About

Lift Education | E Tū and its sister imprint CSI Literacy are deeply committed to lifting educational achievement.

Our clients include corporate and non-corporate organisations, government departments and overseas publishers – they are all passionate about educating people and helping students make accelerated progress. We share our clients’ passion.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee came to us with an idea – they wanted to create a primary-level resource to support values education.

They wanted something cross-curricular, digital and innovative. The resource needed to be engaging and inspiring, full of real-life stories that modelled good Olympic values to students.

We worked with them to turn these ideas into Living the Olympic Values, a learning solution that is delivered on a standalone interactive digital platform.

Share your ideas with us, and we’ll create unique learning experiences for you, based on instructional design principles. Your resources may even win some awards.

Awards

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2009 AEP AWARDS
Shortlisted for Distinguished
Achievement Award

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2011 CLL EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
Shortlisted for Best
Digital Publishing Solution

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2012 CLNZ EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
Winner of Best Educational
Resource or Programme
for Export

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2012 CLNZ EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
Highly Commended for Best Book
in Higher Education Publishing
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Editors of Best Digital Media Solution

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2013 CLNZ EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
Winner of Best Educational Resource
or Programme for Export

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Aiming for future excellence In 2013, Lift welcomed three-time CLNZ award-winning editor, Susan Paris and the talented instructional series team who continue to produce engaging high-quality materials for New Zealand students.

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Both Lift and CSI Literacy are imprints of South Pacific Press, which was founded in 2005 by Neale Pitches and Meryl-Lynn Pluck of Rainbow Reading. As educators, their mission was to address literacy needs around the world. They developed CSI Literacy, a family of evidence-based literacy resources for middle years students.

Their good friend Dr Sue Watson was also lifting educational achievement with her research company Lift Education | E Tū.

It soon made sense to combine powers. Lift Education became the consulting and contract publishing division of South Pacific Press Limited.

We’re now known simply as Lift Education, or ‘Lift’ to our friends.

If you do come by to visit the lift, pop in and see us too. We’d love to meet you.

Our secret to lifting achievementSouthern-X


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Research is core to our approach.


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We're not afraid to innovate with and for you.
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We bring digital texts to life for learners (as good ol' kiwi innovators, we came up with a world first, a digital interface with interactive tools designed especially for use in classrooms).

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We have a tried and true quality assurance process.

We are trendy — we know the latest happenings in education and technology.
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We use the right media for the occasion — even hard-copy! But we mostly create interactive digital learning experiences for the web and other platforms.

bullet-starMost of all, we are passionate about creating content that engages learners. We think learning should evoke awe and wonder.

 

Meet the teamSouthern-X

Neale Pitches

Neale Pitches Executive Chair

Neale Pitches | Executive Chair

ONZM, BA,
MEd Admin (Hons), Dip Tchg

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Neale Pitches | Executive Chair

ONZM, BA,
MEd Admin (Hons), Dip Tchg

Neale is a former teacher, principal and CEO of Learning Media.
He was honoured by the Queen in 2003 for his contributions to New Zealand education.

He presents internationally on literacy and school leadership, focusing on how to teach literacy across the curriculum, especially in years 4–8, and on the alignment of school leadership with effective practice. As an entertaining and inspiring speaker, Neale has a strong aversion to “death by PowerPoint”. A long-term goal is to cull his demonstrations to 60 slides or fewer. Neale held the Central Otago long-jump record for more than 20 years. He can drive a golf ball out of sight, can balance at length on a Swiss ball, and has genuinely certifiable ukulele skills.

Meryl-Lynn Pluck

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Meryl-Lynn Pluck | Director

M.Phil (in Education specialising in
reading difficulties), B.Ed, Dip Tchg

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Meryl-Lynn Pluck | Director

M.Phil (in Education specialising in
reading difficulties), B.Ed, Dip Tchg

Meryl-Lynn has been a teacher and a Resource Teacher of Reading, having trained academically under the world-renowned Dame Marie Clay.

She began publishing in New Zealand in the 1990s as a response to the needs she saw as a specialist teacher of struggling readers. Her audio-assisted resources now sell around the world and her research into effective literacy practices with struggling readers has been published internationally. Meryl-Lynn lives in Nelson right next door to her four young grandchildren who have all been avid book lovers since birth. When she’s not working, Meryl-Lynn enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, swimming, biking and sailing. Her goal is to own a yacht big enough to allow her to indulge in all her favourite pastimes at once!

Alex Collins

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Alex Collins | Chief Executive

Bachelor of Education (Teaching),
Dip Publishing

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Alex Collins | Chief Executive

Bachelor of Education (Teaching),
Dip Publishing

As well as overseeing the day-to-day management of Lift, Alex is heavily involved with the development of the Ministry of Education’s instructional series for students and teachers.

He has a background in teaching, theatre and film, and has worked in educational publishing for the last nine years. Alex lives with the sounds of lions and gibbons, and when not working, can be found wandering on South Wellington’s wonderful tracks and beaches, or curled up reading classic pulp fiction.

Matt Comeskey

Matt Comeskey Publishing Manager

Matt Comeskey | Publishing Manager

BA (Hons),
Dip Publishing

Matt Comeskey | Publishing Manager

BA (Hons),
Dip Publishing

Matt oversees the publication and distribution of CSI Literacy in New Zealand and abroad, and helps manage Lift projects.

Matt’s passion for developing engaging educational materials was sparked during a three-year stint of teaching English at a high school in Japan – the land of his favourite author, Haruki Murakami. Matt’s illustrious football career began at age five where, in his first game, he was carried off in shock after being kicked on his shin pad. He now plays Masters grade for Eastbourne, and was recently headhunted to coach the Eastbourne seventh-grade ‘Fun Football’ team.

Yan Li

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Yan Li | Finance Manager

BA, E-Commerce Grad Dip,
BCA

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Yan Li | Finance Manager

BA, E-Commerce Grad Dip,
BCA

Yan is responsible for managing the company’s finances, having discovered a passion and skill for maths as a youngster.

She is also a talented pianist. At nine years old, she played her first solo at a local stadium. In her spare time, Yan likes to listen to classical music, eat, talk, and play badminton – multi-tasking being an apparent skill. Not content with just sweating it out at work, Yan is also known to frequent hot yoga sessions around the city.

Paul Babbage

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Paul Babbage | Publishing Manager

BA (Hons), Dip Publishing,
Cert Frontline Management

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Paul Babbage | Publishing Manager

BA (Hons), Dip Publishing,
Cert Frontline Management

As Lift’s Publishing Manager, Paul’s role is to keep a close eye on all projects, strategising, trouble-shooting and quality assuring.

He is one of our expert plain English writers and is extremely knowledgeable and innovative in creating learning solutions for digital platforms. Paul enjoys the white knuckle adrenaline rush of working to impossible deadlines and he regularly applies his cage-fighting acumen to wrestle challenging projects into submission. Paul is a voracious reader of novels and comic books. His superhuman height makes him an invaluable asset in the office when the ceiling-mounted projector needs to be manually switched on.

Saj Sivers

Saj Sivers, CSI Literacy Strategist

Saj Sivers | CSI Literacy Strategist

BA, MA

Saj Sivers, CSI Literacy Strategist

Saj Sivers | CSI Literacy Strategist

BA, MA

As CSI Literacy Strategist, Saj develops and grows the CSI Literacy brand and product line with specialised focus on the US and other international markets.

She brings to Lift over 10 years of experience in teaching, training teachers and presenting, as well as writing, editing and educational publishing. She began her career in New York, as an English teacher in middle and high schools. She then moved into educational publishing, leading the English Language Arts department at Kaplan K12 Learning Services. In 2010, she started Lucid Learning LLC, an educational writing company.

Saj loves to travel and she has been to 20 countries in the past five years. She also loves to cook and enjoys collecting a new recipe from every exotic destination she visits. Let’s just say her 3-year-old son is not always a fan of these culinary adventures!

Peggy Nesbitt

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Peggy Nesbitt | Project Manager/Educator

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Peggy Nesbitt | Project Manager/Educator

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Peggy has extensive classroom teaching experience across years 1–8, and has worked as a Senior Advisor Literacy for the Ministry of Education.

Self-proclaimed “office mother”, Peggy can always be counted on to bring back biscuits or chocolate when she does the supermarket run. When not overseeing the educational quality of newly-developed learning materials, Peggy enjoys reading real books and watching reality TV cooking shows.

Don Long

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Don Long | Editor

MA (Hons), BA, Dip Tchg, Advanced Dip Tchg

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Don Long | Editor

MA (Hons), BA, Dip Tchg, Advanced Dip Tchg

Don is one of New Zealand’s most experienced publishers of educational resources and an award-winning writer. He manages a wide range of projects at Lift.

His areas of publishing expertise include te reo Maori, Pasifika languages, mathematics, science, second language teaching and learning, and reading and writing. Don’s first printing press is on display at the Alexander Turnbull Library and his first Apple computer is in Te Papa’s early technology collection, giving him a degree of national heritage status. Don is a renowned children’s author, and is currently working on his inaugural adult novel. He also loves to immerse himself in Nordic Noir (do not get him started on the merits of Forbrydelsen or Broen).

Simon Waterfield

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Simon Waterfield | Designer

BDes Visual Communication Design

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Simon Waterfield | Designer

BDes Visual Communication Design

Simon has over 10 years’ experience creating beautiful and engaging solutions for students and educators.

Illustration, typography, and visual literacy are his passions, and he has collaborated with a wide range of clients and contributors in New Zealand and overseas. In his spare time, he wrangles his three children, stopping them from chewing on things they shouldn’t. He shares their love of vehicles, fairies, animals and picture books, and he looks forward to introducing them to his gargantuan collection of comics. Simon endures his fair share of drummer jokes, as he frequently rocks up and down the country playing in a Guns N’ Roses tribute band.

Patrice Nilsen

Patrice Nilsen

Patrice Nilsen | Programme Manager

NCAE

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Patrice Nilsen | Programme Manager

NCAE

Patrice is an expert in workplace assessment and training, with over 20 years’ experience in this area.

For Lift, she advises on the industry training sector, adult education, and NZQA matters. A keen foodie and oenophile, Patrice is passionate about enjoying life with simple pleasures. When she’s not in the kitchen, she can be found outside snowboarding, kayaking, playing golf or capturing images of nature and landscapes, or small things with a macro lens.

Jo Elliot

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Jo Elliott | Project Manager

BA, CAPM

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Jo Elliott | Project Manager

BA, CAPM

Jo looks after the paperwork and minds the purse strings for the Ministry of Education’s instructional series programme of work.

She has worked in publishing for more years than she’ll admit to, but is still inspired by the passion of the writers, editors, educators, and illustrators around her. Her idea of a good children’s book is one that you can read out loud more than six times and still enjoy. A current obsession is the search for a nutritionally balanced lunch box that her stepson will actually eat.

Keri Trim

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Keri Trim | Communications

BCS, GradDipT (Primary), Dip Publishing

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Keri Trim | Communications

BCS, GradDipT (Primary), Dip Publishing

Keri is handy with all things Internet related, and creates content for Lift Education and CSI Literacy’s digital media channels.

In addition to her skills in marketing and communications, Keri has been a teacher and publisher. She once worked on one of Annabel Langbein’s cookbooks — spot her fingers on the haloumi page of Simple Pleasures — and she counts coffee and red wine as two of her best friends. If the Internet were an actual place she’d probably live there, but instead you’ll find Keri in her central city apartment binge-watching Netflix.

Esther Chua

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Esther Chua | Designer

(BDES) Visual Communication Design

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Esther Chua | Designer

(BDES) Visual Communication Design

Esther ran her own award-winning graphic design company for over 10 years, working with publishing clients in NZ and the UK.

She first started working for Lift as an external contractor – she is the lead designer of the CSI Literacy resources and has created many of Lift’s most engaging, innovative resources including the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Genesis Energy resources. She is now a proud in-house Liftie and will continue to work her magic on CSI Literacy and other projects. She is finding the conversations around the office quite different from the ones she had with her previous office mates – her one-year-old and four-year-old. Every chance she gets, she’ll be doing something outside and active (often this involves running after the two kids!).

Claire Gibb

Claire Gibb

Claire Gibb | Publisher

LLB, Dip Publishing

Claire Gibb

Claire Gibb | Publisher

LLB, Dip Publishing

Claire manages publishing projects for a wide range of Lift’s clients.

She is passionate about publishing, relishes the challenge of wrangling a problematic project into line, and loves a good spreadsheet (seriously!). Claire comes to Lift by way of a degree in law, a diploma in publishing and eight years professional experience, including a spell at Penguin Random House. One-time Aucklander, some-time book designer, and all-the-time potato chip addict, Claire has a considerable (and colour-coordinated) collection of cookbooks, and she devotes significant time to expanding the waistlines of friends and family with her next-level cupcakes.

Bernadette Wilson

Bernadette Wilson

Bernadette Wilson | Editor

Advanced Dip Teaching, Dip Editing

Bernadette Wilson

Bernadette Wilson | Editor

Advanced Dip Teaching, Dip Editing

Bernadette has over 20 years’ experience teaching five to seven year olds (no-one taller than her!).

She is passionate about teaching reading and has trained in Reading Recovery and First Chance. Bernadette completed a Diploma in Editing and worked for a short time at Learning Media Limited as editor of the Ready to Read series – the role she now has at Lift. Unlike others on the Lift team, she does not work out at a gym, do Pilates or train for marathons! She prefers to take leisurely walks along the Waikanae River and is one of the few who still irons and bakes for her family!

David Chadwick

David Chadwick

David Chadwick | Editor

BA, Dip Tchg, Dip Special Tchg Needs

David Chadwick

David Chadwick | Editor

BA, Dip Tchg, Dip Special Tchg Needs

David has 12 years’ experience in educational publishing, following on from a number of years as a teacher.

He is one of the editors of the School Journal, and he also works on a range of other materials for students and teachers. David has written several books and music resources for students. In his spare time, he can be found playing old rock and roll songs with his band in dingy dance clubs or walking his border collie on the beach near his home on the sunny Kapiti Coast.

Susan Paris

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Susan Paris | Editor

BA (Hons)

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Susan Paris | Editor

BA (Hons)

Susan has been in educational publishing for most of her working life. The highlight so far has been editing the School Journal.

The journal takes up a lot of space in her life, and she works hard to stay one step ahead of the students. Everything is a potential article or story! In the weekends, she frets over her South Coast vegetable garden and trips over Lego. She plays a surprisingly bad game of Scrabble and is equally poor at crosswords.

Stephen Minchin

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Stephen Minchin | Publisher

BSc, MSc, Dip Publishing

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Stephen Minchin | Publisher

BSc, MSc, Dip Publishing

Stephen creates content and manages the development of various CSI Literacy resources.

In a previous life, Stephen worked for a horticultural consulting company where he helped fruit and vegetable growers figure out how to control pests and diseases. Curiously, he soon realised that this wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He retrained in publishing and promptly started his own company to publish New Zealand science fiction and fantasy, while also taking on editorial and typesetting work for a wide range of public- and private-sector organisations. His current record is working for six companies at once. Stephen drinks quite a lot of coffee.

Kelly Watson

Kelly Watson

Kelly Watson | Programme Developer

BA (Hons) Education & Training

Kelly Watson

Kelly Watson | Programme Developer

BA (Hons) Education & Training

Kelly has worked in adult education for over 15 years, where she has been involved in workplace assessment and training.

At Lift, she is involved in projects for the industry training sector and provides advice and guidance on adult education and NZQA matters. Kelly enjoys being outdoors and in particular likes running and swimming. She also enjoys reading a good book and travelling to new places.

Isaac Snoswell

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Isaac Snoswell | Publisher

BA (Hons), Dip Publishing

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Isaac Snoswell | Publisher

BA (Hons), Dip Publishing

Isaac assists with the editing, managing and marketing of a variety of publishing projects for Lift and CSI Literacy.

Isaac is a big film nut, disappearing during the coldest two weeks of every year to attend the New Zealand International Film Festival. He wastes a lot of time trawling through Jamie Oliver recipes online, then takes double the estimated time and uses half of the required ingredients to cook meals that look nothing like their pictures.

Emily Falloon

Emily Falloon

Emily Falloon | Publisher

BA (Hons), DipGrad Publishing

Emily Falloon

Emily Falloon | Publisher

BA (Hons), DipGrad Publishing

Emily is a PANZ intern and assists on a range of projects for CSI Literacy and Lift Education.

A recent graduate, Emily has a background in English and Classics and acquired a high pain tolerance from two years studying Ancient Greek. Her go-to author is Agatha Christie, yet she will read virtually anything she can get her hands on. She enjoys baking, playing the piano and violin, and doing vinyasa yoga, but not all at once.

Alex Perry

Alex Perry

Alex Perry | Digital Consultant

BSc, GDipTchg (Secondary)

Alex Perry

Alex Perry | Digital Consultant

BSc, GDipTchg (Secondary)

Alex has 14 years teaching experience, and has recently spent 2 years piloting a blended Project-Based-Learning secondary school science class using digital devices and creating digital learning resources.

Five years working as an eLearning facilitator have given Alex an insight into the way teachers use digital resources and what makes a great digital resource. Her role here at Lift is to identify opportunities where digital technologies could enhance the learning experience, particularly in relation to resource development.
When Alex is not at work, she is either running her daughters to and from sport, exercising her dog or reading a book. (Yes, on her Kobo!)

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