Our team

Rev Pauline Stewart

In ministry in New Zealand for over twenty years, prior to that, Pauline and her husband Stan were consultants in worship, Christian Education and community development for the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist churches in Australia and USA.
Pauline has been Minister and CEO of St Heliers Church and Community Centre for 13 years.

Email: paulines@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Rev Stanley Stewart

Stan has been in ministry for over fifty years and is employed part-time in our parish. For years Stan and Pauline have worked to encourage churches to establish and grow as all-age communities. He is interested in music, drama, festivals and exhibitions. Stan is married to Pauline our minister and they have worked together in ministry for thirty-four years.

Email: stewart.stan@gmail.com

Vivian Wu

Vivian started working for the Church and Community Centre in 2005. She started as PA to Rev Pauline Stewart for 3 years then became the Accounting person for the Centre, a position she still currently holds.  Vivian is originally from Taiwan and has been living in NZ for over 23 years. She had a degree in International Trading and obtained a diploma in Accounting at AUT.

Email: vivianw@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Lily Manukyan

Lilit is the Personal Assistant to both the Minister and the General Manager.  She moved to New Zealand from Armenia in 2014.  She has a background in Teaching and Management, specialising in Languages and Business Administration.  Before coming to St Heliers she was a Lecturer at The University of Psychology and Legal Expertise for 5 years in Armenia.
She has 2 Master’s Degrees in Management and Education and a Postgraduate in Business Administration.  She was Member of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office in Armenia.  Lilit is married and has 2 children.

Email: lilitm@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Mary Nissen

Mary is responsible for the Community Centre bookings and event management. She has been involved in the healthcare industry working in sales & marketing and more recently as a part-time practitioner working from her home-based office.
Mary has 2 university degrees in science and healthcare areas and works part-time at the community centre.
Mary is married to Jon. They have a very spoilt dog called Lucy.
She also is a mature artist.

Email: centre@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Ming Xie

Ming is our Ministries intern from Taiwan.

A man who believes “Kids always teach us something important to our life”.
Now helping with the children and youth ministry at St Heliers Church.

Learning how to be a kid again.

Email: mingx@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Deanna Cao

Deanna started working for the Church and Community Centre 2014. She was a high school teacher for more than 15 years. She started as a volunteer in the Kid’s program in 2014 and has been teaching Mandarin since 2015. Deanna is originally from China. She is married and has a daughter. She loves kids and likes to share her life with kids.

Email: caoyidie@gmail.com

Jacqueline Quick

Jacqueline Quick
Jacqui is from the UK where she worked in Grant Making. In 2006 she moved to New Zealand where she has worked in dispute resolution.
Before coming to St Heliers she spent 10 years as a Mediator at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Jacqui has a son Isaac who is at primary school.
She has a BA (Hons) in Social Studies and had completed LEADR Mediator Training with the Resolution Institute

Email: jacquelineq@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Vee Samuel

Born in Wales, of Hungarian/English Heritage, Vee came to New Zealand with her Samoan/English Husband Martin in 1991. Having travelled extensively, she worked in the backpacker industry before her first child Jake was born. When he started at Small Miracles in 1998, the future connection with the Centre was born with all 8 cousins attending over the next 10 years. When her daughter, Tyla was nearing the end of her time there, Vee started working at the “Fun for Fours Programme”. After a few years, she moved into the After School Care department before taking on the Management of Glendowie Community Centre, Co ordinator of Oscars and now Holiday Programmes.

Email: vees@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Julie De Jong

Julie has a background in Secretarial Administration and Graphic Design in the Insurance and Publishing industries.
Before coming to St Heliers Centre she was doing Market Research for Informed Sources while raising her two 2 children. Prior to this Julie was a Project Administrator at the NZ Herald and PA at AA Insurance.
Julie is currently working on a Diploma of Business Studies in Accounting and Management.

Email: julied@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Ingrid de Villiers


Ingrid is the Head Teacher at Small Miracles. She has been living in New Zealand since 1998. She is married to Toerien and has a daughter, Charlotte.
She graduated with a BA Ed in South Africa where she taught Geography, History and English at Secondary School level.
In New Zealand, she taught English at an English Language School. She also worked as an unqualified pre-school teacher where she decided that this was the career path she wanted to pursue.  Ingrid completed a Degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Auckland. She has Full Registration.

Ingrid has been teaching at Small Miracles since 2005. She is passionate about Early Childhood Education and her role at Small Miracles.

“I believe in providing a nurturing environment where each child is encouraged to develop to their fullest potential so that they will thrive and become confident, competent learners and know that they are valued.”

Email: smallmiracles@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Dee Shuter


Dee has been working at Small Miracles since 2012.  She has been working in the early childhood sector for over 20 years. She is married to Adam and has two children; Helena who is studying at university and Fletcher who attends Glendowie College.

Dee has a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and believes that the early years are extremely fundamental to the development of our Tamariki. Dee feels that it is both such a pleasure and a privilege to be part of their early learning journey. Dee has Full Registration.

My own personal and professional philosophy outlines the importance of providing opportunities for our Tamariki to be explorers, encouraging independence and extending their curiosity of the world around them but also to provide a curriculum that is able to balance the serious nature of teaching with joy and humour. I also acknowledge the importance of fostering responsive and reciprocal relationships with both the Tamariki and our wonderful whanau”

Email: smallmiracles@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Julie Gianni

Julie is an Early Childhood Educator with many years of experience as both a Teacher and Head Teacher. She has an Early Childhood Diploma and has Full Registration. She has two married children and has recently become a Grandmother.

I love and have a passion for teaching pre-schoolers. I will, with our team, provide a stimulating and fun environment. I value each child’s strengths, interests and abilities and will extend their learning”

Email: smallmiracles@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Megan Stewart


Megan has been working at Small Miracles since September 2016 and in Early Childhood services for 7 years. She has two teenage children, Tom and Grace.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology, and in 2013 completed a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology majoring in Human Nutrition. Since her children started school, she has worked as a Teacher Aid at St Luke’s Kindergarten and is now working as a Teacher at Small Miracles Preschool.

“I love children’s sense of fun and curiosity, and I believe harnessing those attributes at a young age helps to grow great learners. I have a special interest in science and I enjoy doing science experiments with children to help encourage that sense of wonder in their environment and the world around them.”

Email: smallmiracles@sthelierscentre.org.nz

Martha Isabel Vasquez Machado

Martha began working at Small Miracles in June 2016 helping a student who has special needs. She then progressed into a role as an unqualified teacher in October 2016. Since 2015 Martha has also been working in the Oscar program before and after school as well as the School Holiday Program for the St Heliers Community Centre.

She is from Colombia and has been living in NZ since 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Before coming to New Zealand Martha worked in the banking sector for 4 years. Martha believes she has found her true passion in life and absolutely loves working with preschool children.

“I am extremely passionate about children’s learning and development. My job is to help children reach their full potential and encourage them to feel confident and positive about themselves. This always brings a huge smile to my face”

Email: smallmiracles@sthelierscentre.org.nz

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