Where every child can believe in themselves and achieve their dreams and aspirations

An expert is "a person who is very knowledgeable about or skilful in a particular area". At Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association we only employ fully qualified ECE trained teachers to educate children in our care. 


E nga Iwi, E nga Whanau

Nau mai, haere mai ki te pae tukutuku (website) o Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association.

Kua kitea koutou nga mataranga e pa ana ki ou matou koanga tamaiti, nga koanga pepe, me te NAKA hoki.

 “He aha te mea nui o te ao?”

“He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”.

No reira

Tena Koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa


People and Whanau

Welcome, welcome to the Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association website.

You will find information regarding our Kindergartens, Early Learning Centres, and N.A.K.A.

“What is the most important thing in the world?”

“It is people, it is people, it is people.”

(Parents, whanau, caregivers, children, teachers, people in our organisation and in our communities are the most important thing for without them we would not exist.  This ancient whakatauki (proverb) guides our daily practice and interactions)


Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all

The Association's Constitution

Our Purpose
To provide effective early childhood education services to ensure each child leaves kindergarten with the foundations of personal development and a love of learning and life

Glamorgan Kindergarten playground under construction - 2013Waimauku Kindergarten under construction - 2003Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre under construction - 2015

The Association's Board Members

Mike Corbett - Board Member

Katie Dobson - Board Member

Paul Geden - Board Member

Charlotte Lee - Board Member

Grant Mitcheson - Board Member

Nicole Thompson - Board Member

Janine Wilson - Board Member

I am a mother to three boys - two whom have recently left  Kindergarten and my third is currently enrolled at Rangitoto Kindergarten. I am a passionate advocate of ECE and have seen my children flourish in the Kindergarten environment.

I'm University qualified and have worked as a brand marketer both in NZ and the UK specialising in the Sports Nutrition sector.  As a board member, I am keen to leverage my experiences as a brand marketer to educate the families in our community about the benefits of Kindergarten.

Being involved as a parent in the day-to-day operations of my local Kindergarten has given me insight into the challenges our Kindergartens are facing in todays busy and competitive world.

As a board member I am here to represent the parents and families who want a high quaility early childhood  experience for their children.  Ultimately, I would love to see more children get the opportunity to attend kindergarten as I believe it is the best ECE available in our community.

Sandy Baalham (Teacher Representative)

The Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association was originally known as the East Coast Bays Free Kindergarten Association. Torbay was the association's first kindergarten which opened in 1954 and it is still a very active kindergarten to this day. As the Association grew, the area it covered became much larger and the name was changed to better reflect the kindergartens and areas now included.

The Kindergarten Movement

1889 - First kindergarten opens in Dunedin, with just 14 children

1913 - New Zealand Kindergarten Union formed, but put on hold due to First World War

1926 - New Zealand Free Kindergarten Union formed

1994 - New Zealand Free Kindergarten Union became New Zealand Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated

2004 - New Zealand Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated became New Zealand Kindergartens Incorporated.  Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association Incorporated is a member of New Zealand Kindergartens Incorporated.

2010 - All Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association kindergartens adopt the 'kindergarten day' model of operating hours.

Kindergarten has always consisted of a partnership between:

  • Teachers - Qualified, registered teachers provide and deliver educational programmes, under the guidance and support of the Teaching Services Manager.
  • Local Committees - Support teachers and the Association in the day to day running of the Kindergarten and raise funds to ensure the Kindergarten has the resources/playground equipment etc. that is required for their children.
  • Board of Management - Are elected from the community by members to govern the Association. The Board set the policies and strategic direction of the Association and appoints the General Manager to manage the Association on their behalf.

Upcoming Events

NAKA AGM (Annual General Meeting) - 10th April 2018 at 7.00pm, Rangitoto Centre C/ - Rangitoto College, 564 East Coad Road, Mairangi Bay

Annual Report for 2017

End of Year Full Financials 2017


  • about children, families and whanau
  • committed to quality early childhood education
  • a qualified and registered workforce
  • community based
  • not-for-profit
  • home grown
  • kiwi owned