Meet the Team
General Manager/Chief Executive
I'm rapt to be a part of ADNZT; our team of amazing staff produce incredible dogs that assist New Zealanders to engage with their community and the wider world on their own terms. Our dogs remove barriers, and our staff support the process of independence, diversity and inclusion in communities throughout Aotearoa. I'm humbled by the amazing work our team does on a daily basis.
I love the variety in my role, the people I work with and the people we work to help. . . the dogs also play a major part!
Puppy Development &
Dog Training Manager
I love my job as no 2 days are the same – 1 day cuddling newborn puppies, the next working with dogs about to go out and change someone’s world for the better. ADNZT is an amazing organisation to be part of, everyone is truly invested for a better life for all.
I am excited to be part of such a caring organisation here at ADNZT. Dogs are amazing animals, and it is great to be a part of the journey they go through here at assistance dogs. Seeing clients with their new dogs and seeing how a dog can help always brings me joy.
I love working with and training dogs, they are amazing animals. It's also wonderful to see how the dogs we train have made such a positive impact on the families they are placed with.
Assistance Dog Trainer
I am so excited to be a part of a passionate team and look forward to training and matching my dogs so they can go on and have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Kendra van der Linden
Fundraising & Communications Manager
It’s so wonderful to be part of this life-changing organisation and to be in a role that enables others to come on board, and support our mission too. The people, the success stories and the dogs all make this role such a special one for me.
Finance & Administration Coordinator
I love being part of such a passionate team, and an organisation that has so much ability to positively impact the lives of others! It is amazing to see the generosity of our supporters and I’m very excited to be able to contribute to such a special and important cause.
Puppy Development Advisor
I love that I contribute to helping improve the lives of individuals and families who are facing daily challenges.
Puppy Development Coordinator
Being able to be part of such a passionate team is a privilege. My role as the Puppy Development Co-ordinator gives me a great opportunity to work with our wonderful volunteers and also adorable puppies!
Communications & Fundraising Coordinator
I feel so lucky to be part of this incredible organisation that is making a real difference in the lives of Kiwis who are living with disabilities, all while upholding the utmost welfare standards for the dogs. I can’t complain about all the dog content either!
Assistance Dog Trainer
I'm thrilled to join the compassionate team at ADNZT. Witnessing the profound impact these dogs have on our clients and the joy they bring is a source of constant inspiration for me. I look forward to contributing my skills and passion to this cause, making a difference in the lives of those in need.