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About Us!

Dr. Des Rainey
PhD (Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio),
MA (Victoria,



Doc. Rainey Ltd.

15A Coronation Rd


Auckland 0627

New Zealand.

Tel:+64 9 4198356
022 6327567



DOC RAINEY LTD is a New Zealand owned company operated by experienced and passionate educators. We have developed an exciting range of products to improve the numeracy skills of young learners around the world.

Doc Rainey Ltd's award in the Great New Zealand Business Venture Competition of 2002 was in the face of entries from 1500 businesses large and small. Judges were unanimous in praise of the Number Stick and Des's innovative 'Number Family' teaching methods.

Who are we?

Dr Des Rainey  PhD (Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio), MA (Victoria), DipTchg (Auckland)

Des started his career as a teacher then with a doctorate in psychology worked in senior educational and clinical psychology positions including 10 years as head of psychology at Auckland Hospital. Des invented the Number Stick (or Flick Stick or Fun-Abacus as previously called) and over several following years developed the Number Family Teaching Methods and the rich fund of games and activities that drive its use in almost all areas of early maths.

Des is also a singer and songwriter. With Juliet Rainey founded the Titirangi Folk Music Club. Presently sings at 'The Bunker' in  Devonport and at '121' in Ponsonby. Has created children's musicals, 'Hoppity' and 'Bad Bad Sir Brian', based on the poems of A A Milne. Works presently on a CD of his own songs. 'I Sang It My Way'. 

Email: des@earlymath.com

Anna Rainey  BCom (Auckland), DipTchg (Massey)

Anna is an experienced New Zealand trained teacher who has worked in all areas of primary education.  Anna has worked in NZ schools and in the Middle East as a classroom teacher. Her last role was as an ICT Advisor working alongside Emirati teachers. Anna has enjoyed using Number Sticks in her teaching and seeing the tremendous progress her students have made using the ‘Number Family’ approach to early numeracy. Now with young family and back into class teaching in New Zealand Anna still has time - with inimitable style - to help with our workshops.

Email: rainey.anna@gmail.com




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