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Board Members and National Office Staff

James Patea – President, Tauranga

James was elected as president of the NZK board at the AGM held in Wellington on 15 September 2017. James was the chair of Inspired Kindergartens in Tauranga and a trustee at Welcome Bay School. I have always been an advocate of quality education and outcomes for tamariki. My interest in the health and vitality…

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Becky Walker – Board Member, Westport

Becky is a shareholder in her Dairy Company and aside from raising two children, dairy farming and all that it accompanies, her background is in Business accounting, administration and management. She has worked for accounting firms in Christchurch and in Westport for about 16 years. Becky has served on the Westport Kindergarten Association Board for…

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Dr Jean Martin – Board Member, Christchurch

Jean was appointed to the NZK Board in April 2019. Jean is an independent organisation development executive with extensive leadership, business, and governance experience within central government agencies and commercial organisations. Jean has a passion for business and governance excellence, accessible best practice education services, and the delivery of customer service that meets the needs…

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Julie Craig – Board Member, Oamaru

I am passionate about seeing how we can strengthen, change and grow NZK to meet the expectations of the members while strengthening kindergarten for the children and families who attend. Julie was elected to the Association Manager position on the NZK Board in September 2019. Julie is the Oamaru Kindergarten Association (OKA) General Manager, a…

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Kaye Heasman – Board Member, Heretaunga

I have a vested interest in how the kindergarten movement aligns itself to current community needs and am committed to seeing the movement flourish in the current climate. Kaye was elected to the ECE Professional position on the NZK Board in September 2019. Kaye is the Education Delivery Advisor for the Heretaunga Kindergarten Association.

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Sarah Tocker – Board Member, Wellington

Sarah was appointed to the NZK Board in April 2019. Sarah is a Principal Associate at Tocker Associates Limited. She works with senior leaders and lead teams in the areas of specialist leadership and learning / development consultation, strategy and trend development, facilitation, design, development, and implementation and review of leadership and learning work across…

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Tania Jones – Board Member, Wellington

Tania was appointed to the NZK board in January 2018. Tania is the current deputy chairperson of He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association and vice chair of Volunteer New Zealand. Tania is Strategic Coach with ClearThinking Coaching Ltd and CEO of Christian Medical Foundation NZ. Tania has a passion for community organisations and their development, a…

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Jill Bond – Chief Executive Officer

Jill has enjoyed a significant public sector career. For the past 25 years she has held executive/senior leadership roles in the New Zealand Central Government agencies of Health, Education and Housing. Before joining NZK she was the Executive Director, Office of the Director General of Health. She worked across the organisation and the health and…

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Joanne Newth – Office Manager

Joanne has a background in IT, accounting and administration and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Joanne’s introduction to kindergarten was through her daughters when she became involved with the local Johnsonville Kindergarten. From 1996 to 1999 Jo was committee secretary and an elected member of the Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Association…

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