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 five children - Alyssa, Grayson, Jayden, Carleigh and Kyrie along with our many pets who share our home. 

As a Mum of five 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

Kia Ora! 안녕하세요!

I’m Lisa and you will find me at Treetops Botany Junction where you’ll find all our amazing, dedicated teachers.

I have been teaching for over 15 years and I have been lucky enough to have worked with children of all ages - as young as a few weeks old to children at primary school. 

Being a mum of four children, who have all attended and grown up at Treetops, I appreciate and can vouch for the fun, loving care we offer, in the home-away-from-home environment.

As family, love and nurture plays a big part in my life, I’m grateful to be able to have this both personally and professionally. 

We would love you to pop in and say hi, so we can show you all the wonderful things we do here at Treetops. 

 

“O le tagata ma lona aiga, 

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

I have been a part of Treetops since 2009.  I have a Bachelor of Education degree and am a fully qualified and registered teacher. I have one child of my own, as well as having experience in each room here at Treetops, and in the Tui Room at Treetops Botany. I have been teaching for 11 years and enjoy working with all age groups. 

 

Te Kohanga

Team

Kim, Sam,Raina and Wendy

 Nest TBJ v2

Christina Lilomaiava

Kaitiaki Tui

Talofa and kia ora,

My name is Christina and I have been a part of our Treetops whanau since 2015 working alongside many beautiful, passionate, and nurturing teachers. 

I am very passionate about working with children which is also the reason why I pursued a graduate diploma degree after completing my bachelor's. I am extremely privileged that I have a part in supporting our Tamariki as they grow to learn and discover their own interests, abilities, and skills. Most importantly knowing that they are happy, content and are inspired to be themselves and explore.

"In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child"

-L. Frank Baum-

Nga Tui

Team

Ve'a, Christina, Shaheen and Monica

Tui TBJ

 

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 have happily been pursuing my dream job for the last 20 years! Becoming an early childhood teacher is one of the most significant 'happenings' in my life and career as I became the facilitator of the future scientists, artists, innovators, scholars, dancers, singers, doctors, 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 a little contribution to make it a reality here at Treetops Early Learning Centre.

Nga Kea

Team

Kelly, Bidisa, Fereni and Amy

Kea TBJ