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Cyclone is a New Zealand owned ICT company that provides procurement capability for NZ All of Government agencies, tertiary institutions, schools and commercial organisations via this transactional site.

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Our Team

Your expert Digital Technologies training partner

Arnika Macphail


Arnika is the Professional Learning Manager and New Zealand’s only Microsoft Innovative Educator – Fellow, Google Certified Teacher and Apple Consultant.

As a NZ Registered Teacher, Arnika is passionate about supporting others to reach their goals using technology. Arnika is well known for helping to strengthen relationships within education environments.



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Arnika’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Supporting strategic planning to align with the customer’s vision
  • 1:1 technology strategies and consulting
  • Digital Fluency
  • 21st Century Learning Design
  • Coding and Robotics
Speaker - Monique Simpson Circle

Monique Simpson


Monique is a Microsoft Master Trainer, and Google Certified Trainer. She works with schools to develop pedagogical thinking from the leadership level through to teaching and learning.  Monique supports schools to evaluate, plan, reflect and implement sustainable digital fluency and technological practices throughout the school and whanau community.



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Monique’s Strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Supporting schools in strategic planning
  • Digital Fluency across the school community
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • The effective use of Office 365 for teaching and learning
  • The effective use of G Suite for Education for teaching and learning

Kimberley Walker


Kimberley is a passionate educator who is highly experienced in using Google Apps for Education in the classroom setting. Kimberley’s own teaching experience, in addition to implementing and leading a number of digital learning initiatives has made her particularly passionate about ensuring that all student needs are meet and that teachers are adequately supported to meet the diverse needs that they are presented with in the classroom.



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Kimberley’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Supporting school leadership teams with their digital technologies strategic planning
  • Using digital technologies to effectively support NCEA assessment
  • Mentoring classroom practitioners in ‘teaching as inquiry’
  • Developing classroom practitioner’s capacity to confidently use Google Apps for Education in the classroom to maximise student learning
  • Coding and Robotics
Jo Nicol-cirlce

Jo Nicol


Jo is a MoE Accredited PLD Facilitator, New Zealand registered teacher and has a postgraduate qualification in digital and collaborative learning. Jo is passionate about helping educators create and develop future focused and student centred learning environments with strengths in using G Suite for Education.



Jo’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Using G Suite to enhance teaching and learning
  • Digital Fluency across the school community
  • Future-focused pedagogy
  • Using Teaching as Inquiry
  • Coding and Robotics

Troy Smith


Troy is a Microsoft Expert Educator and 21st Century Learning Design Teacher Trainer.  He is a registered teacher actively working in online distant education with Te Kura.  Troy is an education and instruction developer for www.codeavengers.com.

He is an expert in Learning Management Systems and is passionate and experienced in using robotics across the curriculum.



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Troy’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Robotics and Programming
  • LMS Implementation
  • ELearning Planning
  • 21CLD and Microsoft training

Rachel Chisnall


Rachel is a Microsoft Innovative Educator – Fellow, and a Surface Expert. She is a passionate educator who is looking to break the mould of traditional schooling. In pursuit of this she co-founded #scichatNZ, learned to code in Minecraft and has had an awful lot of fun. Rachel strives for practical ways to improve student engagement and outcomes.



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Rachel’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Student centred, collaborative, blended learning approaches
  • Online spaces for limitless learning
  • Supporting pedagogical change

Emma Planicka


Emma is part of the Apple Consultancy Network. She has over 11 years’ experience in education. She has a passion for providing meaningful learning experiences and is strong in both Apple and Google platforms. Emma enjoys working in a collaborative manner to source useful resources and practical ideas.



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Emma’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Using Google Suite effectively in teaching and learning
  • Digital Fluency across the school community
  • Providing meaningful learning experiences, practical ideas and useful resources
  • Redefining teaching and learning using iPads
Speaker - Rachael Circle

Rachael Hoddinott


Rachael is a Microsoft Master Trainer and Google Certified Teacher. She has a real passion for technology in the classroom, and has helped many educators on their pathway to blogging and coding. Rachael believes in streamlining IT processes to ensure schools and workplaces can work together to get the most out of the environment.

Rachael’s strengths are:

  • MoE – Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Strategy and delivery of IT processes
  • Microsoft, Google and Apple Ecosystems
  • Coding
  • Numeracy

Lynne Thomas


Lynne is a MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator. She has worked extensively in ICT advisory and facilitation roles to develop digital strategies and effective pedagogy for future focused learning and teaching. She uses the Spiral of Inquiry framework to structure collaborative professional learning and development.

Lynne’s strengths are:

  • Learning with digital technologies
  • Working with school leadership teams to develop their digital technologies strategic planning
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Digital fluency and Digital citizenship
  • Using Google Suite to transform learning and teaching
  • Providing practical ideas and useful resources

Jarrod Aberhart


Jarrod is a MIE Expert and Microsoft Master Trainer. He is a registered teacher and provides training and online resources in ICT and Business Studies. Jarrod is passionate about school wide ICT strategic planning and implementing change management to achieve this.



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Jarrod’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • 21CLD and Microsoft training
  • Project based learning
  • 21st Century Pedagogy
  • Flipping the Classroom

Tim Muir


Tim is a Microsoft Master Trainer. As a NZ Registered Teacher he is passionate about supporting teachers throughout NZ to utilize office 365 tools. Tim found that using OneNote supported his philosophy of putting learning first, and using technology as a tool to enhance his program. Contact Tim to book the Microsoft Digital Learning Experience. https://www.microsoft.com/nz/digitallearningexperience/



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Tim’s strengths are:

  • Collaborative planning and teaching
  • Office 365 training
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Supporting pedagogical change
  • Digital Fluency
  • Coding and Robotics
Speaker - Tim Muir Circle

Anthony Breese


Anthony is a MoE-Accredited PLD facilitators and has been a registered NZ teachers for the past 19 years in the Primary and Intermediate sector. Anthony is passionate about using technologies, student agency in the classroom and enjoys passing on his ideas to passionate teachers. He has skills in Innovative Learning Environments, strategic planning and developing digital learning programme to support students and teachers to enhance learning opportunities. Anthony has strong knowledge using Apple, Google Suite, and Microsoft Education, using Learning Management systems and using studio recording digital music.


Twitter: @slicnz

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Blog: www.slic.nz

Anthony’s strengths are:

  • MoE-Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Using digits all technologies to enhance teaching and learning
  • Using Apple, Google Suite and Microsoft in Education
  • eLearning and strategic planning
  • Teacher in an Innovative Learning Environment (Flipping the Classroom)
  • Digital Music and Recording

Craig Render


Craig is a Microsoft Innovative Educator with over 10 years teaching experience at low decile schools in New Zealand. He is passionate about enhancing the learning experience using Office 365 tools and apps. Craig has expertise in facilitating whole school strategic change, Teacher as Inquiry and developing 21st century, student focused curriculum. The link between Te Ao Maori and technology is at the center of Craig’s PLD approach.

Craig’s strengths are:

  • MoE – Accredited PLD Facilitator
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator
  • Teaching and learning with Office 365
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Differentiated Professional Development
  • Teacher as Inquiry
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Coding and Robotics

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