Ko Heather Stuart tōku ingoa
Ko Esther Piripi raua ko Craig Stuart aku matua
Ko Gabrielle raua ko Ben taku tuakana
Ko Ione ratou ko Jerusha, ko Keren, ko Livi, ko Moana oku teina. Ko Asher, raua ko Moses taku irimoto
Ko Esteban tōku Tāne
Nō Waipawa, Central Hawke’s Bay ahau
Ko Huruiki te Maunga
Ko moko te awa
Ko ngātiwai tōku iwi
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou Katoa.
Kia ora, my name is Heather.
I grew up in the Hawkes Bay, with a large family of eight. We were home schooled, so I grew up very close to my siblings, learning together about nature and our world.
I then decided to move to Wellington to study Early Childhood Education at Victoria University, so I can help children to learn and grow with a love of nature and appreciation for life.
I live in Wellington with my partner, and in my free time enjoy spending time in the garden, looking after the plants, going for walks out in nature, or at the beach. I also enjoy reading, biking, doing art or DIY and spending time with my two beautiful nephews whenever I can.
Another one of my passions is learning about different cultures and languages, although I am Māori, I was brought up away from our Māori land and whānau, but my Mother always made sure that we knew where we came from, and always made an effort to bring us back there whenever we could. Consequently, I am passionate about growing my te reo Māori, and keeping it alive, as well as helping children grow the connections to where they came from and feel proud of that. My partner is from Chile, and having travelled there, the Spanish language and culture holds a place in my heart as well.
I am nearing completion of my studies, and have become passionate about helping children develop into the best versions of themselves, as they learn who they are and where they belong. I am excited to begin this learning journey at Khandallah Nursery School as I share my knowledge with your tamariki, and you and your tamariki are able to help me learn and grow as well.