Our teachers have a long history with our childcare centres.

Teachers keep up to date with current practice through well chosen professional development, keeping our teaching practices up to a very high standard.



Fiona is the owner/manager of both Arohanui and Harinui. She opened Arohanui in 2001 and Harinui 2005.

“I believe in providing high quality education and care for children based in nature. Where children can grow in a supportive, enriched environment surrounded by amazing teachers. We love to host social functions where tamariki and whānau can come together and socialise. I have a strong focus on providing our families with a beautiful environment where tamariki can flourish. I want children to build lifetime memories. It is a privilege to be involved with our tamariki and whānau.”

Fiona has completed her Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education through University of Waikato and is a fully registered Teacher.



Paula is a full time teacher at Arohanui.

“I am passionate about creating an environment where children feel they are safe and nurtured. Allowing children to feel confident and protected.

It is my intention to create a positive environment, mentally, spiritually and physically. Once children are settled and confident then they are ready to learn.

I am a strong believer in ako, and in “hands on learning”; When I hear, I forget. When I see, I remember. When I do, I understand.”

Paula has gained her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher.


Donna started at Arohanui in 2008, and works as a full time teacher.

“I am passionate about whānaungatanga and fostering connections between home, centre, schools and the community which is very important.

I enjoy meeting new whānau, working and discovering alongside the children, sharing in their learning and watching them grow in a supportive environment.”

Donna has completed her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher.


Kiri started as a relieving teacher in 2015 and has since joined our team full time.

“Working in collaboration with staff and families is a big part of my role for giving Whānau a sense of belonging and an understanding of the importance of our relationships.

I have a love and passion for fauna and flora and sharing authentic experiences amongst nature with our tamariki.”

Kiri is in her final year of studies with Te Rito Maioha, working towards a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).


Carolyn is a full time teacher, working at Arohanui and Harinui.

“I believe that relationships are at the heart of children’s learning.  I love developing relationships with children and their families and becoming a part of a child’s learning community.  I always do my very best to support children to be curious and explore possibilities as they progress along their learning journey.  I enjoy supporting the extra-ordinary pathways children take to their achievements; I am still amazed often, by young children, how they think and just what they are capable of.  I love working at Arohanui.”

Carolyn has gained her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher.