 years, the last 5 years as Manager. Barb has a working background in banking, payroll and accounting and loves the diversity of the role where something new happens every day. 

Barb loves working with her highly valued staff whose passions match her own when it comes to helping people and finding solutions.

Barb has a great deal of empathy for people and recognises the struggles that people face on a daily basis.

As retirement looms, Barb is working at having Te Whare Putea running as efficiently and effectively as possible, to ensure that the visions of the Trust for the Kaikōura community are upheld.

Lyn Kirton
Financial Mentor
Lyn Kirton

Lyn has an extensive background working in Social Services and Human Resources.  Lyn has a level 6 Diploma in Supported Employment and has achieved great outcomes for her clients while working within Charitable Organisations, in a career spanning 22 years.

Lyn joined Te Whare Putea in 2017 as a Financial Mentor delivering Building Financial Capability services in Kaikōura.

Lyn effectively uses a strengths based approach and is passionate about empowering people to reach their personal goals and mentors her clients toward their own financial freedom. By listening to her client’s needs, Lyn has been able to support many of her clients through stages of self- development and self- empowerment, in a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental way.

Lyn has faced some adversity in her life but now has the self-belief that she can accomplish anything that she puts her mind to. She loves being part of a supportive team at Te Whare Putea and enjoys being able to offer her clients a wrap- around service that has been proven to work.


Through the Financial Mentoring service Lyn can offer support and advice on budgeting and other debtors’ options such as Kiwi Saver withdrawal, Insolvency, debt consolidation, summary instalment programmes, and liaising with creditors on the client’s behalf.

Lyn is happily married and has four independent children and seven grandchildren whom she loves and enjoys being part of their development and life journey. Her recreation time is spent with her husband either fishing or travelling and she loves to cook and relax with a good movie.

Rosie Clemett
Food Bank and Migrant Services Coordinator / 
Housing Support
Rosie Clemett

Rosie is a Kaikōura local lady who is passionate about the Kaikōura Community. She is a mother of 2 school aged children and she loves to be active within the community.

Rosie is involved in various community groups. She is the Kaikōura Runanga Representative and a Trustee Member for the Kaikōura Community Swimming Pool.

Rosie is a keen netballer and has been part of the committee for the past 5 years. In those 5 years she has been President, Coach and Manager of various teams, Umpire and Player.

Rosie is highly motivated and a hardworking individual who loves a challenge. She has a friendly and energetic attitude which makes her an asset to Te Whare Putea. Rosie is in the early stages of building a career in Social Services and her long-term goal is to become a fully qualified Social Worker.

Rosie has been working for Te Whare Putea since November 2019 as Foodbank and Housing Support co-ordinator.

Kapri Martin
Heartland Services

Te Whare Putea / Heartland Services

105 Beach Road, Kaikōura 7300

(03) 319 7243

027 268 0052

Heartland Services

Kapri joined the Te Whare Putea team in October 2022 and in 2023 moved into the Heartland services co-ordinator role.  She has spent many years working alongside people in all walks of life.  Her background is in teaching, instructing, tourism and hospitality, these experiences highlight her friendly and approachable manner.  Her enthusiasm, logical thinking and warm people skills are an asset to Te Whare Putea and Heartland Services.
Kapri has spent a lot of her life travelling the world.  After spending more than 15 years overseas exploring mountains and having adventures, mostly in Canada, Japan and Switzerland, Kapri decided it was time to come back to her home country of New Zealand.  The magnificent outdoor playground attracted her to Kaikōura, as it is all of her passions combined into one picturesque location. Living in Kaikōura provides an abundance of opportunities: mountain biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, skiing, camping, surfing, and more, that nestle on its beautiful doorstep. 
She is well involved in the local community, is a trustee for the Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute, volunteers at the Kaikōura Community Garden and is an executive member of the Kaikōura Volleyball Club.  She enjoys meeting people and helping others, and feels it is such a privilege to contribute back to our community. 

Collen Cowan - Lee
Social Worker
Colleen Cowan-Lee

Te Whare Putea Board Members

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Marion McChesney - Chairperson


Robert Roche


Hariata Kahu & Riria Allen

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