Our Team

Katie Beecroft Owner/Manager


Kia ora, my name is Katie.  I am the proud owner of Open Spaces!  My husband Rob and I took over the centre in 2020 and have put a lot of aroha and hard mahi into creating a beautiful, warm, welcoming environment for our most precious tamariki to thrive, learn and play in nature.

I am from a business / administration / financial background.  I spent 10 years travelling the world and have lived in many different countries before returning to NZ where my heart resides.  My daughter Summer attended Open Spaces when we relocated to Whangarei in 2019.


Lynda Robinson  Lead Teacher Under 2s Registered Teacher


Kia ora, my name is Lynda

I have been working at Open Spaces since early 2019.
I love teaching in the Teina room (Under 2's).  I endevour to build a calm and respectful environment.

I have 3 adult children, as a family we all moved up from Auckland in 2018 and love Whangarei.  Our family has expanded to include a dog, 2 cats and 3 sheep.

Nikki Edge  Lead Teacher Over 2s Registered Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Nikki.  I have been at Open Spaces since November 2021.  I have been working in Early Childhood for over 20 years.  I have a teenage daughter Capri who attends Whangarei Girls High.  I am the Tuakana (over 2's) team leader.  Working with children at this age is such an amazing experience.  I am passionate about the environment and upcycling.  I believe children develop when they are having fun.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Karen Lee  Teacher Over 2s  Registered Teacher

Ko Mataatua ko breadalbane nga waka.  Ko Mania te maunga. Ko hotea te awa.  Ko Ngati Pukenga te iwi.  Ko Pakikaikutu te whenua.  No Whangarei ahau.

Kia ora, my name is Karen.  I have lived in Whangarei most of my life.  I live with my partner Nicholas and our son Logan. I am passionate about sustainability and nature.



Jo Harvey  Teacher Over 2s Registered Teacher

Kia ora, I'm Jo.  I have been teaching at Open Spaces for 9 years.  I live locally and have 2 adult children and 2 primary aged children; I also have a grandaughter that attends Open Spaces.

My personal teaching philosophy is based around the emotional well being of tamariki, I focus on each individual child's needs and how I can best meet and support these.


Louise Oclee-Brown  Teacher Over 2s  Registered Teacher


Kia ora, my name is Louise.  I moved to New Zealand from England 10 years ago, and love the beauty and nature that surrounds us in Northland.  I live locally with my husband Guy and our 2 children Alfie and Charlotte.

I love working in ECE in New Zealand and especially at Open Spaces as I am passionate about nature-based education learning and believe that children learn best when spending time outdoors and exploring through play.


Maya Divers  Teacher Over 2s  Registered Teacher


Hello, my name is Maya. 

Having grown up in Matapouri exploring our beautiful bush and coastline, I have a real love for the outdoors and enjoy sharing this passion with the children.  I started working at Open Spaces in 2015 before heading to Europe and then coming back to Open Spaces in 2020.  I feel very fortunate to be back working in this amazing centre.



Trinette Bird  Teacher Under 2's  Diploma in ECE teaching


Kia ora, my name is Trinette.

I have been working at Open Spaces, both in Teina (Under 2's) and Tuakana (Over 2's) for the past 5 years.  My husband and I live in Glenbervie, we have two grown up children, Matt and Jaime.

My teaching philosophy reflects a nature-based practice in a natural environment.  I believe tamariki should be able to grow and develop at their own pace, while having the nurturing support of kaiako.


Tayla Rickey • Teacher Under 2's • Unregistered

Kia ora, my name is Tayla. 

I am an unregistered teacher who has had a passion and love for children since I can remember.  I was a qualified beauty therapist before becoming a teacher, so I love being able to pamper the children.  I have been at Open Spaces for just over 2 years.  My 1 year old daughter Kyree is with me in the Under 2's room. 

Maria 'Lola' Webb • Kitchen Manager

Hello, my name is Maria, but I'm also known as Lola.  I have a teaching background, born to a family of teachers.  I have an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, majoring in English / History.

I have been working at Open Spaces since 2017.  I started as a reliever and now I am in charge of the kitchen, cooking for the little ones which I love doing.  I have a certificate in Basic Food and Safety.


Contact Us

09 437 5718



592 Ngunguru Road, RD3 Kiripaka
Whangarei, New Zealand