Our Team



Kirsty Newberry

Mentoring Coordinator

Kirsty has been at Big Brothers Big Sisters since early 2016 and supports mentors in the south east of Christchurch.She is a true adventurer at heart and loves nothing more then seeing her mentors having the opportunities to grow and develop through their volunteering experiences. 

Kirsty also looks after the Mentor Development elements of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Programme.

Email: kirsty@bbbs.nz 

Faye Higgins

Assistant Manager
Faye supervises matches in the South West and North East of the City. Coming from a background in early years and special needs education, she brings a wealth of experience in child development and passion for providing great quality support for adults working with children. 

Faye loves organising fun opportunities for our matches, so also looks after our termly match events, fun finds and also child development.

Email: faye@bbbs.nz 


Elenanor Burghart

Mentoring Coordinator

Eleanor joined us in 2018 after completing her Bachelor of Counselling; prior to this she was a youth worker both in school & the community.   She loves connecting with people, and is passionate about promoting and supporting good mental and emotional health practices.

As a young person Eleanor experienced the positive impact of mentoring which motivates her in her work today. Eleanor supervises matches in the West of Christchurch.

 Email: eleanor@bbbs.nz

Cara Tate


Tena koutou katoa,
Ko Coromandel Ranges tōku maunga
Ko Kauranga tōku awa
Ko ngati maru tōku marae
No Thames, Coromandel ahau
E ora ana au I roto I te Christchurch
Ko Alan tōku tane
Ko Josh and Ollie tōku tama
Ko Cara tōku ingoa    

Cara is an occupational therapist with experience in management and leadership of great teams to inspire and drive working partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders. She loves working with people and always has. Cara is very excited to now lead the fantastic Christchurch team and be part of making a difference to the life's of children and youth in Ōtautahi.

Email: cara@bbbs.nz