Our People

Ana Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara Wellington
Ana , Assistant Manager

Malo e Lelei and Kia Ora everyone,

My name is Ana and have been in the Early childhood sector for 10years. I was born and raised in the Big City of Auckland. Travelled to Wellington during my maternity leave and since then have not left. So, my family and I have called this city of Wellington our second home.

As an educator I want to motivate and enthuse children by creating a fun, learning environment in which every child come to believe in themselves and be proud of who they are taking this stance – I count, I care, and I can. I love seeing children develop to their full potential. Watching them grow and thrive makes it worthwhile to be part of their lives.

In my spare time I love to be just around my family and making memories together.

Nardia, Team Leader

Kia ora

I have been part of early childhood education over fifteen years and am passionate about providing quality education and believe that it essential that all children have an opportunity to play and learn in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.

My teaching philosophy includes:

  • Relationship with parents / caregivers to form a strong partnership in children’s learning
  • Create a positive environment that encourages children to take risks and know that their culture, values, and ideas are respected and celebrated by their peers and kaiako.
  • Allow children’s natural curiosity to guide and direct their learning.

Early childhood education is an exciting sector to be involved in and a privilege to be part of.

I am excited to be part of the Kaiwharawhara whānau and am looking forward to supporting the team and tamariki.

During my down time I enjoy spending time with family, reading and supporting my local community by providing time for whānau to spend time with their tamariki.

Rui, Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Rui.

I have a passion for nurturing and educating, as well as learning from, little “persons”. I have a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from the New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) and am a registered and qualified early childhood teacher since November 2019.

I used to live in Auckland and after working as a relief teacher in couple different centres for almost 2 years, I learned a lot from other experienced teachers. This meant I felt more confident in teaching and support children’s learning through various teaching strategies. After I graduated from NZTC, I moved down to Wellington and work as a permanent teacher in the toddler's room at active Explorers Kaiwharawhara.

I value and believe working within partnership with the parents and developing good relationships with each family. I enjoy capturing a child's special moments, developmental milestones, and unfolding personalities. When I am not busy at work, I enjoy getting outside, travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

Mara Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara Wellington
Mara, Teacher

Talofa Lava, Kia Ora and warm greetings to you all.

My name is Tamara Lei’u but known as Mara. I was born and bred in Wellington, NZ and my Aiga (Family) hail from the Pacific Islands of Samoa

I began my journey in early childhood education in the year of 2015. I studied with New Zealand Careers College (NZCC) and went on to do some casual relieving for a but, until I got offered a permanent position with an Early childhood centre based in Wellington. Since then, I have been teaching and have loved every bit of it. It has been rewarding journey being able to encourage, support and guide the Tamariki through their early stages of life and just seeing them blossom onto capable and competent learners.

Tejal Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara Wellington
Tejal, Teacher

Kia Ora and Namaste.

My name is Tejal. I was born and brought up in this beautiful city called Wellinton but with an Indian background.

I worked as a nanny before becoming apart of this amazing team here at Active Explorers whom I have been with for 5 years. I grew up playing hockey for many years and participating and choreographing dances for events and shows all around New Zealand.

I am passionate about children, their learning, growth and helping them to become ready for their next journey ahead at big school. I am very excited to be of you and your child’s journey here and look forward to working alongside of you as parents and your children.