Ruahine Kindergartens

Our People

Ruahine Kindergartens is a not-for-profit Association governed by a Board, which is elected by our community. 

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Association lies with the CEO and Central Office team.

Kindergartens and Early Learning centres are led by a Head Teacher or Centre Manager, supported by a team of qualified and registered teachers, Administrators and Teacher Aides. Our Home-Based service is led by a Home-Based Coordinator, supported by a team of Educators.

Central Office Support Team

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Alison Rudzki - Chief Executive Officer

Alison is the Licensee of all Ruahine Kindergartens, Early Learning and Home-Based in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education Early Childhood Regulations 2008. She has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Association, running this within the policy guidelines set by the Board.

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Megan Edwards - Operations Manager

Megan supports all our services to operate smoothly, efficiently and remain fully compliant, whilst providing a high quality experience for our children and families.  She works with teams to ensure they are meeting their individual communities need for quality early childhood education.

Gaylyn Campbell  
Gaylyn Campbell - Senior Teacher

Gaylyn provides professional leadership, advice and support to our teachers.  She visits our kindergartens and early learning services regularly to ensure programmes are the highest possible quality for our children and whänau.

Zane Kitchen  
Zane Kitchen - Finance Manager

Zane manages the Finance Team and has responsibility for the Association's funds across all 23 Kindergartens, Early Learning, Home-Based and Association office.

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Salaa Levao - Finance Administrator

La'a works closely with Zane to ensure our finance systems run smoothly.  

 

 Jill Brider  
 
Jill Brider- Facilities and Finance Administrator

Jill looks after all the facilities and assets in the Ruahine Kindergarten Association. She is also part of the Finance team providing support where needed.

  

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Carrissa Hirst - Senior Human Resources Advisor

Carrissa makes sure Ruahine Kindergarten Association remains a preferred and fair employer. She manages recruitment and employment systems for all staff and provides specialist advice and support.

Michelle Atger  
Michelle Atger - Payroll & Infocare Manager

Michelle ensures all our 200+ staff get paid and is also responsible for the operation of Infocare - the system used to comply with Ministry of Education reporting requirements, which enables us to receive Government funding.

   
 
Bonita Anderson  
Bonita Anderson - Marketing Executive

Bonita co-ordinates all marketing collateral, manages our signage and social media.

Katrina Ives  
Katrina Ives - Human Resources and Events Coordinator

Katrina works closely with the Senior HR Advisor on a wide range of Human Resource activities.  She also supports Robyn in the organisation of continuous professional development for teachers and is the secretary of our Health & Safety Management and Staff Committee meetings. 

 Home-Based Coordinator    
Mel Johnston – Ruahine Home-Based Coordinator

Mel is responsible for our Home-Based service.  She recruits our Educators, supports them through regular visits and professional development; and helps match Educators with parents/caregivers requiring education and care for their children.

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Maddy Peters-Algie - Ruahine Home-Based Visiting Teacher

Maddy provides ongoing support and guidance to our Educators, children and families. This includes regular visits, planning and running our programme in the community, and providing ongoing Professional Development.

Enviroschools Facilitator

Maddy facilitates the Enviroschools programme across our RKA services, supporting children and their teaching team to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. 

 

 Trace Stevens  
 
Trace Stevens - Ruahine Home-Based Visiting Teacher

Trace provides ongoing support and guidance to our Educators, children and families. This includes regular visits, planning and running our programme in the community, and providing ongoing Professional Development.