Front Office

Anna Rutten

Owner / Overseer
Mother to one and stepmum to three children, grandmother to one
Bachelor of Laws. Started Kidiwise February 2010.

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! Unless a child feels like they belong they cannot learn. Kidiwise establishes connections with their children. I believe Kidiwise. provides a top notch environment for your child to develop fully educationally, socially and physically with age appropriate sensitivity." There's no other Centre like it - anywhere!

Courtney Martelli

Centre Manager
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 19th October 2010

I have been working at Kidiwise for over ten 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."

Nestlings

Courtney Martelli

Support Teacher
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 19th October 2010

I have been working at Kidiwise for over ten 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."

Shainia Ellingham

Nestlings Teacher
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 8th January 2021.

I love the outdoors and accompanying nga tamariki on trips around the local community. I love having the opportunity to maximise the progression of nga tamariki holistically and seeing how far their imagination and creativity takes them.

Janelle Mellor

Nestlings Teacher
Mother to Three Children (one at Kidiwise)
Started 28th July 2021

I have 9 years experience working as a Teacher Aide in special needs education where I honed my abilities in lesson planning assistance and student supervision. I have a people-centric nature, am a strong communicator and have a passion for building positive relationships. I enjoy building a nurturing safe learning environment for children. I look forward to getting to know you all at Kidiwise.

Moreporks

Lisa Yang

Moreporks Teacher
Bach. Management Studies majoring in Human Resources and Strategic Mgmt.

Free the child's potential and you will transform him/her into a whole new world. Here at Kidiwise we value every child and care. We believe they are confident and competent at achieving their own milestones and achievements through support and empowerment.

Ezza Jasnih

Currently on Maternity Leave
Mother to two children
Certificated, Bach. Teaching ECE, Dip. Tourism, First Aid Certificate. Started 15th April 2019.

I love working with Annie and Darrielle. It's great having a large outdoor play area for our babies at Kidiwise. People say I am a natural baby teacher. I am always calm and nurturing, Embedded in my practice is a strong belief in Pikler and RIE, where babies and toddlers have the opportunity to develop kind and respectful relationships with their teachers, through gentle care moments, free movement and uninterrupted play. Our large space is perfect for this.

Bree Irvine

Moreporks Teacher
Mother to one
National Certificate in Hospitality, Occupational Health and Safety. Started 13th January 2020

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.

Owls

Courtney Bignall

Owls Teacher
Bach. Teaching (Primary)

Each child brings something unique to the Centre. It is important to my teaching practice that I foster relationships with the child's whanau where they feel they are consistently included in decisions that affect their child's learning. I am passionate about supporting and growing each child's potential by believing in them and treating them as the competent learners that they are.

Merlye Pan

Owls Teacher
Mother to Two
Certificated, Bach of Teaching (ECE); Diploma in Education Counselling; Diploma in International Education Services, First Aid Certificate, Started 22nd November 2021

I am a creative and determined person. I strongly believe in empowering tamariki to be competent and confident learners as part of the Centre's philosophy. Acknowledging the child's kete of knowledge from parents, whanau and communication. Advocating and being respectful to the rights of the child to be heard. I am passionately involved with getting to know our local whanau and the roles of different marae and whanau from the centre because of my commitments to the Treaty of Waitangi and creating meaningful bicultural practice.

Wise Owls

Fiona McDonald

Wise Owls Teacher
Mother to two adult children and proud nana to two grandsons - 2 years and 6 weeks.
Bach. Teaching (ECE)

I have a passion for the outdoors and love exploring with the tamariki what papatuanuku has to offer, which drew me to becoming a kaiako here at Kidiwise. I believe and view each tamariki as an individual with specific needs and ways of learning. My passion is to teach tamariki to grow up being confident and capable learners, while giving them the tools to be leaders in their own learning. Claiborne & Drewery (2010) state "Relationships between each of their peers is critical for their success with learning". "Social relationships among children are an important part of the learning of children before they go to school. Learning to be friends and how to manage social conflicts are important skills at this age".

Brianna Goodman

Team Leader Wise Owls
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 13th December 2018

"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."

Support Staff

Laurissa Irwin

Chef and Cleaner
Mother of two children
Certificate in Food Safety. Started 3rd July 2019.

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".

Johanna Juergensen

Relieving Teacher
A wonderful capable teacher aide, First Aid Certificate. Started 15th April 2019

"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."

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.

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 info@kidiwise.co.nz