Our Staff

Braidie Heberley Braidie Heberley

Braidie is the Lead Educator at Ko Te Aroha. She has a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education. Braidie has been at Ko Te Aroha since 2008 and works 5 days a week.

Suzie Wilmshurst Suzie Wilmshurst

Suzie joined our Ko Te Aroha whanau in January 2018 as the Centre Manager. Suzie holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and also holds a NZ Teacher Council Full Registration. Suzie works at Ko Te Aroha 5 days a week.

Jinny Ali Jinny Ali

Jinny has a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood with the University of Canterbury and full teacher registration. Jinny has been at Ko Te Aroha since 2012 and works 5 days a week.

Kelly Hawkins

Kelly joined our Ko Te Aroha whanau in January 2019. She is a fully qualified and registered teacher and works 2 days a week at Ko Te Aroha.

Jasmine Robens Jasmine Robens

Jasmine has been Ko Te Aroha since April 2017. Her Iwi affiliations are Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane and Kai Tahu. Jasmine is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) Degree through Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood and works at Ko Te Aroha 2 days a week. Her favourite quote is “He taonga te mokopuna, Kia Whangaia, Kia tipu, Kia rea” “A child is a treasure to be, nurtured, to grow, to flourish”

Natalie Stuart Natalie Stuart

Natalie joined our Ko Te Aroha whanau in 2017. Natalie is currently completing her Diploma in ECE and works at Ko Te Aroha 2 days a week.

Christine Lenz & Isabel Todd Christine Lenz & Isabel Todd

Izy and Christine our are lovely Centre cooks. Izy and Christine both hold a NZQA certificate in Food Safety. Izy has experience in catering and has been cooking for the children for 7 years.  Christine joined our team in August 2015.  All meals are provided for the children including a cooked lunch each day.

Maura Marron

Maura is the Centre Administrator at Ko Te Aroha.