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The Learning
        Shop - He huarahi ki mua
Location: Home People

People - The Learning Shop Staff

The Learning Shop staff will help direct you with your learning needs and answer any questions you may have.


Miriama Su'a-Hicks: Manager


Talofa lava! 
Welcome to The Learning Shop website. Im the Manager for this wonderful educational, community facility where anyone can access free information on education, community courses, employment, career guidance and use of computers for doing your own CV or job search. 

Im a Samoan mother of three with eight grandchildren and have lived in Porirua since 1965. I bring to The Learning Shop my vast management experience, having worked in the education and public sector with my strengths being community relationships and a passion for working with multicultural and disadvantaged groups to be able to make a difference.  

My employment background experience includes working in providing career advice and guidance, the teaching profession, Probation Services working with those who have entered the Justice system as well as strategic policy and planning experience.  My team will support and give you one-on-one assistance and always with a smile. 
Kia Ora and we look forward to helping you in your pathway to the future. He huarahi ki mua.



Catherine Sloan: Career Advisor/Kaitautoko


Is a trained Career Counsellor with many years experience in private practice and in corporate settings.  Catherine has also worked in the recruitment industry and has owned and operated her own boarding cattery to name a few of her work related experiences. 

Along with working in the United Kingdom in recruitment and teaching English in China Catherine has a broad range of experience and skills to call on when working with clients in their exploration of work, training, education and life. 

Catherine lives on the Kapiti Coast and loves walking on the beach, cycling, gardening, painting, and just listening to the fabulous quiet of clean, green New Zealand.



Teresa Ross: Gateway Coordinator/ Customer Service

Teresa Ross:
            Customer Service/Administrator

Teresa has been in the Porirua area for over 30 years. Her work background has been in Desktop Publishing and she is currently working toward a Diploma in Business Management.  For Teresa, learning is ongoing and she is always looking for opportunities to enhance her cache of skills and experiences, both personally and professionally.

Teresa sees her role as a support role. We are a resource centre. We provide resources, guidance and advice to help people get to that next place theyre trying to go. Our ability to provide a consistently good service makes us credible and strengthens our ability to assist with positive outcomes.

"Knowledge is power!"



Kathleen Frost: Office Manager/Customer Service


Kathleen is of Maori and Samoan descent and has lived and worked in the Porirua community for most of her life.

She became one of The Learning Shop staff in 2004 after graduating in Information & Communications Technology at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and is still currently studying extramurally.

Kathleen is delighted to be in a position that would allow her to support and guide people from the community on their pathways to education and careers and helping people achieve their goals.

"Don't limit yourself! Keep learning."



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