Meet the team

Kia Ora, My name is Nimei Heald, and I am the centre supervisor for Feathers Early Learning Centre.
I am happily married with two adult boys, and blessed with a beautiful grandchild named Ariana. My desire to be a teacher started when my mother pursued a primary school teaching career, and then when my younger son was a toddler I took him to playcentre and kindergarten and got involved in the parent committee and did some courses there to enhance my knowledge about the early years of child development. I also worked as a teacher aide supporting children with special needs in various early childhood centres.  From these experiences, I chose to pursue my career in Early Childhood.In 2006 I started my studies to be a qualified early childhood teacher and completed my qualification in Diploma of Teaching in 2009 and immediately moved from being a student teacher to a Head Teacher position at Lollipops Educare, Henderson, where I was for five years. I came to Feathers in February 2013. I am a fully registered ECE teacher.
I love what I do, and thrive on seeing children reach their full potential in their learning environment, and love to work in partnership with parents and whanau, to ensure that their children get the best quality care and education.
Hi my name is Samantha. I live with my families in west Auckland. Me and my husband have two children, one is in primary school and the other comes to Feathers. I have been working here since Feathers ELC started while I was still training. I currently hold a Graduate Diploma in ECE and fully registered in New Zealand. I love children very much and this is why I chose to change my career from accountant to an early childhood teacher. My favourite thing to do off work is travelling. I would love to experience different cultures and meet different people.
My name is Mell and I have been working in the education industry since early 2009. I hold a Bachelor in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) which I gained from UNITEC in 2012. I am passionate about teaching and learning alongside tamariki and believe strongly that tamariki learn best they build and maintain reciprocal relationships with their educators based on respect, care and love.I believe tamariki learn best they are supported, encourage and have a sense of security and belonging within their learning environment. I believe tamariki learn through play and most importantly through things that interest them.
Malo e lelei, My name is Jennifer Lavemai.  I am a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching.  I am working towards my full registration and teach in the busy Nga Puawai room.  I come from the friendly Island of Tonga and have been living in New Zealand for over 18years now.  I love singing, travelling and spending time with my family. I am happily married to my prince (Viliami) and enjoying life with our 5 little bundles of joy. I have been working in early childhood education since 2010.  I can speak fluent Tongan and English, which help support Tongan families in my care. I believe that every individual child should be given the opportunity to have a healthy, secure and caring environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.  All children should be encouraged to learn at their own individual pace to flourish and reach their full potential.  I am passionate about working with children and look forward to knowing you and your child.

Hi, I’m Emily,

I joined the feathers team in 2015, and I am fortunate to have the privilege of being an early childhood teacher, working with and alongside children as they navigate their early years of learning, relationships, exploration and joy here at Feathers, and indeed, at home with my own two young children. Becoming a mum has opened my eyes to the challenge that is parenthood, and I believe strongly that part of my role as a teacher is in supporting families and whanau as a child’s best advocates. I see children as capable and motivated co-constructors of their own learning, but also recognise value and strength in celebrating the way in which children learn through building relationships with people, places and things.


Transition to school programme:

The 4yrs olds are invited to join in project work, and the transition to school literacy programme. This programme includes:

  • Letter of the week
  • Name recognition
  • Numeracy
  • Recognise of colours and shapes
  • Phonics(learning the sounds that group of letters makes word when spoken)
  • Writing in their own individual writing book
  • Fundamental physical activities

What makes us special?

  • Well planned regular school visit
  • Fortnightly library van (add photo)
  • Healthy lunch box day
  • B4 school check


Document Attachment: to find out more please check here for school readiness pack

Here is link for healthy lunch box ideas


B4 School check link