Hi, Kia ora,
I originally trained as a Secondary School teacher and worked in that sector of education for 5 years. After marrying and having three daughters, I realized the importance environment played in the development of the very young child. This interest lead me to open my own Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) Centre in 1984 and I retrained to gain my Early Childhood Diploma (equiv). My children are now adults and all are involved in education and I have two very precious grand-daughters and four very precious grandsons!
I believe developing a love of learning is very empowering and creates confidence and a sense of well-being. I also believe all young children deserve to have access to education in an environment that is safe, secure, caring and stimulating; where they are encouraged to explore, grow and develop to their full potential. This is achieved best when there is a supportive, constructive relationship between the E.C.E. Centre, family and the wider community. I look forward to continuing to work with children, parents and whanau, encouraging children to become “competent, confident, enthusiastic learners! “.
No reira e te whānau e hoa mā ( therefore family/friends) tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. ( I acknowledge you, I acknowledge you, I acknowledge you.)


Hello/ Kia ora,
My name is Claire Iversen-Smith and I live in Greenhithe and have three teenage children. I hold a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Teaching from the Kindergarten Union of New Zealand. My teaching experience has mainly been in public kindergarten but have also been involved in working with children with special needs, and have a particular interest in children’s literacy.
My approach to teaching involves acknowledging children’s strengths and interests alongside the identification of learning needs to ensure that children are in an environment where their self esteem is nurtured, a sense of partnership is valued and they can grow and develop into competent, confident, life long learners. My teaching philosophy is underpinned by the early childhood curriculum ‘Te Whariki’ and working in partnership with whanau/ family.
I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Harbour View Kindergarten alongside wonderful teachers in an environment for children that is so enriching and challenging and I look forward to developing strong relationships with both your child and their whanau.
Ko te Tamaiti te Putake o te Kaupapa. – The child – The heart of the matter.


Hello and Kia ora,
I am Prue Fry, one of the teachers/kaiako at Harbour View Kindergarten. I have completed a Bachelor of Education ECE at Auckland University and have had the pleasure of working at Harbour View Kindergarten since the beginning of 2007. I am married and live in Kumeu, my husband and I have four adult children and eight grandchildren between us. My interest in early childhood education developed when my daughter was in kindergarten and I consider the early years to be the building blocks/ foundations for children’s emotional and intellectual development. I believe that children’s learning and development is inextricably linked to their family/ whānau and their environment and I look forward to meeting you and working in partnership with you and your child.


Kia Ora,
My name is Melanie Gjaltema.
I first came to know HVK in 2005, firstly as a parent and a year or two later as a Teacher. After leaving to have my 3rd and then 4th child, I returned again, as a parent, and then as a Teacher!
Evidence of the value I put on this Kindy, both from a parent and an educator’s perspective. I love the quality teaching provided, in such a stimulating environment.
Every child is special and valued, as are their whanau.
I have a Diploma in Maternal and Child Welfare and a Diploma of Teaching (ECE).
I have worked with children in a variety of teaching capacities (as well as a variety of countries!)
I am excited about being back on the Kindy team in 2016 and I look forward to working alongside your
child/children and getting to know you as a family.


My name is Kristine Watts. I have a back ground in Biological Sciences and Culinary Arts. I completed my graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2012 and have loved being a ‘Kindy Teacher’ ever since.
I live in Te Atatu South with my partner Carl, our two boys Nathan and Damon, and our puppy-dog Kirby. I love being outdoors, especially at the beach and camping with my family and whanau.
I enjoy spending time in the garden with children, planting and growing flowers and edibles, as well as looking at all the amazing creatures that live in our out-door environment. I believe it is important to support learning and understanding around the importance of living in a sustainable way. I like cooking with young children and fostering thinking around healthy food choices. I also have a passion for children’s picture books and developing children’s literacies through ‘actively reading’ with young learners.