MEET OUR AWESOME URU MĀNUKA TEAM Click here to check out the Uru Mānuka Google+ page!

EMMA - Cluster Manager

Kia Ora, 

My name is Emma Ingham and this is my first year as a Cluster Manager for the Uru Manuka (Hornby) area. I have spent the last 4 months on maternity leave after the birth of my beautiful baby boy, Beaudan. In 2013 I completed my Bachelor in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) while working in an early childhood centre in Christchurch which is where I grew up. 

After finishing my study I moved to Perth, Australia to be with my now fiance, Scott, and lived and worked over there for the past 4 and half years before having Beaudan. In Perth I worked in a university campus centre where I also was given the opportunity to be a Research Practitioner specialising in S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education in early childhood settings and sharing and presenting our research throughout conferences and workshops in Perth.

I enjoy travelling and last year went to Europe with Scott where we explored Italy, Croatia and the Greek Islands, however, after having Beaudan and moving back to New Zealand, I can’t wait to settle back into the kiwi life and get back into running as well as walking the awesome tracks Otautahi provides.

I am so excited to be apart of this learning journey with you all and can’t wait to be apart of this experience alongside you.

To learn more about the programme and about me, please watch this short video.

MIKEY - Blogger

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Mikey Nodder and this is my first year with the Summer Learning Journey programme. I am a second year Bachelor of Education student at the University of Auckland, where I am working towards becoming a primary school teacher.

I have lived in Auckland for the last two years, but I am originally from a small coastal town in the Bay of Islands called Russell. Russell is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is steeped in rich New Zealand history, which made it a wonderful place to grow up. I was lucky enough to live within 5 minutes’ walk of the ocean which meant that a lot of my childhood was spent in, on and around the water. I credit my love of any and all water and beach-based activities to that.

Before moving to Auckland, I lived in Wellington and, before that, in Western Australia. During those years I was fortunate enough to be able to do a bit of travel, which has now become one of my favourite things to do. Unfortunately my student allowance doesn’t quite stretch to funding overseas adventures at the moment so I like to spend my spare time playing sports, being outdoors and reading.

I am so excited to be a part of your literacy learning journey this summer and I look forward to reading your blogs and getting to know you all.

SUSIE - Blogger
Kia Ora,

My name is Susie and I am delighted to be a part of the Summer Learning Journey this year as a blog commenter. I was born in Korea and have lived there until I turned ten, when I decided to travel to Canada by myself to study English. As you could imagine, I was a very brave 10-year-old!

I absolutely loved my experience in Canada as a young child. Being immersed in a different culture and making new friends on the other side of the world has changed my life in the most positive way. I had to return to my family in Korea after a few years but I missed living overseas so much. Have a guess at which country I chose to go next... New Zealand!

I came here when I was in year 9 and have lived here ever since. I absolutely fell in love with the nature and the people in this country, and I decided to call this place my home. Teachers have always been a big part of my life since they were supportive throughout my spontaneous life journey. I wish to do the same and give back to the community by spreading positivity and love.

I look forward to reading each and every one of your blogs - we might share similar interests. Let’s have some fun during summer!


LAURA - Cluster Support Worker

Kia Ora,


My name is Laura Nalder and this is my first year working with the Summer Learning Journey. Until recently, I was a Team Leader at Pt England School in Auckland where a number of my students partook in the Summer Learning Journey. I completed my masters in education last year with Rachel Williamson as my supervisor! At the beginning of 2018 I moved with my husband Jono to Nelson, where our daughter Laila was born.


I have travelled to many countries around the world, and I have lived all over NZ. I love going to interesting places - like camping in the desert in Jordan, motorbiking in the mountains in Chile, painting in Palestine, or teaching in Haiti! I also love Aotearoa and being able to surf, mountain bike, hike and snowboard here.


I love living in Nelson but I do miss my students very much! It is wonderful to be involved with this programme and to continue to see so many students all over NZ extending their learning over the summer holidays. See you online!  


To learn a little bit more about me, please watch this short video