Our People

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Nakita Hart, Centre Manager

Kia ora,

My name is Nakita Hart, and I am the centre manager of Greta Point. I have come from Active Explorers, Upper Hutt. I really enjoy working with children and watching them grow as individuals and conquer the world in their own way.

I have been a teacher for nearly 10 years and have enjoyed all the opportunities I have been given. I have originally come from the Kapiti Coast; this is where my family reside.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and enjoy drag racing, this also helps with travelling as drag racing has taken me all over NZ and to Australia. I also enjoy riding motorbikes, horse riding and spending time with my family.

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Tania Waugh, Teacher

Kia ora koutou, my name is Tania Waugh, I have been an ECE teacher since 1982. Within this time, I have held multiple roles within ECE.

I left the sector when I had my second child and became a stay at home mum.

When my children were at primary school, I became a Kaimahi (teacher aid) and worked up until starting at Active Explorers, with many beautiful children with specific needs such as cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, Fetal alcohol syndrome, type one diabetes just to name a few.

I am a mum of two teenage boys which I have raised with my husband, we also have a dog who is our biggest baby.
I have come full circle and decided now is the right time for my family and myself to return to my passion of teaching preschool children.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Johanna Tenbohmer, Centre Cook

Hi, my name is Jo 

I have been working for Evolve for over 6 years. 

I work in the kitchen. I love cooking and researching new ideas and recipes. 

I enjoy getting to know the children here and forming a bond with them. 

I have 4 children (adults now), all at different stages in their life and parts of NZ. 

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Susan Champman, Assistant Manager

Kia ora I am Susan

I am a born and raised Wellingtonian, with a large family based both here and around New Zealand. I am the oldest of 5 siblings with many nieces and nephews.

I started my journey after leaving high school working in primary as both the supervisor for before and after school care, holiday programme and working as a teacher aide where I supported children with additional needs. I nannied for a few years, where I thoroughly enjoyed the close relationships with both children and their families.

Wanting to learn more I began my journey into teaching. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University and am a fully registered teacher. I have been teaching for over 10 years in ECE with all ages.

I am passionate about promoting an environment where children are free to develop at their own pace, celebrating each child’s unique journey. Relationships with families is such an important aspect of my work. Through these relationships I learn all about what you as a parent want for your child. I look forward to working alongside you in supporting your child to grow and develop through respectfully relationships, close bonds and helping them to reach their potential.

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Lauren McNiece, Teacher

Kia Ora whanau, my name is Lauren McNiece.

I was born and raised on a farm in Hawkes Bay which is probably the reason I am so passionate about the outdoors and learning through nature. I have over 10 years teaching experience and am qualified in both ECE and Primary, I have also lived and worked as an English teacher in Indonesia. 

My personal teaching philosophy is seeing every child as an individual with something special to offer. I believe children learn best when they in an emotionally warm, supportive, physically safe, and challenging environment with a genuine rapport with their teacher. Relationships will grow from interactions between people that are respectful, responsive, and reciprocal.

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Justine Martindale , Teacher

Kia ora my name is Justine I am 25 years old, and I am a first-year student, studying toward a New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) at New Zealand Tertiary College. 

I live in Miramar with my partner and 4-year-old son Lucas. I have a passion for animals and children and after 3 years doing my vet nursing and rescuing animals for them to have a better life, I decided to finally give my first passion since I was 5 years old a go and start my work with children.

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Carol Tyson, Team leader - Kea

Hi, my name is Carol Tyson, I was born in England and have lived in New Zealand for the last 23 years.

As a young woman I trained as a Nursery Nurse in the UK which allowed me to teach children through play.  This led me into nannying .  I worked for three families and stayed with one for fifteen years.  During that time, we lived in the USA for 2years before coming to New Zealand. 

I had the opportunity to be involved in organizations such as Brownies, Scots and swimming clubs and do voluntary work at several schools.  I fell in love with New Zealand and decided to stay in 2000.  I continued with my training and became an Early Childhood Teacher and have taught ever since.

I believe that every child is unique and has the right to a childhood filled with love, warmth, and rich experiences within a secure loving environment.

Zahn Abraham, Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Zahn Abraham, I was born in Napier which is in Hawkes Bay

I started my Early childhood education Journey in 2017 when I lived in Christchurch and finished in 2019. I moved to Wellington at the end of 2020 for a new beginning to my teaching journey. I have always had a passion for physical activity by playing multiple sports over the years from rugby to Badminton and enjoy the gym and going for runs. My passion for being an early childhood educator grew from looking after my younger sibling and extended family which pushed me to study and now, I have the privilege to be a positive role model and guiding our young Tamariki to have fun and enjoy their learning journeys.

I believe every Tamariki is unique and have to ability to learn and grow and become awesome individuals who can be proud of themselves and everything they accomplish.

Justine Miller, Admin

I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa – I have been in New Zealand for 5 years.

I have been working as an Office Manager/Administrator for the last 27 years, running a successful family business in SA and remotely from NZ.

My husband Gary and I have been together since 2005.  We have 2 awesome boys; Jake is 11 and Daniel is 3.

Courtney Trotman, Reliever

Kia ora, my name is Courtney.

I am born and raised in Upper Hutt, I have always had a passion for teaching so at the end of college, I decided to follow my dreams and study Early Childhood Education.

I am now studying for my diploma in Early Childhood Education.

I look forward to working alongside all the tamariki.

Lydia Bucknell, Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Lydia Bucknell, and I am a third-year student at Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University). 

I am studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood

I am originally from a small town in Central Hawkes Bay called Waipukurau. I come from a big family of four siblings and was raised in a Christian household.

I am a very creative person so I like getting involved in projects I enjoy art, photography, and creating new games or resources where I can be super creative.

I have a great passion for teaching and creating relationships with tamariki. I strive to impact tamariki in their early stages of life and believe in the mana enhancing of each individual.  

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Eden Penfold, Teacher

Hi, my name is Eden and I was born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand, and later moved to Wellington after graduating high school.


Coming from a big family, I got plenty of babysitting experience as a teenager, and this sparked an interest in working with children. Since then I have explored this through working as a teacher aide, after-school care coordinator and  gymnastics coach.

From spending time with different age groups of children, I have since realised that my biggest passion is with the early years. What I love the most about working in early childhood education is building close bonds with the children and getting to share in so many of their achievements.

Jackie Overall, Teacher

Hello, my name is Jackie Overall.

I have been Deaf since birth due to Rubella.

All my Adult Daughters are hearing. I have recently become a first time Nana to my two months old grandson who I adore so much.

I have been working here at Active Explorer since March 2015. I believe that to support the children that wellbeing and belonging we need to encourage them to expand their learning development, their own children's identity, and the wider world view. We need make this centre feel their second home where they feel safe with their Kaiako's.