Nayland Kindergarten - The Teaching Team
Kia ora te whanau
Ko Wharepapa te maunga
Ko Matahi te awa
Ko Taitapu te moana
Ko Palauli, ki Hamoa te iwi o toku matua
Ko Greymouth, Aotearoa te kainga tuturu o toku whaea
Ko Hamoa toku kainga tuturu, engari, e tipu ana ahau Ki Aotearoa
Ko Peniamina Su toku matua. Kua mate toku matua inaianei
Ko Elwynne Su toku whaea
Ko Tala Meleisea toku hoa rangatira
Ko Penni, Ko Fa’avae, Ko Cole ratou Ko Joseph aku tamariki
Ko Margie Meleisea ahau.
I am a Nelson born Samoan. My father’s village is Palauli in Sa’vaii and later moved to Alamagoto in Apia. I am married to Tala and we have four children Penni, Fa’avae, Cole - who are working now and Joseph - who attends Nayland College.
I'm on the Board of Trustees at Nayland Primary and Nayland College Board as well as on the stewardship group for the Kāhui āko for the Stoke and Tahunanui schools. This gives me a great oversight as to how our education community works and how we can make the best possible transitions for children. I have been involved with Nayland Kindergarten since 2001 as a parent committee member, administrator, teacher and now head teacher. Tala’s Aunty Janice Fa’avae, nee Taylor, was the first head teacher of Nayland Kindergarten so we have a strong family connection to this place.
I look forward working with your whanau to make the most of the time we have with your child. Thanks for choosing Nayland! I love to strive to do more and do it better, providing a fun progressive place that belongs to all of us.
Kia Ora te whanau
Ko Wharepapa te maunga
Ko Motueka te awa
Ko Aorere te moana
Ko Ngati Maru te iwi
Ko Ken, Ko Violet oku matua
Ko Neilson tōku pāpā
Ko Maureen tōku māmā
Kua mate okū matua inaianei
Ko Kerry tōku tungane
Ko Peter tōku hoa rangitira
Ko Sara tāku tamahine
Ko Matthew tāku tama
Ko Hendrix, Ko Jett, Ko Billie, Ko Milan, Ko Zeb, Ko Jaydon, Ko O’Sharn, Ko Nova, Ko Lyla, Ko Keira, Ko Ben rātou, Ko Samuel aku mokupuna
No Whakatu ahau
He Kaiako ahau te whare te kohungahunga Nayland Kindergarten
No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
It is pretty exciting to be able to say that I have the best job in the world. Everyday there are WOW moments that just make you appreciate the honesty of life and learning through children's eyes. I have been working at Nayland Kindergarten for about 19+ years now and look forward to many more.
I was born in Te Awamutu in the North Island, but some 40 years ago I ventured south, never to return north again. I love the Nelson region and all it has to offer in the way of the coffee and art culture, and with the recreation and leisure just at my door.
I am of Māori descent, from the Ngāti Maru iwi in the Coromandel and I continue to explore my cultural heritage.
My husband Peter and I live in Stoke, we have 5 adult children between us, Sara, Matthew, Troy, Alyssa and Sarah and 12 grandchildren. We all try to catch up as often as possible as they do not all live close by.
Kia ora te whanau
Ko Kiekie te maunga
Ko Rangitata to awa
Ko Zelandia te waka
No Hakatere ahau
Ko Simone rāua ko Laura āku tamāhine
Ko Terence toku hoa tane
Ko Lynette ahau
Kei Whakatu tōku kāinga
He kaiako ahau ki te kura kōhungahunga o
Nō reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena
Originally from Ashburton, I now call Nelson home. I enjoy the lifestyle, culture and arts that are all so accessible in the Nelson region.
I studied visual arts at NMIT, and I continue my art practice in my spare time. The main art medium I work with is cast-glass, and I exhibit regularly and am part of the Nelson Suter Art Society.
In my spare time I also enjoy spending time with my dog Ruby, kayaking, cycling, walking and exploring the wider Nelson region.
I am a Mum to two adult daughters, Simone lives in Christchurch, and Laura in Oamaru.
I look forward to working with your children, and getting to know your family, as we work together on their learning journey.
Nga mihi mahana kia koutou.
Ko Maungatapu te maunga
Ko Maitahi te awa
Ko Tai Tapu te moana
Ko Whakatu te marae
Ko Kakati te whare tupuna i te wahi e noho ana ahau.
Ko Mary Saxon Faulkner ahau
ko Ian Faulkner toku hoa tane
Ko Joel, Ko Mitchell, Ko Mia a maua tamariki
Kei te noho matou ki Tahunanui i Te Waipounamu
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.
Kia ora koutou. I am originally from Greymouth, but have also lived in Gore, Tonga, and Tasmania before settling here in Nelson 20 years ago.
I am a mum to three children, two boys and a daughter who all attend school nearby.
I am married to Ian who is care giver.
When I am not at kindergarten I enjoy reading, watching movies, watching my kids play sport, playing the ukulele, walking on the beach with my two dogs and catching up with friends.
I look forward to getting to know you and your whanau and working together during your time here.
He aha te mea nui
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
Kia Ora te whanau
Ko Pukeone te maunga
Ko Wairua te awa
Ko Rodger Fowler tōku papa
Ko Annette Crombie tōku māma
Ko Alexander Crombie tāku tama
Ko Kirstie Crombie ahau
Nō reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.
I was born and mostly bred in the Nelson region. I currently live in Richmond with my son Alexander. He has a rare chromosome deletion and it was through him and his therapists, specialists and early childhood teachers I realised how much I enjoyed teaching children all they can be. After deciding to start studying I was lucky enough to become a student teacher in 2012 at Nayland Kindergarten. Now a new graduate I feel extremely privileged to be working within a cohesive team that has such a child focused, community based, family centred kindergarten.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, biking, reading, sewing, spending time with my son, friends and enjoying the chaos of a very large extended family with 12 step brothers and sisters. I am looking forward to seeing everybody again and getting to know your tamariki and welcoming your whānau.
Ko Putuaki te Maunga
Ko Whakatane te Awa
Ko Heighway toku iwi
Ko Mayfair te waka
Ko Mungarongo toku marae
Ko James Heighway toku Papa
Ko Gloria Steed toku mama
Ko Fay Vaughan toku ingoa
Ko Jeffrey Vaughan toku tane hoa
Ko Timothy taku tama ko Ruth taku tamahine
Whakatane toku turangawaewae,
kei Nelson toku kaianga inainae.
Kia ora te whanau
I was born in Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty and grew up youngest of 4. I first worked in the early childhood sector as a student in high school doing the clean-up at the end of each day. A lot of years past and after two children my husband Jeff and I moved to Nelson from Taupo, and I began to return to teaching after being at home with my children for ten years. I love gardening and have a passion for sustainable practices. I love being creative and have turned my hand to many different arts; Spinning, weaving, mosaics upholstery and jewellery making as well as sewing and quilting. The thing that excites me most about being a kindergarten teacher is that there is a sense of helping build a foundation for learning for life for each child alongside whanau and community. I Look forward to getting to know you and your child as we share this time together here at Nayland Kindergarten.
I grew up in the small South Canterbury town of Waimate (best known for the large white horse on the hill) - it was here that both my sister and I were ‘Kindy Kids’. After many fun and sun filled summer holidays in Nelson our family moved here when I was a teenager, it was here that I met Darren.
In our 20’s we spent very hot years in Central Queensland before returning home to Nelson. We decided to then try out our parenting skills on 3 cats, 2 birds and a dog- we successfully managed this, then along came our 3 boys - Lee, Jay and Cooper - not so surprisingly a bit more tricky to parent!!!
As a family we enjoy the beaches and rivers around Nelson, getting the BBQ out and going camping in the summer. As the boys are getting older we are finding bike riding along the cycle ways tracks around our region is a great way to explore.
All three boys have attended Nayland Kindergarten and enjoyed its stimulating and fun environment, it is their many happy experiences here which made me want to be a part of the Nayland team as an Administrator.