Meet Our Team

Caring for your children

Havelock North Family Centre is proud to offer teachers with many years experience, and a passion for creating and sustaining learning for our tamariki and families.


Senior Teacher

I’m a qualified early childhood teacher with 18 years’ experience in 5 centres, including a Pasfika centre in Whanganui, Palmerston North and Auckland. Myself and my wife have relocated to Hastings earlier this month with our young son - Braxton, who will be joining me at Frederick Street Kindergarten.

I have a passion for teaching and having fun. I believe that if the children and the teaching team are having fun, learning new and exciting things is fun! I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I look forward to welcoming parents and their children to the centre and getting to know their amazing families.

My teaching philosophy focuses on creating a fully inclusive environment, one that values all akonga (learners), as valued members with their own gifts to share. I encourage akonga to teach and to learn alongside their peers – tuakana (more experienced peer) – teina (less experienced peer). I believe it is about more capable peers supporting each other sharing their own unique gifts. This is underpinned by my ultimate philosophy of having FUN!



Kia ora, I’m Caroline and have been working at HNFC since March this year. Previously to this I had been a stay at home mum with my three young children. I have always had a passion for working with children and spent five years working at a Special Needs School in Wellington.

I have been a Playcentre parent for eight years and have taken part in their education programmes. I feel it is a real privilege to be involved with our tamariki in these early years and love watching them learn and grow as individuals.



Kia ora, my name is Bruna. I am originally from Brazil and moved to New Zealand last year with my husband, Edu, and my children, Cecilia (8) and Thomas (4).
I earned my teaching degree and masters in early childhood education in Brazil. For nearly 15 years, I worked with both Primary and Early Childhood Education before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom to my two wonderful children.
I believe that every child is unique and an agent of their own learning, bringing with them their own history, previous knowledge, personality, and desires. I have always been moved by the sparkle in children's eyes when they make discoveries and reach new milestones in their development.
I am very grateful to have the opportunity to start my New Zealand teaching career with this incredible team at HNFC. I can't wait to get to know each tamariki and whānau and learn about this amazing country with you all.



We are delighted to welcome Cassey as a full time fully registered and certified Early childhood Teacher to the Havelock North Family Centre. Cassey comes to us with vast experience of working with children from 0-5 years in a variety of different Early Childhood Settings. She is excited to get to know you and your children.
Tenā koutou, Tenā koutou,
Tenā koutou katoa
Ko Te Mata o Rongokako te maunga
Ko Aotearoa te iwi
Ko Morgan te hapu
Ko Tere Hall tōku pāpā
Nō Northland ia
Ko Pere Mihaka tōku pāpā whangai
Nō Te Arawa ia
Ko Paula Morgan tōku māmā
Nō Heretaunga ia
Ko Adam Boag taku tāne
Ko Morgan Boag taku Tama
Ko Sophia Boag taku tamāhine
Ko Cassandra Hall tōku ingoa
He ākonga ahau nō Te aho a Māui
Kia ora tātau katoa

Aimee Hawke and John Bartley

Aimee + John

(M.Ed, B.Ed, PGDipEdPsych)

We are very proud to own Havelock North Family centre – along with Freckle and the Frederick Street Kindergarten.We are so blessed to have such amazing people who love and cherish their roles in being part of you and your tamariki learning journey.

Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini –
My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective

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