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

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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 joined the Association in September 2006. I have lived in Hawkes Bay since 1963 and my husband and I raised our son here. "

Ph 06 835 7890 extn 1          Email:
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Leonie Bond, Finance Manager

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

"I have just completed my 13th year as Finance Manager for the Assn, the last 12 working from my home based in Wellington, however my involvement with Napier Kindergartens began 18 years ago, 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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Eileen Kennedy, Education Manager

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

Qualification: Diploma of Teaching (ECE) Post Graduate Diploma in Child Advocacy.  
"My role is to professionally support the teachers who provide outstanding education and care for our children.I am immensely proud to have worked in this role for the past ten years. My career in education encompasses kindergarten as well as home based care and adult education. I live with my family in Taradale and adore the rich opportunities that abound in the Hawkes Bay area."
Ph: 06 835 7890 extn 2        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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Lynda Clark, PA Admin

Responsible for administration support to the General Manager and Education Managers.

Ph: 06 835 7890 extn 3        Email:
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Julie Crook, Finance Support

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

Ph: 06 8433 556        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