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 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! 

Diana Chan

Centre Manager

"Ni hao whānau of Treetops Botany Junction, my name is Diana Chan.

As I take on this new exciting role and I look forward to meeting you all. I have been working in Early childhood for over 20 years. I started working for Lollipops (now Treetops) botany in 2000 for eleven years before I returned in 2019.

I have experience teaching with all age groups, through the Nest, Tui and Kea rooms. I enjoy going to the beach, shopping, travelling and spending time with my partner and our three daughters. 

 I enjoy building positive relationships with you and having open communication with my team, children, and whānau. I have an open-door policy so please come and say hi, chat or feel free to email me at any time".



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.


Ve'a Magele

Kaitiaki - The Nest

 Kia ora e te whānau,

My name is Ve’a and I come from the beautiful tropics of Samoa. I graduated from AUT in 2015 with my Bachelors in Education and have been in the education sector for 7 years. I have been a part of Treetops Early Learning since 2017 and have loved working here ever since. I have a passion working with children and love seeing the learning that happens through our everyday interactions with the children. I have worked in the Kea room, moved over to the Tui Room and now am the kaitiaki in the Nest room. 

I love our little bubbahs and giving them all cuddles and supporting them through their early stages of life. I hope that you get to experience what it is like to be a kaiako through our lenses as primary caregivers for our youngest Treetops members. It is such an amazing experience to be able to see the little moments of magic that occur throughout our day. I look forward to meeting all new families that choose to join our whānau. 

Me te arohanui 



“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti aroha o tātou mahi” - Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work


Te Kohanga


Ve'a, Raina, Jamillah and Fereni

   Nest 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


Christina, Shaheen and Monica



Bidisa Charkaborty

Kaitiaki 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


Kelly, Bidisa, Sam and Amy

Kea TBJ  IMG 1965