Ruahine Kindergartens

RKA AGM 2020

Congratulations to Dr Karyn Aspden, Ali Christensen, Suchen Huang and Mike Tantrum on their election to the RKA Board. Thanks to those Members who advance voted and all who participated in our AGM.


 38th AGM Agenda

Board Nominations

Role Description: RKA Board Member

Annual Report 

AGM MInutes 2020 DRAFT


RKA Board

The Ruahine Kindergarten Association Governance Board is elected by our kindergarten community. 

The Association is an Incorporated Society operating within our Constitution.  

The Board is responsible for setting and monitoring Ruahine Kindergartens' strategic direction and goals and employs the CEO. Board members take responsibility for all aspects of governance and stewardship.  You can read the Ruahine Kindergarten Association Strategic Plan for 2014 - 2020 here.  


 Jo Budd - Board Chair  
Jo Budd - Chair 

Jo is a former parent at Campbell Street Kindergarten and has seen first-hand the value of kindergarten in the development of her two children.  Jo is currently studying for a Bachelor's in Accounting at Massey University.  Prior to this, Jo worked in the UK's financial sector.  She has brought a good financial understanding to the RKA Board since her appointment in 2017.

 Board Member  
David Sheppard - Deputy Chair

David has four young children, all of whom have attended or will attend Hokowhitu Kindergarten. David is a solicitor at Fitzherbert Rowe in Palmerston North specialising in dispute resolution. David holds a number of governance roles in various organisations, including being a member of the board of trustees at College Street Normal School.  David was appointed to the RKA Board in June 2018.


 Board Member  
Anaru TeOne Himiona

Pa Anaru of Ngāti Kauwhata is our Association kaumatua.  He has been invaluable in providing cultural support for our teaching and support staff and promoting understanding of Te Ao Māori.  Pa Anaru is playing an increasingly significant role in the tikanga and kawa of RKA ceremony and was appointed to the RKA Board in June 2018.

 Karyn Aspden - Board  
Dr Karyn Aspden
Alison Christensen - Board   
Ali Christensen


Sushan Huang
MIke Tantrum
Nigel McKenzie

Nigel is one of our Makino Kindergarten parents and the Regional Service Supervisor at a local construction company.  

 Alison Rudzki - CEO -RKA    
Alison Rudzki - Chief Executive Officer

Alison is the Licensee of all Ruahine Kindergartens, Early Learning and Home-Based in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education Early Childhood Regulations 2008. She has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Association, running this within the policy guidelines set by the Board.