The Auckland Kindergarten Association is a government-funded organisation that operates as a charitable trust. (CC22833)
Auckland Kindergarten Association 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 everyday management of the organisation is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a team of specialist staff.
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 two to four teachers as well as support staff (this can include Teacher Aides, Relievers and Administrators). The Playgroups are largely run by the families that attend, with support from our Playgroup Co-ordinators.
MEET THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Pauline A. Winter, QSO
- Chief Executive Officer
Pauline Winter (Te Ᾱti Awa-Taranaki/Samoa) has been with the Auckland Kindergarten Association since November 2017.
Pauline is guiding the Association through a time of change to strengthen the organisation’s ability to respond to the changing nature of the Tāmaki Makaurau population and the growth of early childhood education opportunities.
Supporting Pauline during this time is a new executive leadership team with a strong focus on supporting teachers and staff to continue the legacy of what Aucklanders and New Zealanders have been part of for over 100 years – the Kindergarten experience.
Pauline has a business background having run her own consultancy and a small light manufacturing enterprise. She has also held Chief Executive positions in the NGO sector and the Public Service in Wellington.
Pauline has held governance roles on several Private/Public boards and also holds community advisory positions.
A former Westmere Kindergarten child, she has been a Playcentre mother and worked in the Adult Community Education sector and tertiary education. She also served as a Commissioner on the TEC board.
Pauline Winter is a previous Pacific Business Woman of the Year and was awarded a Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in 2008 acknowledging her work to business and Pacific communities.
My role at the Association is overseeing a programme of work as we look to the future.
I have always been driven by a desire to contribute in a meaningful way and have long been a proponent of giving children the best start possible so coming to an organisation such as Auckland Kindergarten Association which has quality early learning and community and family engagement at its heart is a wonderful opportunity to marry those ideas.
My background is in organisational development and human resources. I have worked across a number of organisations including the Accident Compensation Corporation, The State Services Commission, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
I am thoroughly enjoying what the AKA is about and the opportunity I have to contribute to its next 100 years.
Simon Harvey, General Manager Capability, Culture and Wellbeing
I have spent most of my career in the private sector with the likes of Vodafone, Westpac, PwC and Fletchers. The last seven years saw a switch into the public sector where I helped set up and manage the ongoing development of Auckland Transport during the super city amalgamation. It was during this time that I learnt to appreciate just how passionate Aucklanders are about their city and I see my move to Auckland Kindergarten Association as a continuation of our communities’ success.
As General Manager of Capability, Culture and Wellbeing, I lead the team that is enabling the wider business through providing an environment where people can perform at their best. Continued growth and development is not just needed for our little custodians, but also for those that are privileged enough to help shape their young lives.
I would struggle to find an organisation that had a more meaningful purpose than the Association. It is, and will continue to be, a foundation for the Auckland community. Being able to contribute in any fashion is an absolute privilege. Both my boys attended Mt Albert Kindergarten and I look forward, at some stage, to seeing my grandchildren attend.
Simeon Wright, Chief Financial Officer
As the Association’s Chief Financial Officer, I lead the property, finance and ICT teams, which serve our kindergarten and centre staff. Our role is to ensure they have the necessary support to deliver the highest quality experience to the tamariki of Tamaki Makaurau.
I am committed to the long-term sustainability of the organisation, business excellence and risk management. With a background in finance, I bring to this role over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of sectors, from professional services, finance and property through to technology, food and support services in New Zealand as well as in the UK.
My connection with kindergarten started as a boy in Otago and both my children attended Devonport Kindergarten where they really thrived. To this day, the fond memories of their happy times as kindy kids drive them back each year to visit on open days. Both my experience, and that of my children, remind me each day about the value of kindergartens and the need to ensure the future of the Association for the next 100 years.
Casey Muraahi, General Manager Community Engagement
My connection with Auckland Kindergarten Association goes back to when I was a kindy kid at Mt Roskill Kindergarten and has followed on as an adult with my teacher training with the AKA through to sending my own son to Mission Bay Kindergarten. As a mother of two young boys along with a background in education, I am passionate about play-based learning and the benefits this brings to children.
I believe that the Association brings something unique to Auckland’s early childhood education (ECE) offering. With an amazing history of over 110 years, Auckland Kindergarten Association ensures early childhood education is accessible for all children, placing tamariki learning and well-being at the heart of everything we do. I feel choice is important when it comes to selecting ECE providers and the Association has a variety of service types to meet whānau aspirations for their tamariki.
I have worked in the ECE sector for over 20 years in a variety of leadership and general management roles. In my professional career, I have been focussed on team culture, building relationships and whanau engagement to create high quality outcomes for our tamariki. I have been fortunate to experience a variety of ECE models over the course of my career and have also worked closely within the areas of ECE compliance and strategy.
Auckland is such a diverse city and as the General Manager of Community Engagement I look forward to supporting the Association with meeting the varying needs of our individual communities and achieving the organisation’s long-term strategy.