Directors

Kate Webber and Simon Walker (the hairy one) are the proud directors and kaitiaki of Junky Monkeys.

Kate has been involved with Junky Monkeys since the early days. Back in 2018 she fell in love with the programme while watching kids delightedly slide down hills on suitcases and make swings out of frying pans.

Kate has moved through most roles at Junky Monkeys from play coach, to lead facilitator, to social media creator, to operations manager, and is now the director. 

Kate is a total play geek. In her time not watching kids play with junk, she is coaching primary teachers about learning through play with Longworth Education, running a bunch of social media sites about play, and supporting other play inspired start-ups in education.

Enter Simon. Simon is an events organiser extraodinaire. He specialises in making events as sustainable as possible, and is the one always rescuing things from events to reuse and recycle.

Simon is just one of those people who can make a table out of wood,  some rubber bands, and a dozen eggs. His event organisation skills and crafty resourcefulness will be a real asset to the programmes.

Simon has been rather patiently listening to Kate go on, and on, and on, and on about PLAY for the past 8 years. When the opportunity came to work on a project together that celebrated play + events + sustainability + education the opportunity was too good to resist.

To find out more about Kate Webber and Simon Walker we suggest doing some friendly internet stalking!

AlUmni Founders

Junky Monkeys was conceived and developed by Ann Langis while Director of Conscious Kids Devonport. With a professional background in teaching and a personal passion for the zero waste movement, Ann was inspired by UK-based play pods and keen to develop a loose-parts programme for tamariki in Aotearoa. With the enthusiastic support of Jane Walters, former Director of Waste Education at the Devonport Recycling Centre, they began amassing a stockpile of interesting junk items and ran the first trial programmes at local primary schools and community events in autumn 2018.

Ann handed over Junky Monkeys to the loving hands of Kate & Simon at the beginning of 2022 to continue its playful journey.

Ann now independently consults with schools, play centres, and sport organisations about everything PLAY, with her own consulting organisation Ann Langis Play. If you look hard enough, you can still find Jane Walters working hard at the odd junky Monkeys session!

Ann (right) with Jane from the Devonport Recycling Centre

We are looking for play coaches to join our team!
Do you love working OUTDOORS?
Do you love PLAY and watching kids PLAY?
Do you want to work on a project that is ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE?
Do you want to be part of a movement to revolutionise how we teach and our treat our tamariki?
To see the the full role description click HERE. To apply CONTACT us today – hi@junkymonkeys.org

Our Approach

We Facilitate Safe Learning Spaces

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— Our Mission

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— Our Vision

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— Our Story

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