An end to an ‘epic adventure’

KauriLands vocational manager Cindy Vincent is moving on after 16 years

Paparoa local Cindy Vincent is leaving the Kaurilands Skills Centre Trust at the end of October, after 16 years.

With a nursing and care-worker background, Cindy saw Kaurilands as a natural progression in her career.

She still remembers her initial job interview. “I saw that there was something special going on in this place,” and after starting as a weekend house mother, she is now the vocational manager.

“We are privileged to be given the responsibility of ensuring that people’s loved ones are involved in the community in a productive, meaningful way. That’s always been a big thing for me.

“You need to have heart for the people, at the same time as managing staff and coordinating activities. It’s a very energising sort of role. Things change from one hour to the next. It’s been an epic adventure — but it’s now time to move on. I want to be able to spend some quality time with the kids.”

She also plans to be part of hospice and offer extra help to schools with disabled children. “Why have all these things you’ve done, then brush them under the carpet. To me it’s about giving a bit more of what I’ve got.”

General Manager Karen Duncan said: “Cindy’s length of service has been outstanding. Guided by one of our founders in the early days, Mike Mudford, and then making vocational programme manager later on, she has given amazing service to the people of KauriLands.

“On behalf of everyone at KauriLands Cindy, thank you for everything.” If interested in the role contact Karen Duncan at or 09 439 2140.


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