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 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! 

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 aged 6 and 3 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 really enjoy the educational environment and the staff at our new centre in Pukekohe. My mum, Alison, is one of the directors of Treetops and I am proud to be working in a family business with strong values.

Kate Livingstone

Kaitiaki The Nest

Kate is on maternity leave at the moment 

Jo Buisson

Kaitiaki kea

Jyotika Narayan

Kaitiaki Morepork

Lorna Hernandez

Kaitiaki Tui

Hola a todos! My name is Lorna Hernandez and I would like to introduce myself as one of the Treetops kaitiaki here in Pukekohe! 

A little about me: 

I began my journey in the Early childhood sector ten years ago as a reliever and I have absolutely loved it ever since! I have recently completed my Bachelor of Teaching in ECE. I was born and raised in the beautiful Aotearoa, however, my family originates from Colombia in South America. I have four young tamariki of my own - Josiah (2), Mateo (3), Noah (4) and Sofia (8). I know how important it is to create an environment where children are respected, nurtured with love and kindness and empowered. I am really excited about having my two youngest sons become part of our Treetops whanau as it is truly an amazing centre where respect and love for our tamariki are at the centre of all that we do. 

My own teaching practice is strongly influenced by the Pikler and Reggio Emilia approaches. I feel that children learn through play and it is through play that children have the ability to become artists, mathematicians, musicians, engineers, leaders and explorers. I strongly feel it is important to provide an environment where children have the opportunity to explore through all their senses and where the environment is their third teacher. 

I love seeing the uniqueness of every child and engaging in positive partnerships with whānau as I believe that whānau are children's first teachers. I consider myself to be a heart-led teacher and feel it is so important to nurture and support our tamariki to reach their fullest potential. I really look forward to meeting you and your beautiful tamariki and supporting their learning journey within our Treetops whānau.