Kia ora, I’m Sue. I hail from Zimbabwe, Africa, where I completed my early childhood studies and worked in ECE settings in both Zimbabwe and Botswana, prior to immigrating to New Zealand.
In 2011, I was privileged to join the wonderful Future Kids Ohaupo community where I worked as a teacher across all age groups, was team leader of the Water room and then centre supervisor, prior to taking on the role of General Manager.
I am passionate about children’s learning and believe in respectful relationships, empowering children to be confident learners who believe in their capabilities. I also believe that this learning extends to all ākonga; tamariki, kaiako and whānau as it takes a village to raise a child. I am excited to be a part of the Future Kids philosophy, supporting nurturing education through sustainable approaches for all.
My husband and I are part of a very active family, who love fishing and the outdoors. When we are not supporting our three children’s many sporting activities, we can be found exploring the waterways around New Zealand and enjoying the great outdoors.
Kia Ora, my name is Keryn and I am excited to be joining the Future Kids team. I am a qualified and registered teacher with 10 years’ experience in the early childhood sector.
I believe that building strong relationships with each child and their whaanau underpins all other aspects of my personal teaching philosophy. I especially enjoy being outside with children exploring the natural world and helping them discover the environment around them. I am very passionate about supporting children to become independent, inquisitive and knowledgeable members of society.
My husband Jason and I have two preschool daughters, Kaeleigh and Niamh. We are very blessed to live on a life style block at the base of the Hakarimata ranges. As a family we love being outdoors and you will often find myself and the girls out with the horses.
I am looking forward to getting to know the children and their whaanau during my time at Future Kids.
Tena kotou, tena kotou, tena kotou katoa
Ko Kakepuku te maunga,
Ko Tainui te waka,
Ko Waikato te awa,
Ko Tainui te iwi,
Ko Ngati Maniapoto te hapu,
Ko Mookaikanga te marae,
Ko Reitini Houpapa toku mama,
Ko Ian Love toku papa,
Ko Thomas Ofanoa toku tane,
Ko Zyon Ofanoa toku tama,
Ko Israel Ofanoa toku pepi,
Ko Stevi-Rae Ofanoa ahau
No reira tena kotou, tena kotou katoa
Above is my pepeha, my whakapapa, this shows and acknowledges where I came from, it is a reminder of my roots and my heritage. It displays my future with my partner and my children and the next generation to come. My husband is Tongan and I am Maori, our children have a mixture of both cultures and more, as I enjoy exposing them to the wonderful cultures that surround them here in Aotearoa.
I am a qualified early childhood teacher with over 8 years of ECE experience. I enjoy leading teams to achieve their goals and become leaders in their own passions that benefit the outcomes of our tamariki.
Working as a team is the greatest gift in ECE as I believe in the whakatauki, “Ehara taku toa, he taki tahi, he toa taki tini” – “My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective” and “it takes a village to raise a child”.
Teams that are passionate and highly motivated create successful environments. Individuals who work on their own may not succeed yet become overwhelmed and tired to carry such a heavy load alone.
I believe that whanau are the most valuable teachers in their child's life, they are the experts first of their own child, so building relationships with whanau is important to me. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me and have a quick korero if you see me about.
Hi, my name is Megan and I am beyond excited to join the team at Future Kids!
I moved to New Zealand from Canada seven years ago, and I absolutely love it here! I have my Canadian qualifications for Early Childhood and am hoping to transfer them over and continue on an Education Degree in the near future. I have worked in Early Childhood for over ten years now and I couldn’t think of a better career. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of a child’s learning, and to experience the wonder of the world through their eyes. I think each child should be treasured for what makes them unique and special. Laying a proper foundation in childhood sets them up to grow into amazing humans. I feel honored to be part of that process.
My husband Nick and I own a lifestyle block in the Tauhei area, and we enjoy spending most of our time outside with our two year old son Maddon. We also have two dogs, a cat, two goats, a sheep, a calf, and some chickens. We love being able to grow our own fruit and vegetables, and Maddon loves running around with all the animals. I think the idea of creating a more sustainable earth for our children is so important, and being part of a centre built on this is very exciting.
I look forward to meeting all of the children and families at Future Kids.
I’ve been working in the ECE sector for 9 years and have held a variety of positions over this time including previous leadership roles. I am particularly passionate about building strong relationships and partnerships between whanau, tamariki and kaiako and enjoy seeing how this leads to best outcomes for our children. Over my career I have had a keen focus on the development and care of our youngest tamariki, our under two’s.
I feel very privileged to be a part of their very important first years and to have the opportunity to witness the world unfold before them as they make new discoveries every day. Born and raised in Canada, I spent 3 years teaching in England before moving to New Zealand 12 years ago. My partner Grant and I have 3 children who we’ve playfully named our Caniwis! Last year we moved to Pukete into our ‘forever’ home and we are slowly discovering our gardening and DIY skills. It has really taught me that you are never too old to learn new things! I’ve been fortunate enough to do a fair bit of travelling over time and we continue to try to do as much of this as we can as family. We also love to go for walks, either in nature or just around the neighbourhood, and go to the beach.
I look forward to having the opportunity to meet each of you and your children and am looking forward to undertaking our shared mahi!
Ko Baiyun toku maunga
Ko Pearl toku awa
No GuangZhou China ahau
Ko Canterbury toku kura
Ko Yiwen toku whaea
Ko Jianchao toku papa
Ko Xiaowen toku ingoa
Kia Ora, hello, 你好. My name is Nicole. I originally came from Guangzhou, China and I have been living in New Zealand since 2002. I have gained a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a graduate diploma of ECE teaching in NZ.
Currently I live with my partner Jim and three children (9,3 and 1 year old) in Pukete. They are very supportive to my postgraduate study in early intervention.
I have been working in various childcare centres since 2011. I enjoy nurturing and educating young children and I always have great passion in project-based learning approach while I am aiming to provide all children with provocation-rich and inclusive learning environment.
I am very excited to become a part of the Future Kids teaching team and I am looking forward to getting to know all the families and children.
Hey, my name is Beina Liu.
It is so exciting to be part of the team at Future Kid. I came from China in 2005. I have been a ECE teacher since 1998 while I was in China. As well as this, I completed my Bachelor of Teaching ECE at The University of Waikato in 2011 and have been teaching ECE in New Zealand since 2009.
I am passionate about providing a quality early education to children. I enjoy interacting with children through positive teaching attitude in plays. I believe respecting children, listening to them, understanding their needs and providing quality resources to them are very important to promote their development and learning. I am looking forward to having fantastic time with your children here.
I live in Rotokauri with my husband, Jason and my beautiful girl, Georgia. I also have two dogs, Kuti and Marley, two mummy bunnies, Snow ball and Cinder, one daddy bunny, Lucky Grey and two broods of baby bunnies, who were born recently. I love animals. I enjoy cuddling them, playing with them and having good time of being their friend.
I love spending time with with my family. We love to travel to other towns in New Zealand or oversea. In my spare time, I love doing exercise, listening to music, watching movies and playing piano. I also enjoy doing painting with my girl. I love being her team and completing pictures together.
Apart from English, I also speak mandarin and Taiwanese. If I can help you with any mandarin and Taiwanese language problems please do not hesitate to give me a yell. I am willing to support all families.
I can’t wait to meet you at Future Kids. Looking forward my next teaching journey.
Kia Ora, My name is Navneet (NEET) Dhiman. I am a qualified and fully registered ECE teacher with more than 7 years of work experience. I hold Graduate Diploma in Teaching, a PG diploma in Education from AUT, and a Masters degree in Science from India.
Coming from a family of teachers, I have always been passionate about working with children and their whanau for making a positive difference in their lives. I view my role as a friend, facilitator and scaffolder to encourage children’s learning in a fun, exciting and confidence building environment.
I love working in a team and role model positive and respectful behavior to develop meaningful trusting relationships with everyone involved. I live in Hamilton with my husband and we love spending time together doing cooking, listening music, playing chess and travelling.
I am very excited to be a part of Future Kids, Te Rapa. I look forward to contributing to their continued success.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Jordyn Boot and I am a 21 year old student in my
Second year at wintec studying a Bachelor of Teaching. I currently live in
Flagstaff, Hamilton with my parents, younger brother.
Prior to starting my studies I worked in a child care centre and it was only after leaving here for a position in a totally different role that I realised how much I missed it and decided that this was the career path that I wanted to pursue.
I would describe myself as a responsible, intuitive, very caring person. I am organised and although I enjoy structure, I do find it easy to adapt to new environments, and situations. Life is a learning journey and I am open to all I can do to improve myself and those around me.
I am excited to be joining Future kids and am looking forward to being part of a team who are also passionate about children and working with them to help them not only grow but thrive and succeed.
I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know you and welcome meeting you all and developing the many relationships that are to come.
Hi, my name is Kate and I am excited to be joining the team at Future Kids.
I am currently studying to gain my Bachelor of Teaching at Wintec and am looking forward to continuing to develop my knowledge and practice here at Future Kids. I have always had a passion for working with children and have previously been a swimming instructor, in my home town of Te Awamutu.
Through coaching young children, I became aware of my passion for encouraging tamariki to develop the knowledge and skills needed for life and decided to move into ECE.
I was born in Zimbabwe and lived in Botswana until I was 9, when I moved over to New Zealand with my family. In my spare time, I enjoy being active and getting out and about, whether it be a day at the beach or a day on the netball court. I look forward to being a part of the Future Kids whānau and furthering my experience.
Kia ora! I’m Mimi Chih from Sarawak, East Malaysia. I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) from the UOW in 2018, and I am on a provisional registration. Hamilton is the first city I’ve lived in since arriving in New Zealand in 2017. New Zealand is like all that I have watched on Discovery and National Geographic channels, and much, much more! My husband and I have made great friends with the many wonderful people from all over the world who have chosen to come to Hamilton. We enjoy spending time with our friends, be it exploring the gastronomical experiences, sight-seeing, and just chilling out together.
As I think about it, we as kaiako are so instrumental in the process of children’s learning, and I am humbled and honoured at the same time to be part of that life changing process. It’s so awesome when children are making the most of their early years: playing with their peers respectfully, enjoying their daily learning experiences, taking on unfamiliar challenges in stride, and most of all, being level headed, happy and confident.
I’m excited and thrilled to be joining the FutureKids team at Te Rapa, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the children and the families.
Kia ora my name is Dale,
Kia Ora Everyone
My name is Balbir Kaur Ghattaure (Neena). I am from India and I have been working in Early Childhood Sector for over 7 years, where I have been in roles of a teacher and a team leader. I am a fully registered teacher and hold a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma.
I have a passion for children. I always knew I was going to be a teacher. My passion has continued to grow over the years making me a better teacher and mother. I have a one beautiful daughter and she is one and a half years old.
I recognise the importance of the early years in children’s learning and development. I believe that children are confident, competent learners who can take lead of their own learning as well as shape my teaching practice.
I look forward to getting to know you and your family.
Hello, I'm Jenny, my family and I just arrived in New Zealand two months ago. I have been teaching for a total of 19 years now; in the UK where I am from originally, Qatar and Beijing. I love teaching young children, encouraging them to happy and confident.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, I have four children; Joe who is 11 years old, Freddie aged 7 and our twins Maggie and Elsie aged 3 they are enjoying settling into life at Future Kids too!
I am very excited about our next adventure in New Zealand and look forward to being part of the Future