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



Cara works full time and brings with her experience as an occupational therapist. Her career focused on enriching the lives of people experiencing challenges with mental and/or physical health within the community, health & disability and education sectors. Cara develops and fosters the relationships with grant funders and sponsors to enable the organization to achieve the mentoring programme that we can offer. Cara understands first-hand the importance of having people in our lives that encourage and believe in us at an early age. She excited to lead our team and be part of making a difference in the lives of tamariki and rangatahi living in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


Email: cara@bbbs.nz 





Amy Hedge

Mentoring Coordinator


Hi, I'm Amy - most recent member of the Christchurch BBBS team and I will be supervising the matches in the Northern suburbs.I bring with me a qualification in Health and Human Behaviour, experience in mentoring, and over a decade of working with people in a customer service role.

I really enjoy interacting with people and it brings me great joy to be able to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

I am looking forward to putting my skills and knowledge into helping support my mentors, their matches, and my team. 

Email: amy.hedge@bbbs.nz