Front Office

Anna Rutten

Owner / Overseer
Mother to one and stepmum to three children
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

Operations Manager
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
Registered, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 19 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 ( 3 months + )

Ezza Jasnih

Team Leader Nestlings
Mother to two children
Registered, Bach. Teaching ECE, Dip. Tourism, First Aid Certificate. Started 15 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.

Christina (Yuhua) Wang

Nestlings Teacher
Mother to one child
Registered, Bach of Arts Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 9 July 2018.

I have worked as an English teacher in China for four years. I can speak Mandarin, English and a little Japanese. After moving to New Zealand I studied Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about working with babies and toddlers. They are so creative and imaginative. I love their spontaneity and their amazing drive to make sense of the world. I find it rewarding to be a part of their learning journey.

Darrielle Batchelor-Hirama

Nestlings & Moreporks Teacher
National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), First Aid Certificate. Started 28 September 2016.

"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

Currently on Maternity Leave
Mother to one child
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 3 August 2020.

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
First Aid Certificate. Started 17 February 2014.

"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"

Kerri McGuirk

Moreporks Teacher
Bachelor of Education: Primary Teaching; First Aid Certificate

I am a primary trained teacher from Ireland who is awaiting teacher registration in New Zealand. I recently moved from Australia where I taught aboriginal children aged 2 to 8 years old in a school within their community. I also have experience working with children as young as babies right up to the school years. I love the outdoors and have strong beliefs on the educational benefits nature brings to children when exploring their environment. I am looking forward to developing my experience and getting to know how the New Zealand Education system works and learning more about Maori culture.

Owls ( 3 to 4 years )

Ann Wester

Team Leader Owls
Mother to three children
Registered, Bach. Teaching (Primary), First Aid Certificate. Started 4 February 2019.

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.

Julie Leaver

Owls Teacher
Mother to two children
Completed Course 1 of the Playcentre Diploma in Early Childhood and Adult Education, First Aid Certificate. Started 31 January 2017.

"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. Started 13 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."

Shainia Ellingham

Wise Owls Teacher
Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate. Started 8 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

Wise Owls Teacher
Mother to Three Children (one at Kidiwise)
Registered, Bach.Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

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.

Support Staff

Laurissa Irwin

Chef and Cleaner
Mother of two children
Certificate in Food Safety. Started 3 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 15 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