Meet The Team

Tina Mongston

Tina is the Manager of QLFC and has had over 15 years experience working with the NGO sector.  She has a strong focus on child protection, family and sexual violence and also has strong business skills and experience.  Tina has had years of experience in delivering children’s safety programmes, parenting through separation programmes, individual support, court support and advocacy for overall systematic changes and improvements.

Tina has resided in Queenstown for 20 years and is a mother to three children.

Maria Frewen

Maria trained as a New Zealand Registered Comprehensive Nurse and went on to complete Graduate Certificates in Advanced Mental Health Nursing and Health Sciences endorsed in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Maria joined the QLFC team in 2008. Maria runs the Home Based Parent Support service. Maria also offers support to post-natal mothers assisting to build the relationship between baby and mother. Maria also provides parenting support to families with adolescents.

Maria is married with two children and was born and raised in Queenstown.

Maria Hendry

Maria is a New Zealand Social Worker, she joined QLFC in 2011. Maria studied Psychology and Criminology in the UK and gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work and Community Work with distinction in 2013. In addition to this Maria is a full member of ANZASW. Maria works through a strength perspective that all people have the ability to change, grow and learn. Maria has over 12 years of experience working with children and young people,  beginning in Youth Justice and residential homes in the UK.

Maria has lived in Queenstown for over eight years settling here with her family.

Tami Harris

Tami has been a Registered Clinical Social Worker in the United States since 1997, having received a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in 1994. She joined the QLFC team in April 2014 as a New Zealand Registered Social Worker and Registered Psychotherapist. Tami has worked with children and families for the past twenty years. She has practiced in many settings from foster care to special education to early intervention to private practice and community mental health. Tami has come to specialize in early childhood assessment, school-based consultation and intervention, and parent guidance. Tami believes that parents and caregivers are the experts on their children. She works as a partner with parents to help them support their child’s unique needs and to help children develop into confident, capable and caring people.

Tami lives in Queenstown with her family.

Mijke van Weert

Mijke is the Child Psychologist in the Team. She grew up in the Netherlands and trained there as a Child and adolescent Psychologist. Mijke arrived in New Zealand in 1998 and since then has worked with children and young people with mental health issues. Mijke is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Psychological Society. Part of Mijke’s role is cognitive and educational assessment for learning difficulties and giftedness.

She lives in Wanaka with her husband and three children.