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


I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Treetops Whānau for over sixtten 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! 

Cathy Young

Centre Manager

My name is Cathy and I have been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 20 years now and my passion for working with children is still as strong as the day I started.

Originally from England, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2002 with my husband and two children. In 2016 I was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter Mila who attends the centre and she is absolutely thriving! I am loving watching her grow and sharing special moments with her here at Treetops.

My own teaching pedagogy has been influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and play-based learning.  I believe that children deserve the best quality care in a space that invites curiosity, creativity and self-expression and where children are empowered to lead their own learning. Trusting, responsive relationships are at the heart of learning and it is important to me to create environments where each child feels loved and respected and feels like they are in a home away from home.

Amy Pitcher



I'm Amy and have worked for Treetops for 4 years. I have two busy boys under 5 who keep me on my toes! I love working at Treetops as it is such a warm and happy environment - so much so I commute from Hamilton to work. I can't wait to open our new centre in Pukekohe.