About Us - Early Start Team

Who to contact within the Early Start Project



  • Jan Egan - RN, BN, Grad Cert NFP Mgmt, MCNA(NZ), General Manager, Contact Jan
  • Glynis Matehaere - Dip. SW, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker, Contact Glynis

Kai Hapai Mātauranga Māori Early Start Canterbury

  • Tania Gilpin (Ngāti Porou)

Clinical Team - Clinical Supervisors

  • Janine Harrison – RGON
  • Karma Gilray - BA (Psych), PGDipScChFamPsyc
  • Jo Waddingham - BM
  • Kerry Painter – BSW, Registered Social Worker
  • Petra Drobne - BCoun

Clinical Team - Family Support Workers/Whānau Awhina

Early Start employs a team of fulltime Family Support Workers/Whānau Awhina. All the clinical staff at Early Start have professional qualifications with backgrounds in either nursing, social work, early childhood education, teaching or other related fields.


  • Shirley Percasky
  • Lucy Gregory
  • Sue Taylor