Who we are

At Space NZ Trust we believe that every new parent can be vulnerable & in need of support as they transition to parenthood

We are committed to ensuring that universally available & responsive post-natal support is an integral part of having a baby in NZ. 

We share the philosophy of Te Whāriki (the early childhood curriculum that underpins all early childhood care & education in NZ): that learning begins at home, & that parents & quality early childhood programmes play a significant role in laying the foundations for successful future learning.  

Space for you and your baby supports baby's to establish those intimate, responsive & trusting relationships that are part of the weaving together of Te Whāriki’s key curriculum requirements, & empowers sociable, loving & physically responsive parenting that is so important for infant development.

Our universal approach serves all new parents regardless of background & culture while our unique dual curriculum provides for the parent, the baby & the community. 

We work collaboratively with a diverse range of national & local organisations who deliver Space for you and your baby to their communities 

We believe in parenting today for tomorrow through creating lasting generational change where:

Our team 

Leanne

Leanne Dawson Chief Executive Officer

Sue1

Suzan Kefali-Pattinson National Partnership Manager

Truus 2

Truus Dingemanse Regional Partnership Coordinator (South Island)

Tristan

Tristan Smith Partnership Administrator & Finances

Karen

Karen Lynley Learning & Development Coordinator

Angela

Angela Browne Community Space facilitator

kathy

Kathy Matthews Programme Coordinator

justine

Justine Jones Project Coordinator

 

Our board

Kathy Wolfe Chair

Kathy brings a substantial background in working in collaborative partnerships in the commercial & not for profit sectors with a well-respected track record in leadership.  Kathy has held senior executive roles within health, leisure, tertiary education, retail & property investment.   She started her career as a para-legal & moved into senior general management roles in South Africa, United Kingdom & New Zealand.

Kathy holds an MBA from Victoria University, is a provisionally accredited director & member of the Institute of Directors & New Zealand Institute of Management.  Her strength in not-for-profit governance, strategy, change management & strategic HR combined with her commercial, business & management backgrounds enable her to relate to & assist organisations in developing business growth & efficiencies. Kathy’s diverse background brings with it a strong appreciation & ability to contribute to what we are looking to achieve through our Space initiatives.

 

Andy Soper

Andy's roots are in Playcentre, having come through Belmont Playcentre with his wife Kaye & their three children, having held Property, Policy & Employment roles for the Hutt Playcentre Association. Andy's  professional role is as a lawyer, & these skills have been put to good use from the  very early days of Space in  advising the team on matters such as agreements, funding, leases & organisational structure. Andy has shown  strong leadership of Space as an original member of the Hutt SPACE National Team Advisory Board, & participated in the Space Working Party. His vision for Space  is to extend its coverage, support existing & new providers of the programme, & progress towards long-term sustainability.

 

Doris Kaua

Doris has had just over 26 years public service experience, five years as a full-time university student, three years in the private/business sector, three years in the NGO sector & over four years in the ITO sector. Doris has strong cultural beliefs, values and experience, & coupled with her work experience provides her with a unique edge in her approach to work. Doris is comfortable & confident in both the Maori & non-Maori world, has a “can-do” attitude & an innate ability & drive to simply “get on with the job”.

 

Truus Dingemanse

Truus & her family were members of Belmont Playcentre, & Truus went on to become a Centre Support Person for the Hutt Playcentre Association. She brings extensive knowledge of Space from having been a founding member of the Space team, a Space facilitator, a member of the Space Centre of Innovation research team, & member of the Hutt SPACE National Team Advisory Board. Truus has many & varied links within the early childhood sector, through her  studies (recently completing a postgraduate qualification) as well as having worked in home-based education & care, kindergarten, early care & education centres, a hospital play service, & as a tutor/lecturer. She has a passion for Space & what it offers to families in Aotearoa/NZ, & wants to see it reach its full potent

Join us in supporting parenting today for tomorrow!

We are a not for profit organisation registered with the Charities Commission. (CC46081) and are proudly supported by

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Space NZ Trust Strategic Plan 2015-2020

SPACE NZ Trust Annual Report 2015

SPACE NZ Trust Annual Report 2014

SPACE NZ Trust Annual Report 2013

SPACE NZ Trust Annual Report 2012

SPACE NZ Trust Annual Report 2011      

SPACE NZ Trust Strategic Plan 2011-2013   

SPACE NZ Trust Viability & Sustainability Report