the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Meet the Management Team

Kia ora koutou, warm greetings from the Management staff. As committed advocates of quality early childhood education we are proud to provide the administrative and professional support services that allow children to enjoy a fabulous start to their learning journey.

We do this by attending to the day to day running of the Association which includes:

  • Employment and management of all Association staff
  • Professional support and development
  • Payroll
  • Financial recording and reporting
  • Property maintenance and insurance
  • Health and Safety compliance
  • Deliverance of the strategic plan goals set by the Board
  • Local kindergarten committee support
  • Administrative services to kindergartens and Parents as First Teachers

Introducing the Management Team Members

Helen McNaughten, General Manager

Licencee for 16 kindergartens and has overall responsibility for the management of the Association.             

It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team of teachers and support staff who are committed to providing young children with memorable and fun learning experiences. I am committed to ensuring a kindergarten service is available to  our communities for the foreseeable future, that children experience a fantastic start to their education journey and that our employees are enabled to excel at what they do best. I joined the Association in September 2006. I have lived in Hawkes Bay since 1963 and my husband and I raised our son here.

Ph 027 442 3163          Email:
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Leonie Bond, Finance Manager

Responsible for Association budgets, Infocare management, financial management, services procurement and payroll services. Also manages the treasury for kindergartens and provides training and support for kindergarten teachers.  

"I started working for the Association in Napier in 1997 as Finance Manager. I subsequently moved to Wellington from where I am able to deliver all of the services required of me in conjunction with regular travel to Napier as required. My involvement with Napier Kindergartens began in 1992, as a parent at Pirimai Kindergarten, then as a trustee on the Board. I love my job and the people I work with!  My interests outside of work include reading, cross stitching and spending time with my family."

Ph: 04 2323431           Email:
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Beth Huddleston, Education Manager

Responsible for the professional support, development and supervision of teachers and teacher aides and also responsible for teacher registration.

Qualification: Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

"As an Education Manager my role is to provide support, guidance and professional development for our highly motivated teaching teams. I have worked in this position since the beginning of 2009. My career in education includes kindergarten, ESL and working in International schools. I love all the outdoor activities that Hawkes Bay offers and traveling both in NZ and overseas. I live in Haumoana, which is both picturesque and tranquil."
Ph: 06 835 7890 extn 4          Email:

Introducing the Management Support Team Members

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Helen Whaanga, Office and Facilities Coordinator

Responsible for administration support to the office and liaison/coordinating services to the kindergartens.

My children and I all attended Greenmeadows Kindergarten and now I'm lucky enough to be able to work with our great teaching and management teams at Napier Kindergartens. I am fairly new to this role but looking forward to supporting our teachers so they can provide an excellent preschool education and experiences to the children of Napier.
Ph: 06 835 7890 extn 3 or 022 324 1162     Email:
Julie Crook, Finance Support

Responsible for support services to the Finance Manager including payroll services.

Ph: 06 8433 556        Email:

resized photo jo-674Jo Hales,   Human Resources Administrator

Responsible for Human Resource Administration for the Association

Ph  027 398 0715    email:

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