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 - President

I am a dad who has a young daughter attending Massey University Auckland Early Learning Centre.  Every day I see first-hand the benefits that she gains from attending this wonderful ELC - from friendships to skills learnt. 

 I am employed as a Facility and Events Manager for Netball North Harbour and have been employed in the sports/events industry for over 15 years.  I can demonstrate extensive management experience in the following areas: management, property, council and risk management.  This has resulted in a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge which are directly applicable to being a very capable board member and President for Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association.  In addition to this I am familiar in all planning, budgeting, compliance, registration, contract negotiation and health and safety.

I have excellent communication skills and feel my role as President will help me give back to the Association and help all the centres to develop further in the future.

Nicole Thompson - Vice President

I'm passionate about early childhood education  and the wonderful learning environments NAKA provides for our children.  NAKA has a long history in our communities and my husband and I both attended Torbay Kindergarten, so of course we wanted our two children to follow in our footsteps!

I was very involved in our kindergarten community over the 3 years we spent there and was the Kindergarten Committee President for almost two years.  I enjoyed working with a  group of like minded parents to achieve goals for the betterment of our kindergarten.  When my kids had both started school, joining the board was a way for me to continue to be involved; helping to shape the future of NAKA and ensure it will still be around for my children's children.  I am inspired to ensure that we respond to the needs of our families, while honouring the family based values of kindergarten and keeping the well-being and learning of our children at heart. 

I am a teacher of English as a second language, and I work with many different nationalities who are making their home in NZ.  I really value the community and sense of belonging that being part of a NAKA service provides to all of our families.  I'm proud to be involved with NAKA and giving our children the very best start on their journey of life long learning!

Katie Dobson - Board Member

I am the mother of two daughters who attend Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre.  I have been in education for 16 years with the past six as a full time Physical Education and Health teacher at Takapuna Grammar School.

Last year I was appointed as one of the Across School Leaders for our newly established Kahui Ako (Community of Learning).  In my role I have led a professional learning program on the spirals of inquiry model with the staff at Takapuna Grammar.

As a Physical Education Teacher I am a big believer in “PLAY” and learning through experience. I teach students interpersonal skills such as curiosity, teamwork, creativity, resilience, inclusive play, effective communication and much more.  I have a great understanding of the NZ curriculum and am familiar with Te- Whariki.

I have been heavily involved in the “Friends of HPELC” parent committee, playing a big role in fundraising and organising several events to support the centre.  I am proud to be a board member for the Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association and look forward to strengthening our already wonderful reputation.

Paul Geden - Board Member

I am a father of six, who lives in Hobsonville Point.  My two youngest children both attend the fantastic Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre.  I am active in my local community having previously served on the Hobsonville Point Residents Society and currently leading the parent committee at HPELC.

I am thrilled to become a board member for Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association and to help build upon the great position that it is in – delivering life changing foundations for children in the communities it serves.

I have 30 years of experience in the Insurance profession, across two continents and in many differing roles.  I also have a strong background in governance and process management which I believe will serve the Association well coupled with the right skill set to help the Board set a strong strategic plan that will see this Association flourish in the future.

Charlotte Lee - Board Member

Our family moved back to New Zealand in 2013 after being in the UK for more than 10 years. Since that time both my sons have attended the lovely Stanmore Bay Kindergarten for their early learning centre education prior to starting school - with my youngest child eagerly waiting to start!

 I am a tertiary qualified communications specialist with 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, including 10 years at a well-established London Financial PR agency.

My experience includes handling strategic communications and media affairs for law firms, financial associations, commodity funds, investment groups and many other financial institutions. 

In 2015 I launched my NZ based consultancy business and currently provide communications advise and implementation across a range of sectors.  I am delighted to be appointed as a board member for Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association and look forward to contributing to board decisions that will benefit our wonderful communities further.

Grant Mitcheson - Board Member

I have been a Life Member of Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association for well over 20 years and a member for about 34 years.  I have a passion for seeing this Association be the best it can be in order to service our young children throughout all our various communities that we inhabit.

I have been a Professional Fire Fighter since 1984 and a Station Officer since 2002.

I am able to comprehend and act within the constitution, be accountable to the membership and have a clear understanding and knowledge of the governance role of the board. 

I am genuinely committed to the purpose, vision and goals of the Association, and as an appointed Board Member act lawfully, honestly and in good faith at all times to help make this Association be the best it can be. 

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 quality 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.

Tui Skelton (Teacher Representative)

Synopsis to follow


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

We run Holiday Programmes during the breaks in Terms 1, 2 and 3 at some of our kindergartens


  • 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