Wendy is the manager at the Gisborne Community Early Education Centre/Te Whare Tiaki Tamariki Inc.
She has served, locally, on the Kiwa Education Partnership representing ECE which has now been disbanded and was also a member on the consultative group for 20-Hours Free ECE set up by the Labour government and has been a representative of ECE on the NZ Teachers Council.
What was your early life like?
My early years were spent in Karamea, a small settlement on the West Coast of the South Island, where I was born into a strong family community. Being surrounded by whanau within a close community where everyone knew who you were and looked out for you, gave me a sense of security, well-being and belonging. This sense of togetherness played a large role in my formative years. I did not know that at the time but of course learned the value of this in later years when I studied for my qualifications in Early Childhood Education.
My family moved to Nelson when I was 9 years old. My passion as a teenager was gymnastics and I represented my region nationally. After my competition days, I moved on to coaching which I enjoyed immensely as I was then able to pass on what I had learned to the next generation of gymnasts. I found that this gave me great joy and I believe was in all probability my initiation into teaching children later down the track.
Describe your career path and jobs held?
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