The Te Puawai Team

Lead Teacher


I am the Lead Teacher in the Te Puawai room.  Here at Christopher and Robin I enjoy creating an environment that the tamariki get excited about.  Seeing tamariki smile after achieving their successes makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I love the challenge of not knowing what each day will bring.  If I can make tamariki laugh and smile and create a spark of excitement then I have achieved success for myself.  I am passionate about being a good person to those around me. I strive to make someone smile everyday and look forward to going home and spending time with my own beautiful tamariki at the end of a day of learning here at the Centre.

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Teacher Registration 385021

Key Teacher


I have lived in Whangarei all my life.   I am a nurturer for the tamariki in the Te Puawai room where I am a key teacher.  I love spending time with my family and I have an Indian redneck and a cockateil named Nyx and Tweety.  I love Harry Potter, Japanese anime and I am an avid reader.

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Teacher Registration 379178

Key Teacher


It is my honour and privilege to be a team member in Te Puawai.  I have been qualified and working in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and my love and passion for it is still as strong now as it was then.

One of the key concepts in my teaching is raising my expectations so the children rise to meet them.

I love life and having fun so you will see me laughing….a lot!!

The other strong foundation of my practice is relationship with children, kaiako and whanau - we are in this takes a village to raise a child.

Diploma Teaching (ECE)

Teacher Registration 224849

Key Teacher


I am one of the senior educators here at C&R in the Te Puawai room.  I love working with my team as well as being a mentor.  I’m passionate about the wellbeing of all tamariki that are in my care and my number one goal is for them to succeed to their full potential.  My passions include the outdoor environment, physical play, getting out and about in the community.

My motto is Healthy Body = Healthy mind.

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Teacher Registration 306284