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Centre Environmental Designer and Centre Owner (Robin Christie's Story

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Robin is an early childhood teacher who now spends his time designing and building learning spaces for young children, as well as delivering professional development to teachers in the areas of environment design, science in ECE, storytelling and puppetry, and the joys of the ukulele.

 

What was your early life like?

My parents were teaching at the Mission Station on Millingimbi, an island off the Northern Territory coast, when I was born. Both kiwis, they had the foresight to give my sister and I the benefit of a worldly upbringing, living and teaching (and nursing) on Rarotonga, Niue, and (briefly) Papua New Guinea before returning to New Zealand when I was 10. Looking back on that glorious time of my life, the two main things that shaped my perspectives on life were being in the minority (being palangi), and growing up without a television. The former has meant that I feel comfortable being the odd man out (literally, in most early childhood situations), and the latter that I have always felt you have to make your own fun in this world.

 

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