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.


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 of strengths based approach when working with youth.

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.


Mairead Moore –  Youth Support Worker

 e: mairead@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz    m: 022 657 7968
Mairead is from Glasgow in Scotland and has been living in Queenstown for almost a year. After travelling New Zealand, Mairead’s plan was to work in the North Island, however the hustle and bustle of Queenstown has been too good to leave.
Mairead has a degree in Social Work and worked as a children and families social worker for three years before packing her bags and moving to the other side of the pond. Mairead has experience of working with children and young people of all ages. Mairead has previous experience working as a youth worker whilst studying and took on a role as a Volunteer Coordinator for a charity in Edinburgh for a period of time.

Mairead has a passion for making a difference in young people’s lives and is looking forward to learning the Kiwi way.


Dakota Johnston –  Youth Support Worker

 e: dakota@wakatipuyouthtrust.co.nz    m: 022 059 6306
A Waikato girl though and though, Dakota came to Queenstown a year and a half ago for a 2 week holiday to see family and never left. Bringing her positive, bubbly, can do attitude, she is always up for helping people be the best version of themselves. Dakota has been working with young adults in the disability and mental health sector for 3 years as a Support Worker. This saw Dakota getting people out of their comfort zone and taking on challenges in a safe supported environment creating a sense of achievement for her clients. Supporting people in this way brings the biggest smile to her face! Dakota is a big kid herself and loves to create fun in all aspects of her life, including climbing mountains and stays active in her free time. She’s very much a social butterfly and will be a great asset to our team and youth.