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KiNZ Orewa Early Learning Centre
46 Centreway Road
Orewa, Auckland, 0931
(09) 426 8909
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Glendene School Playgroup
60 Barrys Road
Glendene, Auckland, 0602
(09) 373 1992
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Hay Park Playgroup
670 Richardson Road
Mt Roskill, Auckland, 1041
(09) 373 1992
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Whenuapai Kindergarten
16 Airport Road
Whenuapai, Auckland, 0618
(09) 416 4125
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Previously known as Hobsonville North Kindergarten
Westmere Kindergarten
90 Garnet Road
Westmere, Auckland, 1022
(09) 376 3833
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Westlake Forrest Hill Kindergarten
Tiber Road
Milford, Auckland, 0620
(09) 410 7742
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Wesley Kindergarten
26a O'Donnell Avenue
Mt Roskill, Auckland, 1041
(09) 620 0702
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Wellsford Kindergarten
Hazelmere Street
, Wellsford, 0900
(09) 423 8281
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Waterview Kindergarten
17 Oakley Avenue
Waterview, Auckland, 1026
(09) 828 1467
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Yendarra Kindergarten
31 Crown Crescent
Otara, Auckland, 2023
(09) 274 6877
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KiNZ Otara Early Learning Centre
69 Otara Road
Otara, Auckland, 2023
(09) 274 8994
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Panama Road Playgroup
139 Panama Road
Otahuhu, Auckland, 1062
(09) 373 1992
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Lincoln Heights Playgroup
16 Keegan Drive
Massey, Auckland, 0614
(09) 373 1992
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Kelston Girls Playgroup
Lynwood Road
Kelston, Auckland, 1010
(09) 373 1992
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KiNZ Sandringham Early Learning Centre
27 Shorwell Street
Sandringham, Auckland, 1025
(09) 845 1364
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KiNZ Myers Park Early Learning Centre
Myers Park, 381 Queen Street
CBD, Auckland, 1010
(09) 373 2709
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KiNZ Mission Heights Early Learning Centre
31 Valderama Drive
Flat Bush, Auckland, 2019
(09) 265 2850
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Otahuhu Central Kindergarten
27 Fort Richard Road
Otahuhu, Auckland, 1062
(09) 276 9009
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Previously known as Fort Richard Road Kindergarten
Otahuhu Kindergarten
51a Hutton Street
Otahuhu, Auckland, 1062
(09) 276 7835
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Owairaka Kindergarten
6a Dunkirk Terrace
Owairaka, Auckland, 1025
(09) 846 5476
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Pakuranga Kindergarten
107a Reeves Road
Pakuranga, Auckland, 2010
(09) 576 9605
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Parnell Kindergarten
12 Alberon Place
Parnell, Auckland, 1052
(09) 377 3071
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Pigeon Mountain (Ōhuiarangi) Kindergarten
64 Pigeon Mountain Road
Bucklands Beach, Auckland, 2012
(09) 537 0083
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Ponsonby Kindergarten
22 Ponsonby Terrace
Ponsonby, Auckland, 1011
(09) 376 4931
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Pt Chevalier Kindergarten
90 Walmer Rd
Pt Chevalier, Auckland, 1022
(09) 846 0897
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Point Chevalier
Pt England Kindergarten
130B Pt England Road
Pt England, Auckland, 1072
(09) 570 9557
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Oratia Kindergarten
552 West Coast Road
Oratia, Auckland, 0604
(09) 818 4409
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Mt Roskill Kindergarten
19 Akarana Avenue
Mt Roskill, Auckland, 1041
(09) 620 8323
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Previously known as Akarana Avenue Kindergarten
Murdoch Park Kindergarten
43 Chestnut Road
Papatoetoe, Auckland, 2025
(09) 278 9443
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New Lynn Kindergarten
10 Ambrico Place
New Lynn, Auckland, 0600
(09) 827 1627
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Northcote Central Kindergarten
36 College Road
Northcote, Auckland, 0627
(09) 418 1593
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Previously known as Northbridge Kindergarten
Northcote Kindergarten
7 Nutsey Avenue
Northcote, Auckland, 0627
(09) 480 7039
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Omana Kindergarten
42 Omana Road
Papatoetoe, Auckland, 2025
(09) 278 7933
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Onehunga Kindergarten
17a Cameron Street
Onehunga, Auckland, 1061
(09) 636 8057
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Previoulsy known as Onehunga Cuthbert Kindergarten
Orakei Kindergarten
Corner Coates Avenue & Grace Street
Orakei, Auckland, 1071
(09) 521 0732
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Oranga Kindergarten
48a Waitangi Road, [entrance at 52C]
Onehunga, Auckland, 1061
(09) 579 7654
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Ranui Kindergarten
Ranui Station Road
Henderson, Auckland, 0612
(09) 833 9887
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Remuera Kindergarten
2 Wairua Road, (next to the Reserve)
Remuera, Auckland, 1050
(09) 520 1575
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Previously known as Constance Colegrove Kindergarten
Takapuna Kindergarten
11a Tennyson Avenue
Takapuna, Auckland, 0622
(09) 489 6189
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Taupaki Kindergarten
20 Cottle Road
Taupaki, Auckland, 0782
(09) 810 9005
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Te Atatu Peninsula Kindergarten
16a Harbour View Rd
Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, 0610
(09) 834 5024
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Te Atatu South Kindergarten
66a Divich Avenue
Te Atatu South, Auckland, 0610
(09) 836 3856
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Te Atatu Village Kindergarten
580 Te Atatu Road
Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, 0610
(09) 834 6012
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Titirangi Kindergarten
509 South Titirangi Road
Titirangi, Auckland, 0604
(09) 817 6613
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Waiheke Kindergarten
Donald Bruce Road
Surfdale, Waiheke, 1081
(09) 372 8478
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Waitakere Kindergarten
12 Township Road
Waitakere, Auckland, 0614
(09) 810 8180
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Sylvia Park Kindergarten
10 Hamlin Road
Mt Wellington, Auckland, 1060
(09) 570 2200
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Previously known as Mt Wellington Kindergarten
Sunnynook Kindergarten
50 Sunnynook Road
Sunnynook, Auckland, 0620
(09) 410 5210
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Previously known as Broadlands Kindergarten
Roskill South Kindergarten
1327 Dominion Road Extension
Mt Roskill, Auckland, 1041
(09) 620 5706
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Sandringham Kindergarten
2 Kenneth Avenue
Sandringham, Auckland, 1025
(09) 849 4523
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Snells Beach Kindergarten
15 Hamatana Road
Snells Beach, Warkworth, 0920
(09) 425 6330
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Hibiscus Coast Rodney
Somerville Kindergarten
84a Clydesdale Road
Howick, Auckland, 2014
(09) 535 1675
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St Heliers Kindergarten
43 Maskell Street
St Heliers, Auckland, 1071
(09) 575 8113
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St Johns Kindergarten
49 Howard Hunter Ave
Glen Innes, Auckland, 1072
(09) 521 1477
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Previously known as Tamaki Kindergarten
Sturges Road Kindergarten
124 Sturges Road
Henderson, Auckland, 0612
(09) 836 4943
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Summerland Kindergarten
62a Summerland Drive
Henderson, Auckland, 0612
(09) 835 0909
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Sunnyvale Kindergarten
31a Kaikoura Street
Henderson, Auckland, 0612
(09) 836 2283
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Mt Eden Kindergarten
11a Milton Road
Mt Eden, Auckland, 1024
(09) 630 3720
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Papatoetoe Kindergarten
53 Wilmay Avenue
Papatoetoe, Auckland, 2025
(09) 278 5867
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Massey Kindergarten
326a Don Buck Road
Massey, Auckland, 0614
(09) 833 7000
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Mayfield Kindergarten
20r Pearl Baker Drive
Otara, Auckland, 2023
(09) 274 5100
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McNaughton Kindergarten
14 McNaughton Avenue
Mangere, Auckland, 2024
(09) 275 9593
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Meadowbank Kindergarten
122 Meadowbank Road
Meadowbank, Auckland, 1072
(09) 521 5799
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Milford Kindergarten
14 Pierce Road
Milford, Auckland, 0620
(09) 486 1188
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Mission Bay Kindergarten
82 Atkin Avenue
Mission Bay, Auckland, 1071
(09) 528 7029
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Morningside Kindergarten
31 Taylors Road
Mt Albert, Auckland, 1025
(09) 846 3101
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Mt Albert Kindergarten
24 Mark Road
Mt Albert, Auckland, 1025
(09) 846 4379
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Cascades Kindergarten
Lady Marie Drive
Pakuranga, Auckland, 2010
(09) 576 7466
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Chelsea Kindergarten
62 Balmain Road
Birkenhead, Auckland, 0626
(09) 480 7332
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Colwill Kindergarten
19 Kintara Drive
Massey, Auckland, 0614
(09) 833 9794
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Dannemora Kindergarten
141 Kilkenny Drive
Dannemora, Auckland, 2016
(09) 271 2397
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Devonport Kindergarten
43 Vauxhall Road
Devonport, Auckland, 0624
(09) 445 3504
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Don Buck Kindergarten
124a Don Buck Road
Massey, Auckland, 0614
(09) 832 4899
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Ellerslie Kindergarten
122 Celtic Crescent
Ellerslie, Auckland, 1051
(09) 579 0076
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Epsom North Kindergarten
33 Kimberley Road
Epsom, Auckland, 1023
(09) 630 7539
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Previously known as Eden Epsom Kindergarten
Epsom South Kindergarten
14 Aberfoyle Street
Epsom, Auckland, 1023
(09) 638 9272
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Previously known as Lady Cobham Kindergarten
Farm Cove Kindergarten
20 Galloway Crescent
Pakuranga, Auckland, 2012
(09) 576 9934
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Previously known as Whiteacres Kindergarten
Favona Kindergarten
Wakefield Road
Mangere, Auckland, 2024
(09) 275 8212
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Bucklands Beach Kindergarten
8 Oliver Road
Bucklands Beach, Auckland, 2012
(09) 534 6212
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Botany Downs Kindergarten
22 Maroubra Place
Howick, Auckland, 2010
(09) 534 9025
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Glen Eden West Kindergarten
78a Rosier Road
Glen Eden, Auckland, 0602
(09) 818 3698
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Previously known as Rosier Road Kindergarten
Anchorage Park Kindergarten
9 Tiaka Place
Pakuranga, Auckland, 2010
(09) 576 3138
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Aorere Kindergarten
43 Chantelle Place
Papatoetoe, Auckland, 2025
(09) 279 4269
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Avondale Kindergarten
195 Rosebank Road
Avondale, Auckland, 1026
(09) 828 9532
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Bairds Kindergarten
20 Edward Ave, (Gate 2 at the School)
Otara, Auckland, 2023
(09) 274 7111
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Bayview Kindergarten
70 Bayview Road
Glenfield, Auckland, 0629
(09) 444 5540
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Beach Haven Kindergarten
179 Beach Haven Road
Beach Haven, Auckland, 0626
(09) 483 8706
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Previously known as Birkdale Kindegarten
Belmont Bayswater Kindergarten
1C Rosyth Avenue
Bayswater, Auckland, 0622
(09) 445 6744
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Birdwood Kindergarten
21 Karepo Crescent
Ranui, Auckland, 0612
(09) 832 5700
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Birkenhead Kindergarten
97a Mokoia Road
Birkenhead, Auckland, 0626
(09) 480 9330
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Blockhouse Bay Kindergarten
5 Exminster Street
Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, 0600
(09) 627 8042
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Ferndale Kindergarten
830 New North Road
Mt Albert, Auckland, 1025
(09) 846 6909
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Flat Bush Kindergarten
329 Bairds Road
Otara, Auckland, 2023
(09) 274 8644
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Kauri Park Kindergarten
11 McGlashen Place
Birkenhead, Auckland, 0626
(09) 483 7073
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Kingsdene Kindergarten
62 Mascot Avenue
Mangere, Auckland, 2022
(09) 275 4658
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Papatoetoe North Kindergarten
1 Beryl Place
Mangere East, Auckland, 2024
(09) 276 4057
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Kotiri Kindergarten
Laingholm Kindergarten
436a Huia Road
Laingholm, Auckland, 0604
(09) 817 4372
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Lincoln North Kindergarten
47a Longburn Road
Henderson, Auckland, 0610
(09) 836 2740
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Lynfield Kindergarten
108 Halsey Drive
Lynfield, Auckland, 1042
(09) 626 3218
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Mangawhai Kindergarten
36 Insley Street
Mangawhai, Mangawhai, 0505
(09) 431 4333
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Mangere Bridge Kindergarten
36 Lindis Place
Mangere Bridge, Auckland, 2022
(09) 636 9552
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Mangere West Kindergarten
67 Idlewild Avenue
Mangere, Auckland, 2022
(09) 275 4090
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Previously known as Idlewild Kindergarten
Maraetai Beachlands Kindergarten
39a Craig Road
Maraetai, Auckland, 2018
(09) 536 6934
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Howick Kindergarten
51 Wellington Street
Howick, Auckland, 2014
(09) 534 9124
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Hobsonville Kindergarten
34a Trig Road
Whenuapai, Auckland, 0618
(09) 416 8723
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Hillsborough Kindergarten
668 Richardson Road
Hillsborough, Auckland, 1041
(09) 620 5344
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Freemans Bay Kindergarten
16 Tahuna Street
Freemans Bay, Auckland, 1011
(09) 376 2465
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Glen Eden Kindergarten
3 Clayburn Road
Glen Eden, Auckland, 0602
(09) 818 6389
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Glen Innes Kindergarten
71 Taniwha Street
Glen Innes, Auckland, 1072
(09) 528 4113
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Glendowie Kindergarten
225 Riddell Road
Glendowie, Auckland, 1071
(09) 585 1991
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Glenfield Kindergarten
Mayfield Road
Glenfield, Auckland, 0629
(09) 444 8473
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Greenhithe Kindergarten
10 Isobel Road
Greenhithe, Auckland, 0632
(09) 413 9171
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Grey Lynn Kindergarten
25 Home Street
Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
(09) 378 6941
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Previously known as St James Kindergarten
Henderson Kindergarten
1a Henderson Valley Rd
Henderson, Auckland, 0612
(09) 838 8710
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Highland Park Kindergarten
563 Pakuranga Road
Howick, Auckland, 2010
(09) 534 7074
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Marlborough Kindergarten
7a Agincourt Street
Glenfield, Auckland, 0629
(09) 480 9061
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Green Bay Kindergarten
10 La Rosa St
Green Bay, Auckland, 0604
(09) 827 4044
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Our Board of Directors

The Auckland Kindergarten Association is a government-funded organisation that operates as a charitable trust. (CC22833)

AKA is governed by a board of nine elected members who are responsible for the governance of the Association. You can read the AKA Constitution here.

The day-to-day management role is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by specialist staff at AKA's Head Office.

The Auckland Kindergarten Association is made up of 107 kindergartens, five KiNZ all day early learning centres, and five Playgroups. Each kindergarten or KiNZ Centre has a teaching team - typically a head teacher (or Centre Manager) and 2 - 4 teachers as well as support staff (such as Teacher Aides, Relievers and Administrators). The Playgroups are mostly run by the families that attend, with assistance from our Playgroup Co-ordinators.

 

MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Simon Jones, Auckland Kindergarten Association

SIMON JONES, BOARD Chairperson

I am proud to be a board member of the Auckland Kindergarten Association, and, for the last four years,  Chairperson.  During that time we have strengthened the Board to ensure that we have the right mix of skills and experience to ensure the Board is equipped to deal with the various challenges in a rapidly changing environment, together with implementing Strategy 2025.  I remain committed to the AKA achieving its strategic objectives and delivering a high quality public early childhood education that all those involved with the AKA can be proud of.

Independent of my AKA responsibilities, I am the Chief Financial Officer of Moana New Zealand.  As an experienced financial executive with three periods of my career spent living overseas, I bring to the AKA a robust financial discipline, together with governance skills and a strong business background.

My formal qualifications include a Master of Business Administration, and Master of Commerce (Honours) degrees from The University of Auckland.  I am a Chartered Accountant, being active with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Originally from Taupō and Whangarei, I live in central Auckland with my family.  Outside of work, when not spending time with my two young boys' sporting activities, I keep fit by playing interclub squash. For relaxation I am either in the garden or playing the piano.

Robin Houlker, Auckland Kindergarten Association

ROBIN HOULKER, deputy BOARD chairperson

I have been a board member of the Auckland Kindergarten Association since 2010 and have a deep commitment to the Association's heritage. My connection began with my first position as a kindergarten teacher at Grey Lynn (formerly St James) and then Ferndale, followed by the Head Teacher role in the newly formed YWCA Mobile Preschool Unit, in partnership with the AKA. I chaired the AKA Appointments Committee and was on the Disciplinary Committee following time as the national president of the Kindergarten Teachers Association.

My passion for engaging the whole family and whanau around the child's learning was fostered in these early years and became, and still is, a strong part of my philosophy during my time as a teacher, lecturer, and education consultant over the past 40 years. As director of the internationally regarded intergenerational Manukau Family Literacy Programme (MFLP) from 2001- 2008 this philosophy was further strengthened and highlighted for me how significant, long-term positive outcomes for families can be achieved when the education sectors work more cohesively around family. 

I hold a Masters degree in Adult Education and recently qualified as a coach and mentor. My consultancy work includes professional education research and literacy audits, publishing of a parent magazine, course development, workshops and staff development including SELO projects, public relations, media sponsorship and fundraising, mostly with a community focus. Advocacy is fundamental to my life and I currently serve as trustee of the Hillary House Leadership Centre and as the consumer representative on the NZBCF Clinical Advisory Group for the NZ Breast Cancer Register.

In my time on the AKA Board I have been a strong advocate for building our capacity through our strategic plan to meet the current needs of our families while recognising the importance of our teachers in all aspects of our programmes and delivery. As an honorary member of OMEP (World Early Childhood Organisation) I maintain currency with local and international early childhood perspectives. It has also been a delight to enjoy spending time with my grandchildren as they participate in our kindergartens in the past three years and particularly to share with them my great love of children's literature.

Clive Nelson_AKA Board Member

CLIVE NELSON, BOARD MEMBER

I am proud to serve on the board of the Auckland Kindergarten Association.

My leadership experience spans industries including infrastructure, government, health and the media. I am currently employed as the Chief Executive of the Health Promotion Agency, a Crown entity in the health sector established to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.

I am MBA-qualified and a member of the Institute of Directors.

I am married with two teenage sons.

Richard Neal

RICHARD NEAL, BOARD MEMBER

Tēnā Koutou

Ko Taiarahi te maunga.

Ko Ohinemataroa te awa.

Ko Mataatua te waka. 

Ko Ngati Tawhaki te hapū. 

Ko Ngahina te marae.

Ko Tawhaki te whare tīpuna. 

Ko Tango-okioki te whare kai.

Ko Tuhoe rāua ko Kahungunu ōku iwi. 

Ko Richard Neal tōku ingoa

 

I recently joined the board of the Auckland Kindergarten Association and I am honoured to be able to support an organisation with such a proud record of contribution to our community.

Primarily experienced in the Education Sector, my current position is the Lead of the Tauira Experience at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (a nationwide tertiary provider with 32,000 students). Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is committed to the revitalisation of Māori cultural knowledge.

In addition to the AKA, I have had the opportunity to sit on a few boards, primarily in the education and non-for-profit sectors and am always drawn to how we reflect our community in our vison and decisions.

I’m a Canterbury-raised lad currently living in the Waikato with my wife Helen and two tamariki, Liam and Anahera. I am a keen Dad, gardener and outdoorsman.

It is an exciting step and a great opportunity to work for an organisation where what we do is done for the right reasons and makes an impact.

CHRIS BARROW, BOARD MEMBER

My youngest daughter attended and enjoyed Ponsonby Kindergarten until June of 2017, and I was grateful for the role that Kindergarten played in preparing her for school.

I have been a solicitor for more than 20 years, having worked for major international law firms in London (While & Case, Watson Farley & Williams, Dentons) as a tax and finance lawyer and in-house as general counsel of two London finance boutiques. Prior to practicing law in the UK, I was a tax consultant with BDO in Auckland.

More recently, I co-founded two healthcare investment businesses in the UK. I was both a board director and general counsel of both.

At the end of 2015 my wife and I moved back to New Zealand with our three children to spend more time with family and be more involved with our local community. Presently, I am working on collaborative business models in New Zealand.

I have a double degree in law and commerce (accounting major) from the University of Otago.

JO JUKES, BOARD MEMBER

I believe strongly that it is critical for families and communities to be involved in the governance of the Auckland Kindergarten Association and it is a privilege to join the AKA Board.

I am a multi award-winning fundraising and event professional, with a background in constituent engagement in the not-for-profit sector. I have experience developing and delivering the strategic direction of fundraising and long-term constituent engagement.

Right now, I am most interested in what is best for children.

I am very aware of the funding versus philosophy conflicts that many charitable organisations face and will champion decision-making that keeps international best practice ECE as its core principle. I would very much like to see a focus on engaging with families and communities as the primary means of future-proofing kindergarten’s place in society.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

​What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

BRUCE MCLACHLAN, BOARD MEMBER

I have taught in both primary and secondary schools in Auckland for more than 30 years and have held a variety of school management and leadership roles. I recently retired as Principal of Swanson School in Auckland and I am now working in a consultative role, supporting Boards of Trustees, Principals and Leaders of Early Childhood Centres. I have also served on the Complaints Assessment Committee of the Education Council for over six years. I am therefore very experienced at dealing with all manner of complaints and conflict in schools and early childhood centres.

Kindergarten is, of course, where children learn through play. Since 2014, I have fielded numerous national and international enquiries about my philosophy of children’s play. As Principal of Swanson School I introduced the concept of Free Play, and, among many other invitations, I was asked to do a TEDx talk at Bond University and speak at an international Early Childhood conference in Australia.

I am excited to play a role in the Kindergarten movement for several reasons: Blockhouse Bay Kindergarten was where I began my own life of learning; one of my daughters and my sister both work in early childhood; I have worked closely with early childhood teachers and leaders in my role as a school principal and an investigator; and I have a particular interest in children’s play.