Our Team

Leadership Team

Reena Pant

Centre Manager

Ki Ora, my name is Reena Pant. I have been in ECE for the past 20 years now. I joined Ako Adventures in January 2022 as Centre Manager.

I am also an early intervention teacher and did my specialist training in 2012 from the University of Canterbury. I am passionate about young children’s learning and development and teachers can do so much to empower tamariki. I believe in play-based learning and relationships, and clear communication is very important to me.

Samara Strugnell

Speech Language Therapist / Director

Samara hails from West Auckland and joins the team as a Speech Language Therapist after 16 years working in Deaf Education. Samara is also Director of Ako Adventures and is planning to be on site 2-3 days per week alongside our Kaiako.

Tony Strugnell

Assistant to the Director

Tony is originally from Porirua. He is in the airforce and will be helping part-time at Ako Adventures with maintenance, IT and office related tasks.