Melanie – Manager

My name is Melanie Metson and I am the owner and manager of Pohutukawa Kindergarten. My lifelong passion has been working with small children, and I always dreamed of owning my own kindergarten. I find children to be honest, open and so eager to learn. My philosophy is based on respect and I believe that if we respect each child as an individual and support them to respect themselves, others and the environment, then we are giving the future leaders of our society the tools to create a happy, peaceful and productive world. I am the mum of two precious little children – Cooper and Grace.

Olivia – Head Teacher (Ellerslie)

My name is Olivia Irwin. I come to Pohutukawa with over 12 years teaching experience in various Early Childhood settings. I have a degree in Psychology and Education and a Grad Dip in Teaching. I have a beautiful daughter Mia, who is the light of my life. Mia is currently attending Ellerslie Primary School. We love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I am passionate about teaching. I find the pre-school age to be one of inspiration, wonder and joyous freedom. It is always rewarding to see the children so engaged in their learning journey and to know that I am providing them with a nurturing, loving and stimulating environment.


My name is Wendy Broadbent. I joined Pohutukawa Kindergarten in January 2014. I have 12 years experience as an Early Childhood Swim Instructor for various swim schools in Auckland. Joining the team here is a great way to broaden my experiences with young children. I thoroughly enjoy watching and helping them play, learn, discover and seeing them grow, but I especially love their smiles. I have a daughter Sarah-Jane and a son Jamie.


Kia Ora, my name is Annie Holmes. I completed my Bachelor of Education (ECE) in 2013. I enjoy travelling, playing Netball, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends. I arrived back from teaching and living in the UK in September 2018. I believe the first 5 years of life is the most critical for a child’s learning and development and thoroughly enjoy being part of their learning journeys. I am enthusiastic about providing young children with rich opportunities and experiences to help them reach their full potential as they transition to school.


Kia Ora, my name is Roslyn Yarrall, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Pohutakawa team.  I am a third year student currently completing my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at AUT, and am due to finish in September this year.  I live locally, and my husband Kenneth and I are proud parents to Jacob, Lucy and Zara.  I am also a fur mummy to my beautiful wee cavoodle Daphne.  I believe in a respectful, child centred approach to early learning, and am a strong advocate of learning through play.  I feel the importance of early childhood education cannot be under estimated in our tamarikis learning journey, and look forward to building relationships with whanau in order to achieve the best outcome for all in this respect.

Sarah – Head Teacher (Glendowie)

My name is Sarah Brown. I have been teaching under 5 since 1997. I began with Pohutukawa in 2016. I have a Bachelor of teaching from Auckland university. I have 3 children, two boys and a girl. I have a passion for working with children through respectful relationships. I love the arts and am inspired to extend children through the visual arts. I have a background that has been influenced by our indigenous culture, and aesthetic environment.


Kia Ora, my name is Natasha Kirby. I am part of the wonderful Pohutukawa team here. I finished my Early Childhood degree in 2013 at Auckland University. I am married to my husband Tim and we have a son called Ryder and a dog called Buddy. I love working with children as each day is never the same and can be full of surprises and amazing discoveries. I enjoy being able to be their co-learner whilst being around to guide their development through their interests. My personal philosophy is that children learn through their play and the relationships that are formed with their peers, kaiako and the relationships with their whanau. Knowing that I have been a part of building a positive foundation for children brings me great joy!