Maree & Alison

Centre Owners

Our owners Maree and Alison both taught and held management positions in local primary schools for many years before opening and operating our centres. High quality care and education has always been their top priority. Several of their children now work in the management and administration of our centres. They have owned our centres for over fifteen years now and began operating under the Lollipops Educare franchise until 2018. 

 

Natasha Rawiri

Director

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Treetops Whanau for over sixteen years, having worked across our centres. I work closely with our kaiako and tamariki and enjoy spending time seeing tamariki grow from strength to strength. 

My teaching practice is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, RIE and a number of inspirational professionals throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

I live on the beautiful Pohutukawa Coast in Beachlands with my husband David and our four children - Alyssa, Grayson, Jayden and Carleigh along with our many pets who share our home. 

As a Mum of four I fully appreciate the many pressures placed on families. Come and visit us to see how we can become part of your extended family! 

Lisa Yandall

Centre Manager

Talofa lava, Annyeonghaseyo, Kia ora.

My name is Lisa and you will find me in office at Treetops Botany Junction. I have been a part of the Treetops familia/whānau since 2014 and have experience working with children of all ages, ranging from early infant years right through to primary.

In my family, there is my husband and our four beautiful children, whom have all attended and are still attending Treetops. My eldest child who had attended Treetops right from her early years, was the main reason I chose to switch from Primary to Early Childhood, as the feeling of overwhelming love and care within Treetops environment as a whole that she was surrounded by, resonated within. 

As family, love and nurture plays a big part in my life, being able to have this both personally and professionally is something I aspire to have. With these attributes being my motivation as a leader, creating homely environments where family, love and nurturing are the pillars to our foundation, is something I thrive to sustain and maintain.

 

‘O le tagata ma lona oiga, o le tagata ma lona fa’asinomaga.’

- Every person belongs to an aiga (family) and every aiga belongs to a person -

Michelle Corby

Centre Administrator

I have been with Treetops ELC as an administrator since 2016. I am married to Tony and we have three gorgeous daughters. 

Nothing makes me happier than hearing a child laugh and witnessing contentment in both parents and children coming and going from our Centre. I am privileged to be a part of the Treetops Whānau.

 

Kimberley Bothma

Team Leader - The Nest

Kim is currently on Maternity Leave! We look forward to seeing her and baby Ender back soon :) 

Te Kohanga

Team

Kim, Shaheen,Raina and Roberta

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Hinemoa Hall

Team Leader - Tui

Kia Ora, Ko Hinemoa Reremoana Hall toku ingoa. Ko Lance toku papa. Ko Elizabeth toku mama. Ko Ngati Whatua toku hapu. Ko Nga Puhi te whanau. Ko Tutamoe te maunga. Ko Kaihu River te awa. Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa.

I'm Hine and you will find me in Ruma Tui. I have been working at Treetops Early Learning for 6 almost 7 years now, starting at the tender age of 19. I have worked within all three rooms here and have experience with all age groups. Being an early childhood teacher has been one of the most passionate happenings in my life. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be able to care for and nurture the children within our whanau orientated centre. I am a very big believer on the importance of building relationships, as well as the impact that these foundations have on the lives of the tamariki within our care. I hope to continue supporting and celebrating everything our children are and everything that they will become.

"Poipoia te kakano kia puawai - When we nurture our seeds they blossom" - Maori Proverb.

Nga Tui

Team

Hine, Ve'a and Christina

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Bidisa Charkaborty

Team Leader - Kea

Namaskar and Kia ora

I am Bidisa, Kea room's head teacher at Treetops Early Learning Centre. I have been working as an early childhood teacher since 2004 and I have been a head teacher in the preschool room at this Centre for 10 years. Before coming to New Zealand I was a high school teacher back in India. 

I came to New Zealand with my husband and two young children in 2003. At present I live in Papakura.

I enjoy reading books, listening to music, watching movies and cooking. Since my childhood I have had a passion to be a teacher and I am happily pursuing my dream job during the last 20 years! Becoming an early childhood teacher is one of most significant 'happenings' in my life and career as I became the facilitator of the future scientists, artists,innovators, scholars, dancers, singers, doctors or engineers or environmentalists. I work alongside the future generation who will contribute to make this world more happy, livable and friendly. I love discovering these potential personalities of the future and I hope that I make little contribution to make it happen here at Treetops Early Learning Centre.

Nga Kea

Team

Bidisa, Kelly, Sam and Fereni

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