The Associations Board Members

At Kaitiaki Kindergartens we only employ fully qualified ECE trained teachers to educate the children in our care.

Our Constitution
Welcome to Kaitiaki Kindergartens
Paul Geden - President,

I am a father of six, who lives in Hobsonville Point. My two youngest children both attend the fantastic Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre. I am active in my local community having previously served on the Hobsonville Point Residents Society and currently leading the parent committee at HPELC.

I am thrilled to become a board member for Kaitiaki Kindergartens and to help build upon the great position that it is in – delivering life changing foundations for children in the communities it serves.

I have 30 years of experience in the Insurance profession, across two continents and in many differing roles. I also have a strong background in governance and process management which I believe will serve the Association well coupled with the right skill set to help the Board set a strong strategic plan that will see this Association flourish in the future.

Nicole Thompson - Vice President,

I’m passionate about early childhood education and the wonderful learning environments Kaitiaki Kindergartens provides for our children. Kaitiaki Kindergartens has a long history in our communities and my husband and I both attended Torbay Kindergarten, so of course we wanted our two children to follow in our footsteps!

I was very involved in our kindergarten community over the 3 years we spent there and was the Kindergarten Committee President for almost two years. I enjoyed working with a group of like minded parents to achieve goals for the betterment of our kindergarten. When my kids had both started school, joining the board was a way for me to continue to be involved; helping to shape the future of Kaitiaki Kindergartens and ensure it will still be around for my children’s children. I am inspired to ensure that we respond to the needs of our families, while honouring the family based values of kindergarten and keeping the well-being and learning of our children at heart.

I am a teacher of English as a second language, and I work with many different nationalities who are making their home in NZ. I really value the community and sense of belonging that being part of a Kaitiaki Kindergartens service provides to all of our families. I’m proud to be involved with Kaitiaki Kindergartens and giving our children the very best start on their journey of lifelong learning!

Grant Mitcheson - Board Member,

I have been a Life Member of Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association for well over 20 years and a member for about 34 years. I have a passion for seeing this Association be the best it can be in order to service our young children throughout all our various communities that we inhabit.

I have been a Professional Firefighter since 1984 and a Station Officer since 2002.
I am able to comprehend and act within the constitution, be accountable to the membership and have a clear understanding and knowledge of the governance role of the board.
I am genuinely committed to the purpose, vision and goals of the Association, and as an appointed Board Member act lawfully, honestly and in good faith at all times to help make this Association be the best it can be.

Alexia Mesnage - Board Member,

I am a parent with my daughter attending Whangaparaoa Kindergarten. We live in a very special, multicultural environment and I wish to contribute to its continual success.

I have a keen interest in early childhood education, from the fantastic services currently provided, to the issues that can arise for children and parents. I came to Auckland from France at the age of 4 and have been here ever since.

With 20 years’ experience in online communication and enjoy facilitating conversation, I also have years of experience in management, project and events management and marketing. I have a double degree in Marketing and French and have worked in sales, marketing and management roles. I currently work in Parliamentary Communications as a Research and Policy Assistant and MP Support for the East Coast Bays Electoral Office.

John Lewis - Board Member,

I grew up in Central Otago, with my wife and I moving to Auckland (settling in Browns Bay) almost 6 years ago when we were expecting our first child. Our son Jack attends Oaktree Kindergarten in Browns Bay and is off to school this year, with our daughter joining before too long.

My career has largely been in technology roles for insurers and banks here in NZ and the UK, with my current employment being with AA Insurance.

Being a board member for Kaitiaki Kindergartens offers an opportunity for me to make a contribution to the incredible community asset that are our kindergartens.  It is clear the future contains significant change for the Association and I think our focus as a board will be on ensuring a successful well-managed transition to Kindergartens Aotearoa.



Tui Skelton - Teacher Representative,
Ivor Peksa - Board Member,

I was elected at the recent Kaitiaki Kindergartens AGM in April 2021.  My wife and I currently have our son enrolled at Oaktree Kindergarten, with our daughter expected to attend in the near future.

I come from a technology background with over 25 years experience in information businesses.  I have spent 15 years working in a market leading data business in leadership roles.

It is extremely important to me that I contribute to the board with my time and experience – in assisting and advocating for the kindergarten model for enriching our children’s early years as much as we can and as widely as we can.