The Council is the organisation's governance group. Elected from the membership, they provide strategic direction for ECNZ.
Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ) is an incorporated
society of members governed by a Council elected by members at Annual
General Meetings (AGM). The Council's role is that of a governance body,
overseeing ECNZ's policies and strategic direction. The Council meet
five times each year.
Council is responsible for:
- Consulting with members of ECNZ in a regular and systematic manner
- Developing the ECNZ’s strategic vision and direction and approving its strategic plan
- Employing and managing the performance of the Chief Executive.
ECNZ Council is comprised of a National President, and eight
members. Two member positions are reserved for Māori and one for
Pasifika. There is an elected staff representative on the Council.
Lesley is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty
of Education, University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand where she
teaches in the early childhood and Māori education programmes.
While I have worked in various early childhood settings, tertiary education and governmentI currently work at the Gisborne Kindergarten Association.
I have a
Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) and a Master of
Business Studies in Human Resource Management (with Distinction) both
from Massey University.
I am currently the Head Teacher in Te Maioha – the infant and toddler centre at Otago University Childcare Association.
I am fortunate to have been elected as the new Pacifika member and hope to bring added value and strength to the council. Appreciating the uniqueness of my culture has been foundational in navigating the educational terrain that many of our Pacific children travel.
have been involved in the early childhood education sector for thirty
years. The first ten years were spent teaching in kindergartens in the
Taranaki and Manawatu. The past
twenty years have been in the tertiary sector beginning at Massey
University where I lectured in the Bachelor of Education (Early Years,
birth to eight) degree and in other programmes.
father cherished this organisation above all others and after having
met many of the Te Rito Maioha whanau, I completely understand why.
I am a Chartered Accountant by profession and practised in Wellington city for more than 40 years with two different CA firms. I retired as a Partner from BDO Wellington in December 2011 after 32 years in that role.