Our Onehunga Centre

Management / Administration

Kylie – Centre Manager

I have been working in Early Childhood for over 20 years and have built many special relationships with children. I enjoy chance to empower children to take responsibility for their own learning while I learn with and alongside them. I thrive on the belief that we can all learn off each other. Ako, where the student is as much the teacher as I am, is a concept that links well my values.

Ako is grounded in the principle of reciprocity and also recognises that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. Through working with the children, their whānau and the other teachers in the centre, we can all work together to create great learning opportunities that will set the children up for a future full of learning.


Ashley – Preschool Room Head Teacher

My personal teaching philosophy is underpinned by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. I feel that creating relationships with the children and parents is vital in the child’s learning and development within an Early childhood environment. As a teacher, I enjoy project-based work and experiences I can engage with children, teachers and families alike.

I feel that children can really benefit from tuakana teina (learning alongside older and younger children), as each child offers a unique view and perspective. This makes learning interesting and a reflective process for myself. I personally enjoy working in a natural environment as I feel that children should be able to feel and enjoy all elements and aspects of the whenua. The environment offers children natural provocations and curiosity for learning.


Hello, Kia ora. Ni hao/你好, everyone. My name is Shiming. I came from Guangzhou, China, and had been to New Zealand for almost four years. I am one of the teachers in the preschool room as well as working towards my bachelor degree in early childhood teaching. I love children. I have the passion of being an early childhood educator and I enjoy spending my time with the children. In my teaching philosophy, I believe every child has the right to learn and explore the world around them in their own way. Therefore, respecting the children is necessary as well as giving them the freedom to make choices and learning. At the same time, I have the strength to build a relationship with children, and working collaborates with the colleagues to participate in children’s learning.


Hey, my name is Luzaan. I have moved to New Zealand after many years of working with children in South Africa. My passion has long been working with and alongside children to help them grow. I am constantly amazed as I get to meet new children and see all the different learning that takes place within the centres that I have been involved in.

Working in an centre where the environment plays such an important part of the childs learning is something that really connects with my beliefs and I strive to help the children by setting up new and exciting provocations that will engage the children to explore. It is through these explorations that we, as teachers are able to guide and support their ongoing learning. Children are such wonderful and amazing beings who have so much to learn and a deep passion for learning and exploring all that is around them.


Rachel – Juniors Room Head Teacher

I am a mother of two boys, and have been teaching in since 2001. My experience has been with children from birth all the way to high school age. I became a registered ECE teacher in 2007.

Ako and tukana teina is the base of my personal teaching philosophy. I believe relationships are the foundation of teaching and learning and that we learn from each other. Learning alongside each other in responsive and reciprocal relationships is so rewarding in this field of life.


Kia Ora/Hello/您好, my name is Sally. I have 30 years’ experience working in early childhood with all age groups an various philosophies. I am eager to work alongside the tamariki to support their learning. I am RIE and Pikler inspired which fits nicely with the centre philosophy and practices.Through respectful interactions with the children, I can build strong, lasting relationships to help support their independent learning.


Kia Ora! Apa khabar? Ni Hao? My name is Faith,.I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I’m passionate about children as I believe they are our future. Furthermore, in my teaching philosophy, I value respect and trusting relationships with children and parents/whānau. Respect plays a huge role in my teaching as I do view children as competent individuals, capable of leading their own play. I also believe that building trusting relationships with children and parents/whānau through reciprocal interaction, which I believe supports children’s wellbeing and learning development. I am so honoured to be a part of every child’s learning journey and I hope to create meaningful and fun experiences with your child


Kia ora, Malo-E-Lelei, my name is Temaleti-Paea-I-Piangil, known as Tee. I was born here in New Zealand, but my parents hail from the Friendly Island of Tonga. I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Educational Psychology. Children are my passion, I have been working alongside primary aged children, toddlers and babies. It has been nothing but fun and a great learning experience. My personal philosophy is centred around nurturing, caring, and providing a safe environment for the tamariki, followed with guidelines provided by Te Whāriki. It is a privilege to work at apples, especially creating the wonderful relationships with the tamariki and their whanau and also having a great supportive teaching team.


Kia Ora my name is Sarah, I have experience working with a variety of aged children, both preschool and school aged. Children are my passion. I believe they learn by exploring the environment around them, either at home or in the centre; having an environment which children feel safe and respected with the freedom to explore will allow them the chance to build their confidence and are able to grow in their learning is vital to their development.To help them grow and learning children need to have This also links into Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum as well as reflecting the RIE and Reggio philosophy which apples in inspired by.

As a kaiako, I endeavor to nurture, care, support and educate the children, to help children reach their full potential by discovering the environment that we live in and to have meaningful relationships with others. I enjoy being able to see the children do their own learning and being able to ask them questions, so that get their mind thinking while they are playing; children learn best through play.

I also feel that having trusting relationships and good, open communication with other kaiako and the childrens whanau will help me to be able to better know the child and support their learning, sense of belonging, well being and development. I also feel that all of this achieved through the respect and trust that you build with parents, children and staff.