Enger Pelosi Fear

Centre Manager/Teacher in the Ruma Nui

Kia ora koutou,

My family is based here at Hawea and I attended Mount Aspiring College. I completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Theatre at Victoria University. I then moved back home to Wanaka where I studied Early Childhood Education. I began teaching in 2011.

I have always been passionate about working with children and see it as such a privilege to share their learning journeys through these formative young years.

In the larger picture I see education as a way to empower children, families and communities. I enjoy connecting our preschool life to world around us through common values like enjoying the great outdoors.

Outside of early childhood education I strive to live a self sustainable lifestyle and love gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time in nature. I am creative and enjoy flax weaving, playing the violin and performance art in my spare time.

our team

Pip O'Connell

Centre Manager

Kia ora koutou,

Im passionate about the little people of this community and I believe these are the most important developmental and magical years.  With a Degree in Physical Education & a Post Graduate In Early Childhood, I have had several years experience in early childhood,  teaching at Montessori Childrens House Wanaka and several preschools in the Wanaka area.


Im fully immersed in the Hawea community, spending the last  few years with my own beautiful children, at home and in the garden.  Teaching a flax weaving course and yoga.

I love exploration of our natural world, gardening & food, dance & movement, creativity & music.

Anna Edkins

Cook/Gardener/Relief Teacher

When I moved to Wanaka I wrote three CV’s, one detailing my experience in childcare, one with my experience as a gardener and one with my experience as a chef. All three are passions of mine as well as work, so I couldn’t believe my luck when I found a job that incorporates all three interests in such a meaningful environment, with a philosophy that so closely matches my own. I feel like I’ve found my perfect job and look forward sharing my passion for growing organic vegetables and creating healthy food."

Gemma Ward

Administration Manager/Relief Teacher

I started my teaching journey in 2003, working in centres and kindergartens across Auckland, Wellington & Wanaka. I am particularly enamoured with infants, and draw a lot of my inspiration from Pikler, RIE & Reggio Emilia, as well as my own wee boy. I believe relationships are central to an infants learning and I strive to foster security and connection in order to build children’s confidenxe they need to explore. 


I am originally from Auckland, but have been living in Hawea now since 2011. I love running, fishing, drawing, cats, music and sunshine!! 


Kia Ora, I’m Susan. I have a Diploma of Teaching ECE and have been teaching since 1994, the last 16 years in Wanaka, taking time out to have my two children. 

My family and I live in Hawea Flat and I feel privileged to work within the community I live in. I love being in my garden and my family and I created the Sharing Shed which I am very proud of. 

My teaching philosophy is hugely based on respect, trust and open communication - developing authentic relationships with your children and you, Kimberly Crisp, Pennie Brownlee and The Heart School inspire me daily!

Kelly Holyoake

I am passionate about the holistic development or our tamariki and am committed to working alongside tamariki and their whanau to develop confident learners who feel capable in their ability to learn. I had 4 years of teaching experience in Wellington before I moved to Hawea where I worked with tamariki from 3 months to 5 years old. I did my degree in International Relations and French but as I always wanted to work with children, I went on to do the Graduate Diploma of Teaching. I worked in international development before I became a teacher where I advocated for the rights of children internationally. 


Aside from working with children, I love to be active and to be in the outdoors.

Beth Lomas

Kia Ora my name is Beth! I’m originally from Dunedin but moved to Wanaka at the end of 2018. I live in a tiny house just outside of Luggate with my boyfriend Jack, and I love being outdoors, travelling and socialising with our friends. 

I’ve been working in Early Childhood since 2014, little humans have always been my passion! My teaching pedagogy is based around Magda Gerba, Pennie Brownlee and Kimberly Crisp – I believe in nurturing, respectful and trusting relationships with all children and whanau.  I love being creative, singing, dancing and getting messy with the children on a daily basis! Hawea has such a special vibe and I look forward to meeting all those who join our Kanuka Corner whanau – there is a lot of fun to be had! 

Sylvie Balluet

I strive to be a teacher that empowers each child to reach their best potential, by creating a respectful and trusting relationship with each of them, by encouraging them in meaningful activities and by focusing on positive behaviour to promote collaborative play.  ​

Hannah Shea

Kia Ora my name is Hannah. I’m a bubbly, positive person who has a strong passion of working with children. I was lucky enough to grow up in Lake Hawea and develop a keen interest in the outdoors. I graduated from Otago University in 2016 and moved to London where I lived and worked as a nanny for 3 years. This experience endorsed my teaching philosophy which is largely built around reciprocal relationships that empower children to reach their full potential. I am looking forward to getting to know you all at Kanuka Corner and feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful community!

Sophia Jamieson

Kia Ora,

I’m Sophia. I’m originally from Auckland, but after finishing school at Mt Aspiring College, moved back to Wanaka in 2016. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and with a minor in French from the University of Canterbury. I’m returning teaching after ski instructing, and working at both Skydive Wanaka and Wanaka Paragliding. I’m passionate about the outdoors particularly the water, but I also love poetry as well. I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Kanuka Corner family.