We have a diverse team of passionate women that drive TeacherTalk and its vision. We are illustrators, writers, researchers, designers, marketers, translators and teachers.

Kate Robinson

BA (Double Major) in Political Science and Social Policy, BDes in Visual Communication Design and Computer Animation.

Kate is our inspirer; she is the entrepreneur behind us all, making everything happen. Kate is the owner of an award-winning Early Childcare Centre in Porirua. She comes with a wealth of business experience and an educational and political science background. Kate leads our team to be able to deliver the best service possible.

Stevie Elliott – Rongowhakaata

BDes (Hons) Visual Communication Design & Advertising

Stevie is our creative director; her skills and creative expertise lead our team to deliver innovative and unique resources. She’s had over 10 years experience in the design industry. She ensures that our business remains up to date with the latest trends and topics. Stevie’s not only our head designer, she’s also had over five years experience working as a teacher in ECE. She really knows what it takes to be a teacher and all our resources are designed with this experience in mind.

Xoe Hall – Kāi Tahu

BDes (Hons) Visual Communication Design & Advertising

Xoë is our very own in house artist and visual story-teller. Her unique and incredibly vibrant illustrations are the face of our resources. Māori legends have captured her heart since she was a kid, and storytelling is in her blood. She’s woven and illustrated our three books and researches, writes and illustrates many of our resources.

Ariana Roberts – Ngāti Kahungunu

BEd (ECE), Post Grad Certification – Leadership, Centre Manager, Consultant for TeacherTalk

Ari is our certified Early Childhood Teacher; with her guidance and expertise, we are able to gain valuable insight into what resources teachers and tamariki need in their day to day and how we might extend on learning and teaching practices. This allows us to have a hands-on approach for product testing. Ari has over 10 years experience in ECE and is currently a Centre Manager of an award-winning ECE centre.

Ashley Church

BDes, Photography Major (Hons)

Ash is our marketing guru; she shares TeacherTalks vision and is passionate about creating and marketing, resources that make a difference for teachers and children. She ensures we’re creating the best possible educational products for NZ’s kaiako! Ash loves seeing little ones get excited about learning stories significant to Aotearoa and it’s history.

Sian Montgomery-Neutz – Ngai Tara/Muaūpoko

Master’s Degree in Mātauranga Māori (Māori Studies)

Sian is our go-to Te Reo Māori translator and creative writer! She is a talented Wellington based freelance artist, moko practitioner and writer/translator of Ngai Tara/Muaūpoko descent. She has worked as a Mātauranga Māori and Visual Arts teacher, resource and assessment developer (Ministry of Education), translator (Te Reo), cultural advisor and project coordinator.

Paretapu Waru – Te Rarawa/Te Aupouri/Ngāti Haua

BA in Mātauranga Māori (Māori Studies) & Māori Visual Arts

Paretapu Waru is a descendant of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, and Ngāti Haua iwi. Paretapu is a product of fully immersed kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, and wharekura Māori. Paretapu graduated firstly with a bachelor’s degree in Mātauranga Māori from Te Wananga o Raukawa. This was followed recently (May 2019) with a bachelor’s degree in contemporary Māori visual arts from Toimairangi School of Māori Arts. Paretapu works via correspondence with Teacher Talk in her downtime and has created a good rapport with the team at Teacher Talk. Paretapu is a highly competent bilingual practitioner.