Rebecca Dudley Centre Owner / Manager / ECE Teacher
A qualified, fully certificated teacher, Rebecca manages both the Kiwi Explorers Centre and the Little Kiwi Explorers Centre. You will also find her working with the children. Rebecca has worked in early childhood education since 1995. Rebecca has an affinity for running a respectful centre where the teachers all feel like part of an extended whanau and love their jobs at Kiwi or Little Kiwi. This then reflects in the respectful relationships that Rebecca forms with all whanau who enrol their children at the centre. She works very hard at making things work for all the whanau who wish to enrol their children and makes sure things work for their families and their lives as well as what they need. Rebecca has experience in managing an ECE Centre in North West Auckland and has worked with all age groups previously to opening and running Kiwi Explorers Early Education Centre.
Bevan Dudley Centre Owner / Director
Bevan is very busy behind the scenes at Kiwi Explorers, as a director he manages all the accounts and works with the accountants. Bevan has a background in alternative education and also the police force. Bevan has a genuine passion for the well being and education of the community. As well as the work he does at Kiwi Explorers, He also loves the outdoors and does a lot of mountain bike riding and exploring and inspires his family with his interests.
Cath Wikaira Centre Supervisor / ECE Teacher
Cath is a qualified, fully certificated teacher, Cath has many years of ECE experience and is very keen to share her skills and knowledge with the Kiwi Explorers team. Cath works alongside Bex in the office helping do all the paperwork that we need done and finds this a very interesting and inspiring role. She loves to learn more about early childhood and the new Ministry of Education and Teaching Council regulations and requirements that are consistently changing and adapting. Cath loves to break this information down and present it to the teachers in an understandable way.
Emily Stalker ECE Teacher
Emily is a qualified fully certificated teacher and is the team leader of the Early Explorers classroom and loves that age group. She enjoys finding activities that stimulate the children's interests and are also beneficial to them especially as they prepare for school. Emily is Mum to two beautiful boys who she loves spending time with, she also loves playing netball and is very good at it. Emily likes to set up activities that challenge the Early Explorers to understand the world around them. She enjoys setting up PMP activities for the tamariki so that they can extend themselves physically as this will help them become better prepared for school.
Emma Inch ECE Teacher
Emma is the Team Leader of the Junior Explorers. She is from a farm in Harwarden, North Canterbury and came to Nelson for boarding school in 2011. She nows lives in Nelson and has two pet bunnies. Emma loves being adventurous and loves the outdoors. She is loving working at Kiwi Explorers and feels that it has opened her up to become a more confident passionate teacher. Children are her passion and she feels very lucky to be a teacher. She loves to watch children grow and flourish whilst working alongside them.
Amanda Stoddart ECE Teacher
Amanda is a fully certificated and registered teacher who is the team leader of the Little Explorers. Amanda has worked in ECE since 1998, she grew up in the Waikato and moved to Nelson in 2003. Amanda lives in Stoke with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, Amanda likes to go running, bike riding, and going on family adventures. Amanda has made strong relationships with the tamariki and whanau during her time working at Both Kiwi and Little Kiwi Explorers. She loves the team culture and passion at both centres and brings a wealth of knowledge with her.
Susan Tonks ECE Teacher
Susan is a qualified ECE teacher and after working in the Junior Explorers team she has moved over to the Little Explorers team where she has fit right in and is really enjoying this age group. Susan grew up in Wellington and trained as a primary school teacher. She has lived in Nelson for the last 18 years. Whilst in Nelson Susan retrained as an ECE teacher and has taught for 8 years in ECE and private nannied for 6 years. She is celebrating the challenge of being back in a centre environment as young children are her passion and she loves to observe them exploring, learning, developing thinking and creating and then guiding, supporting and scaffolding them in that learning journey.
Abbie Willetts ECE Teacher
Abbie has joined the Kiwi Explorers team after working at other centres in Nelson, she has a calm pleasant nature and is awesome with the children. Abbie works with the Junior Explorers and has lots of fun activities to share with them. Abbie loves to watch the children form the different friendships and likes to help these develop by working alongside the children in a caring responsive manner. She really enjoys setting up PMP activities for the children and extending their skills in this area.
Michelle Murphy ECE teacher
Michelle is a fully qualified ECE teacher and brings a vast amount of knowledge to the Junior Explorers team. Michelle has worked in ECE from many years now and is always setting up amazing activities for the tamariki to get involved in.
Tina Lipsham ECE Teacher
Tina has started working in the Early Explorers class after relieving for us for a while. Tina enjoys seeing and supporting children's relationships develop in a positive manner as they form friendships with other children and kaiako. I have a background in sport and look forward to sharing my ideas for PMP with the children.
Paige Fergusson ECE teacher
Paige has recently finished her training and is now a fully certificated ECE teacher. Paige works at Little Kiwi Explorers and forms some amazing relationships with the tamariki there. Paige has musical talent and will sing to the tamariki and if they are very lucky she will play her guitar.
Pip Rainbow Teacher
Pip is a mother of two beautiful children. Pip works with the Early Explorers, Pip is an experienced teacher who has a natural appreciation for children of all ages and feels privileged to assist in their development. She began her study towards a bachelor in early childhood education in 2020. Pip has been working at Kiwi Explorers for 7 years now and really enjoys the team environment and being a part of the children's lives. She always finds new and creative ideas for the children to do and loves to observe their interactions with each other.
Puna Wikaira Teacher
Puna works four days a week in the Junior Explorers and loves being a part of the team. She is studying towards doing her teaching degree and is really enjoying being a part of the team environment that Kiwi Explorers has to offer. She will be often found dancing and singing with them as they explore the creativeness in all of them and she develops their self confidence.
Rebekah Cook ECE Teacher
Rebekah has worked in ECE since 1997 and has been working at Little Kiwi Explorers since late 2017, initially as a reliever before moving into a permanent teaching role. She is a fully certificated and qualified teacher. Rebekah has lived in Nelson all her life and is married with a teenage daughter. She enjoys reading, walking and yoga and is also a qualified careers advisor. Rebekah enjoys being part of the team at Little Kiwi Explorers and forming strong relationships with the children in her care and their whanau.
Wendy Linden Teacher
Wendy is a permanent part time teacher in the Junior Explorers. Originally from Wales Wendy has lots of exciting activities to share with the children. You will always find Wendy with a happy smile on her face playing with the children and setting up activities that follow their interests.
Katherine Rackley Teacher
Katherine is a member of the Little Kiwi Team and works there part time 3 days a week. She is also willing to help in any of the other rooms if needed. Katherine forms great bonds with the children and supports the teachers with their key children's daily routines.
Abi Allred Student Teacher
Abi has joined us in the Junior Explorers after volunteering at Little Kiwi as part of her course requirements for her Certificate in ECE
Kaysha Dudley Student Teacher
Kaysha is studying a certificate in ECE and plans to start a Bachelor in ECE next year. She enjoys spending time with the children and will often read them their favourite stories.
Hannah Stewart Teacher
Hannah works part time in the Junior Explorers. Hannah is passionate about children's learning and development and always has their best interests at heart. Hannah loves to set up activities for the children that extends their learning and exploration of the wider world.
Aliya Stuart ECE Teacher
Aliya moved to NZ from Russia. She has completed her graduate diploma in ECE. Aliya has a daughter and two sons. Aliya enjoys learning about other cultures, travelling, and spending time with children teaching them new things and also learning from them. She works at the Little Kiwi Centre and has some amazing activities that she does with the children. Aliya has also been involved sports at the highest level as she has been part of the russian olympic canoe slalom team.
Mikayla Stanbridge-Brien Teacher
Mikayla has joined the Little Explorers team and is really enjoying spending time getting to watch how the tamariki learn and grow at this age.