About Us - Northland Kindergarten Association
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Welcome to the Northland Kindergarten Association

Te Kura Kōhungahunga Tōpū o Te Tai Tokerau

The Northland Kindergarten Association (NKA) currently has 22 wonderful kindergartens each with a unique character and feel that mirror the community and environment in which they are situated. We have kindergartens spread between Kerikeri in the mid-north to Ruawai in the heart of the Kaipara. All NKA kindergartens offer the 20 ECE hours.


Our centres encourage and provide the opportunity for parents and Whānau to be part of the experience that only kindergartens can provide for our children. Each kindergarten has a fully trained teaching team and a ratio of 1 teacher for every 10 children.


The NKA provides the most comprehensive ECE available in New Zealand at present, including specialist services such as:


  • Speech & Language Therapist to support any aspect of children’s communication;
  • Pou Whakarewa Tikanga Māori (Māori Advisor) to enhance the bicultural practices within the NKA and the individual kindergartens.


Kindergartens have been part of New Zealand culture for over 100 years and continue to be the leaders in Early Childhood Education. Our Kindergartens don’t just provide a service for a community they are part of the community “Giving our children an excellent start for lifelong learning”.


Our strategic plan has been developed in line with the Governments strategic plan, Pathways to the Future: Ngā Huarahi Arataki 2012. We strive to provide the best possible Early Childhood Education (ECE) available for the tamariki/children of Northland.


Ngā mihi nui / Kind Regards,

Richard Storey
Chief Executive

NKA Vision Statement
Kindergarten: First choice for all parents/whānau.
NKA Mission/Purpose Statement
Giving our children an excellent start for life long learning.
NKA Strategic Goals
Deliver high quality learning
Build and maintain relationships partnerships
Ensure financial stability in growth
Develop environment awareness

Important Docs


If you would like to enquire about hiring out our training facilities, board room or speech and language clinic, visit our facilities page and fill out the form.



Richard Storey

Chief Executive


Barbara Harrison

Operations Manager


Carol Wati

Services Manager



Gillian Armitt

Professional Practice Mngr


Kim Townsend

Professional Practice Mngr


Teresa Dunn

Payroll Administrator


Linda Bale

Finance Administrator



Gay Easterbrook

Speech Therapist


Bronwyn Coulton

Professional Practice Mngr / External Contract Manager


Keith Allen

Maintenance Manager


“Giving our children an excellent start for life long learning”