Front Office

Anna Rutten

Owner / Overseer
Mother to one and stepmum to three children
Bachelor of Laws

Kidiwise was started by myself and my son, Joss, in February 2010. It has since doubled in size and developed into a Centre children love coming to - there's never a dull moment! I believe Kidiwise provides a top notch environment for your child to develop fully educationally, socially and physically with age appropriate sensitivity."

Courtney Martelli

Operations Manager
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
Registered, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

I have been working at Kidiwise for over nine years. Being able to share the great outdoors at Kidiwise with children is something I love. My vision is to support children in developing their strengths and dispositions and to scaffold them through their journey to becoming competent, confident, lifelong learners. I strongly believe in children’s rights and that they should be heard and recognised for their individual strengths."

Eren Stephens

Office Administrator
Mother to two children
Bachelor of Arts, Major: Media Studies

"I have extensive office administrative experience. I am a mother with one adorable son who loves Kidiwise and my new baby, Cora in the Nestlings."

Nestlings ( 3 months + )

Ezza Jasnih

Team Leader Nestlings
Mother to two children
Registered, Bach. Teaching ECE, Dip. Tourism, First Aid Certificate

I love working with Annie and Darrielle. Its great having a large outdoor play area for our babies at Kidiwise. People say I am a natural baby teacher.

Annie Evans

Nestlings Teacher
Mother to two children, Mamaolo (nana) to one
Registered, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

"I am originally from the Solomon Islands and moved here 21 years ago with my husband. I come from a very close knit family background that values children and where family and communities and very important. I believe loving the child is the first step when teaching."

Darrielle Batchelor-Hirama

Nestlings & Moreporks Teacher
National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), First Aid Certificate

"All children deserve the chance to have fun and be kids. "I believe it is important for our tamariki to learn in a well supported, safe enviroment and to explore and enjoy our great outdoors"

Moreporks ( 2 to 3 years )

Keshia Hurn

Team Leader Moreporks
Mother to one child
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

Embedded in my personal teaching philosophy is a strong bicultural lens; it embodies Te Ao Māori, te reo Māori and a commitment to authentic culturally responsive practices. Ko te ahure te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi - Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work. I believe each child comes with their own unique story, one which I endeavor to learn, support, foster, document and celebrate. Whānaungatanga is central to my practice, whether it be with interactions with tamariki, whānau, fellow kaiako, or the wider community. I believe that children learn best through play and by providing an environment that is warm, inviting, supportive, accepting and conducive to learning.

Natallia Edwards

Moreporks Teacher
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
First Aid Certificate

"My vision for the children is to help them on their way to growing into independent, creative, confident learners and to give them a secure, nurturing environment to achieve this. I love each and every little one we have in the Moreporks"

Darrielle Batchelor-Hirama

Nestlings & Moreporks Teacher
National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), First Aid Certificate

"All children deserve the chance to have fun and be kids. "I believe it is important for our tamariki to learn in a well supported, safe enviroment and to explore and enjoy our great outdoors"

Owls ( 3 to 4 years )

Ann Wester

Team Leader Owls
Mother to three children
Registered, Bach. Teaching (Primary), First Aid Certificate

I am a registered teacher and I've chosen to work at Kidiwise because I love being a part of the team and teaching in such a natural, challenging environment.

Christina (Yuhua) Wang

Owls Teacher
Mother to one child
Registered, Bach of Arts Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

I have worked as an English teacher in China for four years

Julie Leaver

Owls Teacher
Mother to two children
Completed Course 1 of the Playcentre Diploma in Early Childhood and Adult Education, First Aid Certificate

"I enjoy connecting with children through song, movement and through discovery and adventure in our unique, natural environment. Encouraging manners, caring for others, ourselves and our environment is important to me. Kidiwise's natural philosophy aligns with my personal beliefs "

Wise Owls ( 4 to 5 years )

Brianna Goodman

Team Leader Wise Owls
Registered, Bach.Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

"I enjoy working with young children, seeing them gain independence and skills to prepare for life. My passion is for young children learning and developing; guiding them through their early stages of development."

Jenna McCollum

Wise Owls Teacher
Bach. of Teaching (Primary), First Aid Certificate

I'm a young enthusiastic teacher. Kidiwise ticks all the boxes for me with its wonderful unique facilities giving children the ability to extend themselves.

Johanna Juergensen

Wise Owls Teacher
A wonderful capable teacher aide, First Aid Certificate

"Originally from Germany, with experience in childcare. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn about themselves, their environment and getting them school ready. Kidiwise reflects a lot of my values and beliefs; natural learning environment, free play and exploration of different cultures."

Support Staff

Laurissa Irwin

Chef and Cleaner
Mother of two children
Certificate in Food Safety

I am excited and happy in my job here at Kidiwise. The low sugar and preservative free philosophy is in line with my healthy eating principles. I am passionate about educating and nurturing our future leaders and love watching them grow".

Susan Ward

Relieving Teacher
Married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren
Registered, Bachelor of Education (Teaching) in ECE

Hi I'm Susan, I have worked in ECE for almost 20 years. I particularly enjoy physical activities, sports, music and dancing. I like ICT, mathematics (including puzzles and contstruction play). I also enjoy arts and crafts, reading with children, messy and tactile activities, including playdough. I especially love animals and nature, and sharing this in a explorative and creative way with children.

Bree Irvine

Educational Support Worker and Reliever
Mother to one
National Certificate in Hospitality, Occupational Health and Safety

I'm a mother to one returning to work. While on maternity leave I was involved with the local Play Centre. I am passionate about working with children. I was previously employed in hospitality as a trained chef and maitra 'd, then for a company at Tauranga Port as a health, safety and environmental officer. I love being a Mum cooking, swimming and walking.

Come Join the Kidiwise Team

We are always on the lookout for registered and unregistered, active, passionate, sustainable conscious, friendly teachers - permanent and relieving positions. If this is you and you are keen to work in a very different stimulating Centre, please send us your CV with covering letter to