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Nō Koterana me Cornwall ōku tīpuna nō reira
Ko McLennan tōku iwi
Ko Logan tōku hapū
Ko Ben Nevis te waka
Engari i tipu ake ahau ki te Whanganui-a-Tara nā reira
Ko Orongorongo te maunga
Ko Kairangi te awa
Ko Ray Whiteman rāua ko Loyal Gibson ōku matua
Ko Florence Olds rāua ko June Gibson ōku whaea
Ko David Hanna tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Luke rātou ko Fran, ko Kiri, ko Hana āku tamariki
He Pākehā ahau
Nā Te Tiriti o Waitangi ahau i whai tūrangawaewae ki Aotearoa.
Ko Bronwen Olds tōku ingoa
Whaia e koe te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me maunga teitei

My ancestors descend from Scotland and Cornwall thus
McLennan is my clan
Logan is my sub clan
Ben Nevis is my ship
However I grew up in Wellington thus
The Orongorongo ranges are my mountains
The Hutt River is my river
Ray Whiteman and Loyal Gibson are my fathers
Florence Olds and June Gibson are my mothers
David Hana is my partner
Luke, Fran, Kiri and Hana are my children
I am Pākehā
It is by Te Tiriti o Waitangi that I stand in Aotearoa and call it my home
My name is Bronwen Olds
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

I am the parent of 4 children. My vocation is creating just and respectful relationships between children, parents, educators, and between Māori and Tauiwi/Pakeha. Playcentre was the foundation for my children’s early childhood education and a platform for my development as a parent and educator. I have worked for over 30 years supporting children and young people’s development in community, educational and government organisations. This has included lecturing at Victoria University in Early Childhood Education for 13 years and designing and delivering tailored Professional Development for people working in the Early Childhood sector and community organisations.

My practical experience is supported by my qualifications. I have a Masters of Social Science First class Hons (Waikato), and the NZ Playcentre Federation Certificate. I am a life member of the Hutt Playcentre Association and an accredited leader of Incredible Years (a research based 14 week parenting course). I am the President of the Wellington Branch of OMEP (an international early childhood association).

I live in Petone (Aotearoa / New Zealand). I have worked nationally though I primarily work in the greater Wellington region.


I believe that combining an experiential approach with a sound understanding of research provides the ideal learning platform. My approach is shaped by the following whakatauki / proverb

Hūtia te rito te Harakeke e. Kei hea kē te komako e kō? Kī mai ki ahau he aha te mea? Nui o te ao māku e kī atu. He Tangata, he Tangata, he Tangata.

If you cut the centre (te rito) out of the flax bush (harakeke), there will be nowhere for the bellbird to sing. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, people, people.

This proverb likens the harakeke to the whānau/family. Te rito represents the child. The leaves surrounding te rito symbolise the parents and the outside leaves symbolise the tīpuna/grandparents and the community that surrounds the child. We, whanau, ECC and the community need to work together to raise our tamariki to their best potential. If we cut te rito out, the plant will die and there will be now flowers full of nectar for the bellbird to feed from and sing from. At a metaphorical level if we don’t get it right with our tamariki what hope is there for our future?

As a citizen of Aotearoa, my life and work is intimately part of the context of this land / place. My passion is creating and supporting just respectful relationships in partnership with children, parents/whānau, educators, Tangatwhenua and Tauiwi/Pākehā. I believe these partnerships are essential for us to grow our tamariki to their best potential. Learning and education are transformative and in the process of transformation both the individual and the world are transformed. My philosophy of Professional Development is based the principle of ako: that learning is reciprocal and the person: child, parent, teacher can at any time be either the teacher or the learner. All my courses offer new learning which connects with, seeks to extend, the participants’ current knowledge and practices. For more information about specific courses click here

Kia pūawai koe ki te ao, ka kitea ō painga
So you shall blossom into the world, and the world in turn is transformed.


I have been designing and running courses for over 15 years and people have responded positively to the style and content. Here is a range of feedback from participants on the different courses I offer...


The Treaty Part 1: Living Te Tiriti in your Early Childhood Centre - Part 1

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The Treaty Part 2: Living Te Tiriti in your Early Childhood Centre - Part 2

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The Treaty Part 3: Embodying Te Tiriti in your Early Childhood Centre - Part 3

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Creating Respect – Babies: Creating a culture of respect for babies in your Early Childhood Centre. Part 1

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Creating Respect – Toddlers: Creating a culture of respect for toddlers and our older tamariki in our Early Childhood Centre. Part 2

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Social Competence: Whakawhanaungatanga: enhancing social competence using storytelling and persona dolls.

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Effective Teams: Building effective early childhood teams

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Schemas: Getting started with schemas

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Baby’s Place parenting course

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Toddler’s Place Parenting course

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