Kindergarten & Care

Hi my name is Michelle Mullins and I am the Head Kaiako of the Senior Kindergarten.  I originate from Dannevirke and  moved to Waipukurau with my three tamariki.

My teaching career began in 2002 where I completed a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).  Before returning to Waipukurau I gained further teaching experience in an early childhood centre in Perth, Australia.

I believe that education should be a fun experience whereby tamariki learn lifelong skills through their play in a safe and secure environment.

I strive to foster children's well-being and achieve this by building strong, reciprocal relationships with parents and whanau.




Kia ora, hello my name is Chris Johnson

As a fully registered and qualified Early Childhood Teacher I am passionate about ensuring that all tamariki are provided with equitable and meaningful opportunities to grow as competent and capable life-long learners.  Safe in the knowledge that they too are able to realise their true potential through learning experiences that are reflective of their cultural identity, interests, strengths and needs.  This is achieved by working in partnership with their whānau, teachers, key stake holders and the wider community.

The ultimate goal for me as a teacher is knowing that I have played an important role by helping to lay down the foundation where tamariki will be empowered to grow and make valued and meaningful contributions to their whānau, community and society throughout their lives.



Kia ora, my name is Jo Bourke. 

I am from Maharahara in Dannevirke.  I live on a lifestyle block in Lindsay Road with my partner.  My teaching career began with my involvement in Playcentre when I came to live in CHB and from there trained with Massey College at an outpost in Napier where I completed my Diploma Of Teaching.

My passion is building strong, authentic relationships as the key to knowing families and their children and in building a sense of belonging. 

  I have a love of science, art, physical education, animals and nature.  I love to challenge children’s thinking through my teaching, their physical development and build on their wonder and awe of learning.  Through this engagement I  work at building a life-long love  of learning and  citizenship.






Hi my name is Jasmine Chandler-Williams.

I originate from Reading, England and moved to CHB with my family in 2007. I have travelled and worked overseas before returning to Waipukurau to raise my daughter. I believe tamariki grow and learn to there full potential when they are in an environment where they feel happy, safe and secure while building reciprocal relationships between them, there teachers and there whānau. I enjoy working with tamariki and seeing what we can learn from each other, as I learn as much from the tamariki as I hope they can learn from me.

I am looking forward to working together and seeing how your tamariki grow and develop.