About REAP Marlborough
Thriving and resilient communities.
REAP Marlborough will respond and adapt to support our communities
through developing trusted partnerships.
Manaakitanga (mutual respect, integrity, and kindness)
Ako (learning; everyone is a learner)
REAP Marlborough was established in 1979 and from then has striven to become the Marlborough community’s “go-to hub” for courses and support for the education of our rural (and often very isolated) residents and also those who reside in and nearer to Blenheim, Renwick, and Picton, our larger communities.
Our objective has been to identify gaps in the provision of education for rural communities (for all ages) and develop strategies to fill the gaps either through REAP-facilitated programmes or in collaboration with other providers.
REAP Marlborough supports Early Childhood Education, schools, tertiary and Adult Community Education, as well as transitions between these levels. The focus is on gaps in opportunities for education
resulting from geographical isolation and isolation relating to age, disability,
language, or other factors.
REAP Marlborough promotes community development, integrating education and
the provision of information with activities in other sectors including health, social
services, community organisations and local government. REAP Marlborough can
act as the independent initiator and/or facilitator of community change but more
commonly works collaboratively with other agencies.
Our area of coverage extends from French Pass/Ōkiwi Bay in the North to Kaikōura
in the South, and from Molesworth, Wairau, and Waihopai Valleys in the West to the
East coastline. This area includes Blenheim and Picton and residents from these
towns are welcome to engage with our services. We pride ourselves on the many
connections with the smaller communities within these boundaries.
Sharon Blount – Chief Executive Officer | Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Sharon has an education management background, ranging from Operations & Compliance Manager at Onsite Viticulture in Blenheim, Alternative Education Coordinator in the Hawkes Bay, MOE Principal Advisor Secondary Transitions Napier and most recently Operations Manager of the Whitireia & WelTec Schools of Creativity & Hospitality and campuses in central Wellington and now happily back “home” in Blenheim. Sharon has a passion for helping those who are finding the secondary to tertiary transition a challenge and is looking forward to expanding the REAP offerings.
Hazel Shapcott - Early Childhood Advisor
Hazel has a background in Youth and Social work. Having her own children led to her fascination with the power of Early Childhood Education. Supporting families, whanau and educators in joining children as they adventure and explore to learn about their world is a passion for Hazel.
Selena Tonks - Advisor to Schools
Selena is an experienced educator with a background in primary teaching and leadership. Much of her teaching career has been in small and rural schools.
Selena moved to Marlborough in 1987 to take up her first teaching position at Bohally Intermediate. Apart from teaching stints in Rangiora and North Carolina USA, she has called Marlborough home ever since.
Selena joined REAP Marlborough as Adviser to Schools in 2019, coming from her position as principal at Grovetown School. Prior to 2019, she was seconded to the part time position of ‘Visiting Fellow’ for REAP Marlborough for 2 years. Selena is an active member of the Marlborough Principals Association and part of their executive team.
In a voluntary capacity, Selena is a trustee for Life Education in Marlborough and the Education Support Mentor for their educator. She is also a volunteer for Red Cross, assisting with the resettlement of former refugees in Blenheim.
Shona Winter - Education Team, Community
Shona joined Reap Marlborough in January 2022 as our Adult & Community Education
Shona moved from Christchurch with her husband Mike last year to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and 4-legged mokopuna who also live here in Blenheim. Shona loves being close to them and supporting them as whānau is everything to her. Shona grew up in a large Māori whānau and most live in the Nelson/Tasman region so it's lovely to be close to them. Prior to this, Shona lived in Hokitika for over 30 years and worked as a librarian for 28 years. It was her dream job and she loved how technology is always changing and that gives her an opportunity to continue learning. Libraries are the hub of the community and they are more than just books and finding information. A big part of Shona's library role was to teach digital literacy to the community, support, and train others to use a wide range of technology, and to promote and run digital literacy programmes. Shona is very passionate about helping people and helping them grow through education.
Philippa Kelly - Administrator
Philippa Kelly is our administration and customer service assistant. She is the friendly voice on the end of the phone to help you with any of your questions. Philippa is responsible for all background support and administration for the REAP Marlborough team - this is includes enrolling on the many REAP courses and programmes. Although this is the first time she has worked in the education sector but comes with much enthusiasm and love for life long learning.
Having grown up on a farm Philippa is really enjoying the opportunity to be part of an organisation which supports the rural community. Philippa spends her spare time with her two children, husband, two cats and dog, playing the violin and drinking great coffee.
Michelle Spencer - Board Chair
Angela Sloan - Deputy Chair
Jennyth Spence - Board Secretary
Barbara Rocco - Trustee
Vicki Templeton - Trustee (and Audit & Risk Committee)
Jodie Schorn - Trustee (and Audit & Risk Committee)
Our 2021 Annual Report was delivered at REAP Marlborough's AGM on 16th May, 2022.
We invite you to view our annual reports as displayed below: