OUR TEAM
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SKYE

HEAD KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

With Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Tahu roots through my Mama, I am also lucky enough to whakapapa to Ngai Tamanuhiri through my Dad who has raised me since I was 3yrs old.

 

The oldest of three, I have been often referred to as the stubborn, know-it-all boss of the family but I would like to think instead that I’m passionate and vocal!

Motherhood has driven me to cherish a well-balanced sense of life, daily rhythm and laughter; and hope to represent these values in everything I do.

 

I have two beautiful babies to keep me focused and the most supportive future husband, all of who reminds me daily to value my Māori culture and challenge the status quo always.

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SUSIE

COOK / U.Q. KAIAKO

My name is Susie Hendra.

I grew up between Napier and Wairoa. When I was 20, I left N.Z to work and travel for a bit. 20 years later I returned for good with my husband and 2 daughters to live in Auckland.

I have always loved to cook and feed people, and have worked as a cook in 2 daycares before coming to Bizzy Bodz in Gisborne. It is the best of both worlds, cooking and children!!

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TANIA

Q. KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

Kiaora,

Ko Koka Tarn tōku ingoa

Kei te mahi ana ahau ki roto tēnei mahi kōhungahunga mo ngā tau rua tēkau ma rima.

 

I enjoy working and supporting our tamariki, they are our future therefore early childhood education is the perfect place to develop their minds and prepare them for their next journey onto primary school.

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KAYLA

U.Q. KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

Kia Ora,

My name is Kayla Wells and I am born and bred in Gisborne. I have my bachelor in Primary teaching which I completed in Hamilton. I am a proud Mumma to a 10-month-old baby boy.

 

I started off relieving at Bizzy Bodz before taking up the roll as admin. You will sometimes see me on the floor with the tamariki which I enjoy interacting with them and watching them grow.

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ANDY

Q. KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

I moved from Hamilton back to Gisborne 2yrs ago to be closer to my family. I did my early education in Gisborne where I went to Waikirikiri primary, Upminster Intermediate and G.G.H.S.

 

I am a fully registered teacher having been in ECE for over 35 years and have never wanted to do anything other than educating pre-schoolers.

I have an adult son who lives in Auckland and I have raised him on my own, an accomplishment I am extremely proud of. I love my home, my garden and walking my dog.

Thank you for this opportunity to work alongside you all in our children grow and thrive at Bizzy Bodz.

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DARCY

Q. KAIAKO - UNDER 2'S

Tena koutou katoa
Ruia taitea kia tū ko taikaka anake 
Tihei Mauri Ora
Ko Pirongia me ko Karangahake ngā maunga
Ko Waipa me ko Ohinemuri ngā awa
Ko Bev tōku māmā
Ko David tōku pāpā
Ko Keegan tōku tuākana
Ko Raina raua ko Kahlan aku tēina
Ko April tōku wāhine
Ko Darcy Spraggs āhau
Nō Paeroa āhau
Engari kei te noho i Tūranganui-a-kiwa ināianei

Kia Ora everyone, my name is Darcy Spraggs. I have been teaching since finishing highschool in 2017, and have at the end of 2020 completed my bachelors degree in teaching (early childhood education) through Te Rito Maioha. I grew up in Paeroa, but my family moved to Gisborne when I was 12. I am passionate about working alongside children and exploring the world with them. 
I am excited to get to know you and your tamariki as I start my journey at Bizzy Bodz!

 

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SHANTI

Q. KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

Hi my name is Shanti Mc Ilroy.

 

I have been a qualified teacher in ECE for 15 plus years.

 

I hail from sunny Gisborne and I am a mother to two adult children and four beautiful grandchildren.

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JAMIE

Q. KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

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SARAH

Q. KAIAKO - OVER 2'S

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PAULINE

Q. KAIAKO - RELIEVER

Ko Maungatautari te maunga

Ko Waikato te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tāpapa te marae

Ko Ngati Raukawa te hapū

Ko Tainui te iwi

Ko Pauline Downing ahau

 

I am one of the new faces in the Centre and have enjoyed being a part of the Bizzy Bodz team, nurturing your child’s love for learning.

I completed my full registration in 2016 after graduating from Canterbury in December 2012. I taught in Primary for a year, then moved to ECE where I discovered a passion for early childhood learners and the enthusiasm they have for life. I enjoy guiding them as they explore the world around them while discovering what their interests are and how to tap into them. Building meaningful relationships with children and their families is important to me and I look forward to getting to know you in the months ahead.