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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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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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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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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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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 – 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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