Ruahine Kindergartens

Our People

Ruahine Kindergartens is a not-for-profit Association governed by a Board, which is elected by our community. 

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Association lies with the CEO and Central Office team.

Kindergartens and Early Learning centres are led by a Head Teacher or Centre Manager, supported by a team of qualified and registered teachers, Administrators and Teacher Aides. Our Home-Based service is led by a Home-Based Coordinator, supported by a team of Educators.

Central Office Support Team

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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.

 Iona Inglis  
Iona Inglis - Operations Manager

Iona supports all our services to operate smoothly and efficiently.  She works with teams to ensure they are meeting their individual communities need for quality early childhood education.

Gaylyn Campbell  
Gaylyn Campbell - Senior Teacher

Gaylyn provides professional leadership, advice and support to our teachers.  She visits our kindergartens and early learning services regularly to ensure programmes are the highest possible quality for our children and whänau.

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Salaa Bond - Finance Administrator

La'a is responsible for assisting the Finance Manager to effectively and effiently manage the Association's systems, upholding and promoting the relevant policies and procedures that deliver robust financial management and ensure good practice.

 Jill Brider  
Jill Brider - Facilities and Finance Manager

Jill is responsible for effectively and efficiently coordinating the RKA's funds; coordinating RKA's facilities - related project work and maintenance.


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Carrissa Hirst - Human Resources Manager

Carrissa is responsible for managing the recruitment and employment procedures and systems for all staff and providing specialist advice and support to the CEO.

Michelle Atger  
Michelle Atger - Payroll & Infocare Manager

Michelle ensures all our 240+ staff get paid and is also responsible for the operation of Infocare - the system used to comply with Ministry of Education reporting requirements, which enables us to receive Government funding.

Robyn Vine-Adie   
Robyn Vine-Adie - Senior Teacher

Kia ora, Ko Robyn Vine-Adie tōku ingoa. Within RKA I visit our settings to support teachers to deliver quality teaching and learning for ngā tamariki.  I also support the induction of new teachers; guide team development and wellbeing and coordinate the provision of continuous professional development for all teachers.

I’m so lucky to have such and interesting and exciting role in RKA.

Bonita Anderson  
Bonita Anderson - Marketing Executive

Bonita undertakes marketing projects to support services; manages RKA website and facebook page; develops new collateral; coordinates marketing events; provides executive support to the CEO; Board Secretary.

Katrina Ives  
Katrina Ives - Human Resources and Events Coordinator
Katrina works closely with the Senior HR Advisor on a wide range of Human Resource activities.  She also supports Robyn in the organisation of continuous professional development for teachers and is the secretary of our Health & Safety Management and Staff Committee meetings. 
 Home-Based Visiting Teacher  
Maddy Peters-Algie - Enviroschools Facilitator

Maddy facilitates the Enviroschools programme across our RKA services, supporting children and their teaching team to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities.