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Naenae Kindergarten - Our team

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Address 19 Seddon Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt 5011
Phone 04 920 9824

Mobile 027 450 0151
Email naenae@huttkindergartens.org.nz

Group size 40 max

Session Times
Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 2.30 pm



Head Teacher: Maureen Wilson

Teaching Team:




Ashwani Kamanahalli

Anna Stratford

Louise Curran (parental leave)

Tiara Tane


Teacher Support:

Lauren Eathorne

Etina Lepa


The Naenae team is committed to providing the best possible early childhood experience for our children.


The strong links that have been developed with our extended whanau and community are evident in the Maori carvings on our fort, informal visits from the community constables, and chats with the postie and other locals through the fence.


Our children love using the worm farm and compost bins to feed their own vege garden. Our teachers promote good social skills through cooking, negotiating for turns with the toys, and encouraging children to think of others’ needs and be kind.

Our Vision

(This is our "wawata" - our dream or aspiration for our kindergarten)

The quality of early childhood education today influences the well being of citizens and society in the future. Children leaving Naenae Kindergarten will have a great sense of themselves being capable and confident learners, with the aspirations, skills and knowledge to want to continue to engage in education throughout their lifetime.

Our Philosophy

The teaching team believes in:
• Providing a warm and welcoming environment for all children and their whānau/family.
• The importance of having strong relationships between children, families and community, and in working together in partnerships to meet the shared aspirations we have for our children.
• The concept of Ako being grounded in the principle of reciprocity and also in recognising that the learner and whānau cannot be separated.
• Whanaungatanga being evident in the ways in which we value the interconnectedness between people, places and things.
• Children having a sense of empowerment and connectedness to learning opportunities, and will experience self determination in the direction of their interest, skills and knowledge.
• That all children will have the right to feel and experience inclusion, and will have equitable opportunities regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability etc.
• Practicing sustainable ways of being, both in regards to the way we interact with people and also with our environment.
• Having clear, open and honest communication.
• That the early years should be a fun time of learning through play, surrounded by the laughter and company of friends and family.


Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket
the people will thrive