Kindergarten Taranaki is the not-for-profit Association for the 24 Kindergartens across the Taranaki region. We have Kindergartens in Patea, Hawera, Eltham, Stratford, Inglewood, Bell Block, Waitara, Oakura and New Plymouth. More than 1000 children attend our Kindergartens.


Download the Strategy document here.

Download the Values document here.

Download the Foundation document here.

COVID-19 Update Alert Level 4

Kia ora koutou,

In line with the Government direction aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the community, all Kindergartens have been closed temporarily from end of session on Tuesday (24th March) for at least four weeks.

There is no definitive date for kindergartens to resume at this time, but we will communicate this as it is confirmed.

Please accept our well-wishes for you and your whānau, and we look forward to resuming kindergarten for your child/children as soon as we are able.

Ngā mihi nui,

Dawn Osman

Acting Chief Executive Officer


Kindergarten Taranaki provides administrative, management and property management support to our 24 kindergartens and educational leadership and professional development for over 100 teaching staff.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of Kindergarten Taranaki lies with the Chief Executive and Association Office team.

Association office team

Dawn Osman – Acting Chief Executive


027 639 9828

Steve Smith – Finance Manager


027 639 9834

Dawn Osman – Operations Manager


027 639 9828

Lois Sibtsen – Professional Manager


027 639 9829

Debbie Vertongen – Professional Leader


027 639 9833

John Sykes – Finance Officer


027 639 9835

Aira Cooper – Finance Officer


027 639 9836

 Dave Skurr – Systems Support Co-ordinator


027526 8193

Bernadette Bruce – Administration Co-ordinator


027 639 9830

Aira Cooper – Payroll Officer


027 639 9827

Kristina Forsberg  – Facilities Co-ordinator


027 639 9826

Shane Cassidy- Pou Arahi


027 639 9840

Paige Smith – HR Generalist


027 639 9820

Viv Standen – Reliever Co-ordinator


027 639 9822

Aliza Aziz– In-House Accountant


027 639 9821


We are an Incorporated Society governed by our Board – an elected group of parents, whānau and  a staff representative. 


The Governing Board is responsible for setting and monitoring  Kindergarten Taranaki’s strategic direction and goals and employs the Chief Executive. Board members take responsibility for all aspects of governance and stewardship.

Your Kindergartens need you!

Kindergarten Taranaki is the organisation that manages
Taranaki’s 24 kindergartens. Setting the strategic
direction of Kindergarten Taranaki is the Governing Board.

There are two (2) vacancies on the Board. If you want to help
support kindergarten education for the future, now’s your chance!

Joining the Board helps ensure kindergarten education in Taranaki
remains strong and relevant for current and future generations
plus, it’s a great way to build governance skills and experience. 

Nominations are open now!

Pick up a nomination form from your kindergarten or

download from www.kindergartentaranaki.co.nz now!

Nominations close

at 4 pm, 7 August 2019


Kindergarten Taranaki

Annual General Meeting and election

24 August 2019 – 11 am

TET Stadium, Stratford


Being part of a Kindergarten Taranaki committee or whānau group is a great way to get to know people, learn more about your child’s learning environment and contribute to your community.

Committees and Whānau Groups work in partnership with our teaching teams and the wider community to support our kindergartens, particularly in the area of fundraising activities, organising social events and working bees.

They also provide a family and community perspective for our teaching teams, which helps develop the direction and culture of our kindergartens.

Working together with teachers, they proactively promote and advocate for Kindergarten Taranaki in the community and provide invaluable help and support.

Local committee and Whānau Group meetings are held once a month and the Annual Meeting for the kindergarten is held in May each year.

New committee or Whānau Group members are welcome at any time  during the year, and it is a great way to get to know people in your community. Our kindergartens grow stronger with the support of parents, committee and Whānau groups.


Joining your local Committee or Whānau Group or becoming a Board Member is a great way to help ensure Kindergarten education in Taranaki remains strong and relevant for current and future directions, plus it’s a great way to build governance skills and experience.