Kiwi Explorers ECE

219 Main Road, Hope,
027 4567340
7.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Kiwi Explorers EEC

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 

Bevan is a director of Kiwi Explorers.  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. He 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.

Libby Wright ECE Teacher

Libby is a fully certificated teacher and works in the Junior Explorers. Libby is originally from Christchurch but has been living in Nelson since 2019. Libby is a passionate early childhood teacher with a love of supporting tamariki develop their social competence and independence skills through positive guidance. She is a calm nurturing kaiako who is always providing engaging learning experiences based on children's current interests and learning goals. In her spare time she enjoys her animals, going to the beach, reading books, gardening, cooking, walking and spending quality time with her whanau.

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 works at Little Explorers 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. Whilst in Nelson Susan retrained as an ECE teacher and has taught for 8 years in ECE and private nannied for 6 years. She has found that 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 is a fully qualified and certificated teacher, 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 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 fom 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. Tina has a background in sport and looks forward to sharing her 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.


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.

Maretta Burbidge ECE Teacher

Maretta works in the Junior Explorers and brings a wealth of knowledge with her. Maretta advocates for play based learning while encouraging tamariki to develop a love for nature. Maretta has been teaching for a long time now and has had experience in kindergarten as well as pre schools so has lots of ideas to share with the tamariki.

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.

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.

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.

Abi Allred Student Teacher

Abi works in the Little Explorers after volunteering at Little Kiwi as part of her course requirements for her Certificate in ECE. 

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.

Brooke Hammett Teacher

Brooke is in her first year of study towards a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education through Te Rito Maioha. Brooke works mainly between the Early Explorers and Junior Explorers but also does some work at Little Explorers now and again. Brooke enjoys watching the tamariki learn and grow as they play and follows their interests so that she can plan for these.

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.


Claire Taylor Teacher

Claire has been relieving at Kiwi Explorers for a while now and just started in a part time role in the Early Explorers. Claire has a pleasant nature and loves learning alongside the tamariki

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.