koru.jpgWhat Te Kawakawa means to us

Kawakawa symbolises our children’s health and wellbeing. The Kawakawa Tree played a vital role in the Māori world, it was an ever-present symbol throughout life used in many aspects from birth to adulthood.


Protecting and nurturing health and wellbeing includes paying attention to aspects of physical care and physical activity. In Kawakawa, all children have the right to a responsive environment to support their development of self-worth, identity, confidence and enjoyment, together with emotional regulation and selfcontrol.


Children understand their own mana atuatanga – uniqueness and spiritual connectedness

Te Kawakawa Staff
Amy (Team Leader)
Kia ora, ko Amy toku ingoa. I have been an early childhood kaiako for four years and have been at Surrey Park Early Learning Centre since September 2018. I have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and due to my passion for learning I have continued to study since. I am now working towards a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) via distance learning through Massey University. I am married to Kieran and we have three children who keep us busy. Some of my interests include gardening, nature,reading, writing, movies, gaming (table top games such as DnD, board games, computer games) music and art.
My name is Jan and I have worked at Surrey Park since 2010. Before working at this centre I worked as a home-based educator of children aged zero to four. I have three adult children, Brendan, Kieran and Anna-Leah, and four grandchildren.
Kia ora koutou! Ko Ellen Pe'a toku ingoa. I joined the Surrey Park Early Learning Centre team, in Te Whare Kawakawa in 2020. I am really passionate about tamariki having fun and learning through play. I also have an interest and passion in Te Ao Maori. I am currently completing a Diploma in Arts (Te Ao Maori) Course with Massey University. My qualifications also include a Graduate Diploma in ECE. I am a Mum of two tamariki and live with them and my husband at Greenhills. We love going to the beach, going for walks, baking, gardening and spending time together. Mauri ora.
Hi, I’m Justine. I have been teaching for over 17 years at Surrey Park ELC. My interests include reading, gardening, walking my dogs and the odd bit of Zumba. I am passionate about helping children develop numeracy and literacy skills and working with them to learn from their interests.
Kia ora, I'm Makayla and I am in my final year of study towards my Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Hi I’m Jude and I am passionate about Early Childhood education. I have a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
My son Aidan and I enjoy travelling, camping and spending time with family and friends. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking and watching TV