Current trustees

Pauline Prendergast

Pauline Prendergast, Chair, has been teaching speech and drama for 42 years. For many years she had a large teaching practice in primary and secondary…

Pauline Prendergast, Chair, has been teaching speech and drama for 42 years. For many years she had a large teaching practice in primary and secondary schools in the Wellington/Lower Hutt area, and she still teaches in her private speech studio. She holds an LSB in Public Speaking with Speech New Zealand and an LTCL from Trinity College. Pauline is an accredited examiner with Speech NZ and a trained primary school teacher. She is actively involved with Hutt Repertory Theatre in both directing and acting. She trains the readers in her church community and adjudicates at speech competitions and drama festivals.

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Karen Austin

Karen Austin is Vice Chair and Chair of Examinations. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, London and has both a LSB Public Speaking and a Diploma of P…

Karen Austin is Vice Chair and Chair of Examinations. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, London and has both a LSB Public Speaking and a Diploma of Professional Speaking ( Speech NZ. ) Karen is a registered secondary school teacher, having a Masters of Education, a BA ( English) and an Adv Teaching Diploma. She has been a Speech New Zealand Examiner for many years.

Karen was Assistant Principal at St Kevin’s College in Oamaru where she also established a Speech & Drama/ Public Speaking practice. In 2014 Karen and her husband moved to Nelson so they could be “hands on” grandparents. Karen teaches Speech & Drama/ Public Speaking to five yearr olds through to adults. Zoom lessons are also offered.

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Pam Logan

Pam Logan, has taught voice, speech, oral communication, public speaking, drama, acting and directing at all levels, including tertiary for over 35 ye…

Pam Logan, has taught voice, speech, oral communication, public speaking, drama, acting and directing at all levels, including tertiary for over 35 years.

Pam has a specialist interest in voice, acting and directing. She was a founding member, actor, administrator and assistant director for Kempe’s Jig Theatre Collective, which toured Shakespeare to schools from 1991-4. For several years Pam tutored voice and acting techniques at Nelson Polytechnic School of Performing Arts. She is also a qualified adjudicator of plays and competitions.

Pam is an examiner for Speech New Zealand and has enjoyed the challenge of serving on the Board of Trustees for many years. She is a past Chair of the Board and past Chair of the Examinations’ Division.

She is a past president and a life member of both Marlborough Repertory Society and of the NZ Theatre Federation and was awarded a 1990 medal for services to theatre. Pam still enjoys acting and directing when the opportunity arises.

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Dr Margriet Theron

Dr Margriet Theron is the Chair of the Finance Committee. She was invited to join the Board of Speech NZ 19 years ago for her governance, financial, m…

Dr Margriet Theron is the Chair of the Finance Committee. She was invited to join the Board of Speech NZ 19 years ago for her governance, financial, marketing and planning skills. She has lived in Rotorua for 42 years. After retiring from a career in science management at the NZ Forest Research Institute and the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology and as Dean of Forestry at Waiariki Institute of Technology, she took on governance roles at the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce, the Geyser Community Foundation, Community Foundations of NZ, and the Rotorua Multicultural Council where she is currently the President. She was Project Manager for the fundraising and building of the Turangi Community Health Centre, and member of the Rotorua District Council’s BrightEconomy Advisory Board and the East Coast Bay of Plenty Conservation Board. She has taught a Professional Speaking for Migrants course in Rotorua for the past nine years, and mentors teachers and organisations around New Zealand offering or planning this course.

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Del Costello

Ko Kakaunui te maunga, ko Taieri te awa, nō Maniototo me Tāmaki Makaurau ahau. Del has taught Speech and Drama/Public Speaking for over 20 years and w…

Ko Kakaunui te maunga, ko Taieri te awa, nō Maniototo me Tāmaki Makaurau ahau. Del has taught Speech and Drama/Public Speaking for over 20 years and works in the education sector as a teacher educator and professional learning consultant. She has a Master’s degree in Education (e-learning and digital technologies endorsed), LTCL -Speech and Drama and LSB Public Speaking. Del is passionate about development of communication skills. With a vison of empowering all New Zealanders to build capability and confidence to communicate, her work is focussed on supporting system and process development within educational organisations. She has a special interest in supporting organisations to build culturally responsive practices that empower and grow the multi-cultural and multi-linguistic fabric of Aotearoa.

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Helen Balch

LTCL, ASB (Sp&Dr), ASB(PubSp), AccAdjSCA, RTSCA
Helen is a fulltime teacher of speech and drama and public speaking. She teaches at St Andrew’s Co…

LTCL, ASB (Sp&Dr), ASB(PubSp), AccAdjSCA, RTSCA
Helen is a fulltime teacher of speech and drama and public speaking. She teaches at St Andrew’s College where she has around 140 students and also has a private studio with 40 students. Her students range in age from five year olds to tertiary students.

Helen is the President of the Christchurch Competitions Society and was the convener of the speech and drama section for over 20 years. She is also actively involved in the local branch of SCA and has held various positions on the local committee over the years. She tries to attend the SCA Conference each year.

Helen’s involvement with Speech NZ began in the early 1970s, when she sat her first exams in speech and drama and public speaking. Her teacher, Berwyn Gibbons, was an enthusiastic advocate for the new examining body. Helen’s mother, Gay Balch, was the Lower Hutt secretary for some years.

After moving to Christchurch in the late 70s Helen completed ASB teaching diplomas in both speech and drama and public speaking.

Helen has entered students into Speech New Zealand exams since 1985 and at present has around 130 students sitting the exams each year. Helen has also been involved with Speech NZ as a parent, with both of her sons sitting the grade exams. 

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Pauline Douglas

Pauline Douglas lives in Dunedin, and until recently was employed by the University of Otago College of Education, as the ESOL Advisor to schools for…

Pauline Douglas lives in Dunedin, and until recently was employed by the University of Otago College of Education, as the ESOL Advisor to schools for the Otago-Southland region.

She has a long standing interest in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners, and the development of their oral language skills. Speech NZ provide a special graded syllabus for ESOL speakers and Pauline acts as NZ Speech Board representative for this ESOL Syllabus. Pauline has a background in ESOL teaching and in Professional Development for teachers. She promotes the OCESOL syllabus as an excellent tool to enhance both confidence and fluency for ESOL speakers, from Beginner ESOL to Advanced ESOL speakers. She can be contacted at any time on: pauline.douglas@ymail.com

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Lynda Scott

Speech & Drama classes began in childhood with Sr. M Gemma, fellow founder of ATSD. The Association of Teacher’s of Speech & Drama which later…

Speech & Drama classes began in childhood with Sr. M Gemma, fellow founder of ATSD. The Association of Teacher’s of Speech & Drama which later morphed into SCA. Completed LTCL.
A career in Nursing, then teaching Drama games with my children’s Play Centre group. Attained HVPC Supervisor Certificate.
After discussion with the Head of their Primary school, I facilitated ‘free’ devised drama games during the Winter Term.
Although my intention had been to hold 2 40minute sessions containing 12 children in each group twice a week. Word spread quickly and within 2 weeks I had created 4 groups of 12 students spread over a 4 day week, plus taking over the end of year school production, pantomime, play or musical.
When I became involved in the formation and establishment of the Lower Hutt Family Refuge I noticed that many of our residents were, if not completely illiterate, could only complete basic information, name, address, telephone number. Many did’nt know their birth date!
While this may be an extremely small part of the information required by Government departments, for many residents it became too much. Consequently, humiliated and embarrassed by their disability many who were entitled to benefits never applied.
The Refuge at this time was receiving a number of immigrants. Apart from the violence, control was kept by the dominant partner keeping the other socially isolated, preventing any form of connection or communication with ‘outsiders.’(locals)
Discussion with Ernie Rosenthal, Head of Community Education at Hutt Valley Polytechnic, and a group of interested citizens we formed ARLA, (Adult Reading & Learning Assistance group) and ESOL. (English for Speakers of other Languages) With those involved in education we wrote suitable manuals and I taught the volunteers how to teach the programmes created.
One group formed to teach reading and writing to adults, the other teaching spoken English to new settlers. Both groups received financial assistance from the Polytech and City Council budgets.
Over the past 40 plus years I have been teaching Speech, Drama, Public speaking and Oral communication skills in Tertiary Institutions, Corporate companies, local Primary, Intermediate and Colleges plus Scot’s and St. Mary’s colleges, plus my private studio.
I have Performed in a wide variety of Amateur and professional Opera, Theatre, Film and Television series.
I look forward to assisting Speech New Zealand to continue building an articulate society.

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Janine Burchett

Janine trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts then toured with Limbs Company before studying acting at Toi Whakaari…

Janine trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts then toured with Limbs Company before studying acting at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School in the late 1990s. Since then she has had a succession of notable stage and screen productions. After a nomination for the Chapman Tripp's Newcomer Actress Award for May in Fool for Love, Janine went on to play a role in Roger Hall's TV comedy series Market Forces and Shortland Street before relocating to Australia to play Mrs Darling and Tinkerbell in PAN at the Capitol Theatre. While In Australia she garnered an Engro Cultural Award for Kropka Theatre's Convict Women along with numerous best film awards for her film Gabriel. Janine has most recently been working on the webseries Allegra Box Splits, Shortland Street, A Love Yarn and Ablaze. Outside of acting Janine is involved in charity work for Active Arts, and is the managing director of youth ambassador company Shine School of Confidence. She and her family are now based in Auckland.

 

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Sandra Bartlam

LSB Teaching Speech and Drama, LSB Teaching Public Speaking, ACR SNZ Examiner, ACR NZ Drama Adjudicator, Diploma in Professional Speaking.

I grew up…

LSB Teaching Speech and Drama, LSB Teaching Public Speaking, ACR SNZ Examiner, ACR NZ Drama Adjudicator, Diploma in Professional Speaking.

I grew up in Manurewa and like many young people in the 1950’s and 60’s I went to speech classes for 8 years. I worked as a hairdresser for 18 years. In my early 30’s I started working towards completing a Teaching Licentiate in Speech and Drama.
I started teaching at Marsden School in1983-2015, then at St Oran’s College in 1990-2020 and finally at Scots College in1995-2019. Learning and teaching has been a big part of my life and I have been putting students into Speech New Zealand exams since 1976. I have used most of the syllabi of SNZ’s as well. I am supported by and ever growing family.

  • Accredited Speech New Zealand Examiner
  • Accredited New Zealand Drama Adjudicator
  • Member of the Rotary for 28 years and presently a member of the Rotary Club of Kapiti.
  • A triple sapphire Paul Harris Fellow.
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Sarah Entwistle

LTCL (Trinity), MA English (Otago)

Sarah lives in Dunedin and has worked within the Performance and Communication industry for over 30 plus years bot…

LTCL (Trinity), MA English (Otago)

Sarah lives in Dunedin and has worked within the Performance and Communication industry for over 30 plus years both in New Zealand and overseas. She operates Sound Regard Consultancy, where she offers training in all aspects of Spoken Communication to clients from all walks of life and varied work settings: schools, community groups, institutions, and businesses.
Sarah began her Speech and Drama life in her hometown, Christchurch, under the tutelage of Neta Neale MBE. She worked as a drama tutor at Canterbury Children’s Theatre, and the then Canterbury Theatre School. Sarah has also worked as a professional actor in Canterbury and Dunedin. Following her drama in education work overseas in Pakistan for NZCMS, Sarah moved to Dunedin. She worked for the Creative Arts Trust in their Arts Studio Artsenta, (a shared studio for people within the mental health community), as Artist-in-Residence for Drama and then as a fulltime Artsworker. She then returned to university and completed her Masters in English. In 2021 Sarah relocated her studio to the Warehouse Precinct, in the heart of Dunedin.

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Lucille Durkin