Our Team

Youth Workers

Wakatipu Youth Trust employs only the most dedicated and passionate people to work with the youth of the Wakatipu.

This team is led by Jacqui Moir, who is the Manager, and under her guidance and support we have the most enthusiastic and committed youth workers Suzie Kelly, Noah Pierssene & Richie Hadlow.

Based in Queenstown NZ, they work alongside young people aged 10-24 to achieve positive outcomes through both support and advocacy.

The crew come from a varied background but all share a passion for working with youth and helping them to achieve their goals.  Below you can find some individual info about the team.


Jacqui Moir  Manager | Senior Youth Support Worker

 e: jacqui@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz    m: 021 525 595

Jacqui originates from Auckland, New Zealand and has been living and working in Queenstown for the last 7 years. She has raised two children, now both in their twenties.unnamed (2)

Her passion for young people grew through training and volunteering for two years on the crisis phone lines at Youthline and during the course of studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  Following these experiences and through her own personal understanding of raising a special needs child, Jacqui worked in both Intermediate and Primary schools with special needs children that had both behavioural and learning difficulties. This led her to complete a Graduate Diploma in teaching prior to coming to Queenstown.

With a continuing passion for young people and helping others, Jacqui was thrilled when the opportunity to apply for a youth worker position came along that combined these two things and incorporated elements of her sociological and educational background. Jacqui has since embraced her role in the community as a youth worker and continues to enjoy supporting and advocating for the youth of the Wakatipu area and celebrating all that they contribute to our community.


Suzie Kelly – Assistant Manager | Senior Youth Support Worker

 e: suzie@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz    m: 022 657 7968
Suzie was born in the west of Ireland, in a place called Galway. Suzie graduated from College with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Social Studies in Social Care Work. She puts all this knowledge, skills and experience into practice by supporting and advocating our youth. She hopes to encourage youth to challenges themselves and be the best they can be. She has experience from Ireland working with Teenagers, children and young people with intellectual disabilities.

Suzie arrived to New Zealand in January 2014. She traveled down the North Island to Queenstown. She enjoyed the natural beauty of our country and the crazy bungy jumps and skydives along the way. Once she got to Queenstown, it was a home from home.

Suzie has a kind way with people and she truly believes everyone has something unique and special to offer. She loves a good laugh and the Youth enjoy her Irish ways and her Irish accent. Suzie sees a bright future for her career within Wakatipu Youth Trust.


Noah Pierssene Youth Support Worker

 e: noah@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz    m: 022 402 4659

Noah was raised on the East Coast of Australia, in the Byron Shire. Growing up with an alternative (Steiner) education, Noah has seen first hand the benefits, focus being given to the strengths of disadvantaged youths.

Studying a Diploma in Youth Work via distance, Noah moved to Queenstown at the end of 2015, volunteering with us for the full year of 2016, and then coming on board as a part time Youth Support Worker in 2017. He joins the team in 2018 as a full-time Youth Support Worker.

Since Noah came to us his skills in engaging and mentoring our local youth have improved significantly, his fun loving yet strict attitude have proven a great asset to our team and youth.


Richie Hadlow – Youth Support Worker (Part time)

 e: richie@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz    m: 022 657 9648

Richie was born and raised in Auckland but always wanting to explore he ended up travelling the south island 5 years ago and as a result has been a Queenstown local since.

Competing as a junior gymnast, coaching became a natural career pathway. Qualified as a gymnastics and boxing coach his passion for working with youth was developed when specifically working in with school programmes establishing positive connections, encouraging movement and building confidence through active participation.

As a qualified personal trainer, youth anatomy and training techniques is of particular interest. He wants to continue to encourage youth to take up challenges and be actively involved in the community.
Richie believes that there is something to be learnt from everyone and enjoys connecting with Queenstown’s young people.