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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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Helen McNaughten – Board member, Napier

I am committed to the kindergarten movement and wish to ensure it continues to flourish into the future hence I am a strong advocate for quality ECE. Helen was elected to the association manager position on the NZK board in September 2013 and is in her third term. Helen is the Napier Kindergarten Association (NKA)…

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Claire Brown – Board member, Wellington

Claire was elected to the NZK board in 2011. She took up an appointed position on the board in 2013 and is in her second term. Claire has been a board member on the He Whānau Manaaki (formerly Wellington) Kindergarten Association since 2005 and vice-chair since 2009, and is also a trustee on the Cashmere…

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Maria Stockman – Board member, Tauranga

Maria was appointed to the board in 2015. Maria is an audiologist by profession but left clinical work to focus on business and leadership. She is the NZ Business Development Manager for HearingLife and is involved in a technology start-up company. Maria is on boards of the Tauranga Regional Kindergarten Association and the Mt Maunganui…

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Grant Harrison – Board member, Northland

I believe early childhood experiences lay the foundation for the development of well-rounded individuals that contribute to NZ communities. I believe I can play a role in supporting kindergarten to remain very highly placed to deliver the profoundly excellent opportunities to the tamariki of New Zealand. Grant was appointed to the NZK board in December…

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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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Joanne Newth – Administrator

Joanne Newth was appointed NZK office administrator in 2011. Jo has a background in IT, accounting and administration and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Jo’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…

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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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