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The Hikurangi Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Hikurangi. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.

Kelsi Wilkinson

Centre Manager
Kia ora,
My name is Kelsi Dean and I am one of your kaiako here at Hikurangi Educare.
I have my Bachelors in teaching (ECE) and am a fully registered teacher who has been working in ECE for 10 years.
I live locally with my husband who is a dairy farmer and I also work on the farm on weekends.
I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki as we embark on this journey of learning and development together.

Sam Wyrsch

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora Koutou. I am Sam Wyrsch and I recently moved here from Te Kauwhata. I was amazed by your warm welcome at Educare Hikurangi. I have two children; Moana and Ben. I am enthusiastic about inquiry based learning, nature, and sustainability, and look forward to incorporate these attributes into our shared developing journey. I look forward to meet you all and have a great time together.

Lissa Davies

Registered Teacher
I am born and raised in Hikurangi, I have four adult children who have blessed me with seven mokopuna.
I completed my Early Childhood diploma in 1996 at Wellington College of Education and have worked in a variety of early childhood settings over the years. I also worked for Early Childhood Development Unit delivering a DV Children's programme called He Taonga te Mokopuna and became a member of a national team called Atawhainga te Pa Harakeke for 10 years with the Ministry of Education before making my way back to Whangarei. I am now part of a group called Ka Atamai delivering kaupapa Maori learning. Hikurangi Educare has its own uniqueness, a small town feel. I am looking forward to sharing learning opportunities with your tamariki here.

Melaia Uluiviti

Registered Teacher
Bula, my name is Mela Uluiviti. I am from the beautiful island of Fiji and I moved to NZ in 2010.
I am married and have four children and 7 grandchildren already.
I obtained my Bachelors degree in Education ECE through MIT. I homeschooled my children in their early years, which is why teaching in ECE is my passion and my calling.

Tessa-Lee Api

Provisionally Registered Teacher
kia ora koutou,
My name is Tessa and I have a bachelors degree of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for the past five years and have experience in working with both unders and over twos. I have recently come off maternity leave and have come to Hikurangi Educare along with my son Tana.
No reira
Tena koutou Katoa
Tessa is currently on maternity leave.

Melaia Uluiviti

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Bula, my name is Mela Uluiviti. I am from the beautiful island of Fiji and I moved to NZ in 2010.
I am married and have four children and 7 grandchildren already.
I obtained my Bachelors degree in Education ECE through MIT. I homeschooled my children in their early years, which is why teaching in ECE is my passion and my calling."

Jayden Thomas

Teacher
Kia ora,

My name is Jayden Marie Thomas and I am a new graduate from the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy, and I am here to further my studies as an Early Childhood Teacher. My passion is for children, and I love watching them explore the world and to help alongside with their development and wellbeing.

I am part of a big family and I feel that is where my interest for children comes from. My hobbies are hiking, being around family and friends, exploring, traveling, dance and most importantly fitness! I am so excited to start this journey here at Educare.
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