the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Meet the Board

Welcome to the Board

Our Board are passionate about our kindergarten communities - children, their whanau and our staff. As such, our kindergarten communities are the focus of all decisions, discussions and future directions that we as a Board undertake. We feel privileged to be part of the learning journey that the Tamariki in our kindergartens are embarking on and are greatly inspired and encouraged in 'the joy of teaching and love of  learning' that is fostered in these communities.


The Napier Kindergarten Association Board is responsible for the governance of the Association and its role includes:

• Development of the Association’s Strategic Plan
• Employment of the General Manager
• Monitoring of strategic outcomes
• Management of risk
• Monitoring of legal compliance
• Setting policies

The Napier Kindergarten Association Board is comprised of the following 9 positions:

Vice President
Staff Board Member
Board Members (x6)

The General Manager, Finance Manager and Education Managers are Ex officio members of the Board.

Members are either voted or conscripted onto the Board for a 2 year term.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year in order to carry out its responsibilities. Representatives of the Board also attend Kindergarten AGM’s, the Association AGM and on occasion may participate on various Standing Committees or Review Groups.

The Board prepares regular newsletters which are distributed to our kindergarten communities and are also available under the Board Newsletter page.

Current Board Members:

Rachel Murray (Elected Staff Board Member)
Rachel is Head Teacher of Tamatea Kindergarten and was elected to the Board by staff in 2016. Rachel has a strong interest in learning about governance and being involved in setting the future direction of Napier Kindergartens. She brings her experiences as a teacher, a parent and an employee to the role. 

Sarah Nash (President)
Sarah was elected to the Board in April 2016 and re elected in 2018. She was elected as President in May 2019.

She has worked in Public Relations (PR) for over 18 years (including six years in London) and for the past 10 years has run her own business. As a highly skilled PR consultant she prides herself on devising and implementing effective communication strategies and these skills are fundamental to the success of any business or organisation.
With four children (two of whom are step-children) she is very aware of the importance of nurturing inquisitive and enquiring minds and the important role early childcare plays.  Many studies show that our children are ‘shaped’ between the ages of 2-5years of age so therefore quality pre-school education is paramount to us forming self-assured, happy kids which then leads to vibrant and successful communities. She is excited about the opportunity to channel my passion for children, education and our community together with my professional competencies into helping make a positive difference on the NKA board.

Ingrid Squire Feb 2020 - Copy-144Ingrid Squire
Ingrid was elected to the Board in April 2015 and re elected in 2017. Ingrid has a personal interest in the Association as her son attended kindergarten. She has had previous experience on a number of committees and Executives over the past 18 years, in particular her role as Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee (for HB). Her legal training requires that she be able to pay attention to detail and absorb information quickly - skills which will help in her role on the Board. 

Alison Donovan
Alison was co opted to the Board in June 2017 and elected in 2018.
Alison sees her accumulated skills and experience as being complimentary to existing Board members and useful in helping to shape the future of the Association. She has business and financial management experience as well as many years' experience as a parent, education trainee, session supervisor and office holder in the ECE sector in the form of Playcentre.

She has a daughter at Taradale Kindergarten which was also attended by her two older children and has previously been involved with the kindergarten committee for 5 years.

Being  a Board member gives her the opportunity to give something back to the Association in return for the benefits her family has received through the life-changing and wonderful kindergarten experience.

Karl Wairama - Website  Karl Wairama
Karl was co opted onto the Board November 2019. Karl's youngest of 4 children is attending Onekawa Kindergarten.

Karl brings many skills to the Board including Project Management, Social Marketing, Employee Training and Development as well as a strong commitment to kindergarten.

Casey Hucker
Casey was co opted onto the Board February 2020. She has a child attending Taradale Kindergarten. She is interested in being involved in the education and development of our local children and involved in an association that is developing to meet the demands of our changing society.

Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Learning is child's play and teaching is a passion.

Our Mission:
Children and parents look forward to their kindergarten experience