Gae Thawley

Lead Facilitator — Early Years

M: 021 918 204
P: 0800 267 300
Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands

Gae Thawley


Dip ECE – Christchurch College of Education
Certificate of Teaching (Primary)
Diploma of Teaching (Primary) – Hamilton Teachers College

Professional profile

Gae has a strong and proven commitment to early childhood education with over 35 years experience working in a diverse range of settings and roles. These roles include leadership, management, facilitation, working with and alongside aspiring leaders, communities, kaiako, Kāhui Ako, whānau and tamariki.

Gae is a creative and clear communicator with strong social and cultural competencies who flourishes when working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

She is an initiator and innovator who is driven by strong values and the desire to make a positive difference. She brings professionalism, respect, creativity, integrity, energy, and heart to her work.


  • Curriculum design and implementation
  • Growing leadership capabilities through mentoring leaders
  • Designing and delivering effective leadership programmes and designing leadership
  • Designing and facilitating professional learning experiences that generate sustained positive results for kaiako, mokopuna and whānau
  • Cultural competence – exploring and developing ways of engaging with and listening to others to build deeper connections and support culturally sustaining teaching
  • Social justice and inclusive pedagogy
  • Designing and creating peaceful, playful and respectful environments
  • Depth of experience in supporting kaiako and teams with curriculum design, professional growth cycles and internal evaluation

Conferences, presentations, seminars and workshops

2021: Leaping into Leadership webinars
2021: Taking a closer look at cultural competence webinar
2019: uLearn Matika Maranga – a call to action – Te Whāriki
2018: He poutama whakapakari o te hautūtanga. Exploring and growing leadership. Kidsfirst Kindergartens. “Leading with Heart”

Personal statement

Te tāpaepae o te rangi.

This whakatauki speaks of looking to the place where the sky reaches down, seeking out the furthest horizon. This whakatauki guides me in my work, thinking and commitment to ongoing learning. It also speaks to me about the way I work with others in collaborative and inclusive ways to seek out these horizons together.

My ways of being are based on whanaungatanga, creating authentic, sincere relationships, manaakitanga, valuing diversity, and being an advocate for social justice, inclusion, and equity.

I am part of a close-knit, large whānau. I am constantly learning and gaining wisdom from the life experiences that being part of a large family offers.