Our People

Centre Manager

Stacey Centre Manager
Stacey King, Centre Manager

Kia ora my name is Stacey King and I have been teaching in ECE since 2007.  Prior to that I have many years experience in nannying, both in New Zealand and in London.  Prior to moving to Lollipops Aubrey St I was a Head Teacher for 7 years.

I believe that relationships are the key to everything we do in Early Childhood – nothing else can happen without the foundation of a strong working relationship with both the child and their whānau.  Please feel free to pop into my office (or find me in any of the rooms) with any questions, or even just for a chat!!

In my spare time I love to hang out with my partner and our son.  I also enjoying getting stuck into our garden and on cold winter days sitting in front of the fire with a good book.


Office & Support Staff

Karen Admin
Karen Fleming, Centre Administrator

Hi my name is Karen

I joined the team as the centre administrator in October 2023. A people person who loves to help and make sure the behind the scenes runs smoothly for parents and teachers.

In my spare time I enjoy DIY with a  love of gardening and walks. Look forward to meeting you

Christine Brewster, Centre Cook

Infant Room / Kopa Rito

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Janelle Oakes-Butler, Head Teacher

Kia Ora, I’m Janelle, I come to Lollipops with over 17 years of teaching experience. I will ensure you have an amazing time here in Kopa Rito, learning and developing through play!

I have two sons, Arli and Kupa, who both go to Ōmata Primary. My husband Wade (Ngāti Rahiri, Ngāti Mutunga), the boys and I live on a small lifestyle block in Ōmata, where we love being outside amongst our animals, land and mother nature’s gifts. We are guiding our boys to respect and be kaitiakitanga of the outdoor environment of their ancestors.

My personal and professional philosophies derive from my amazing journey in my life, my upbringing, my own whānau, and my rewarding career.  I love to live and work in an environment where every person is treated as equal, where each and every person has opportunities to be the best they can personally be.  To respect others and in turn be respected back. 

I want all tamariki to have an opportunity to play and learn in an environment that is meaningful and purposeful but also encouraging and supporting spontaneous fun and most of all be respected.   

Life can be very short so take all that you have been given and give back all that you can, and embrace every moment.


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Alene Parkes, Teacher

Kia ora

Ko Alene toku ingoa.

I moved to Lollipops Kopa Rito – Infants room in July 2023 and brought with me a wealth of knowledge and experience not only from my long history of being an early childhood kaiako but also from previous life experiences such as living in a foreign country within a completely different culture and being a Mother to three tamariki.

I ensure tamariki here in Kopa Rito – Infants room are cared for, grow, and develop in a warm and homely environment where they are acknowledged for theirs and their whānau individuality.

I look forward to meeting you and your pēpi.

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Lisa Moroney, Teacher

Kia ora

My name is Lisa. I joined the wonderful team in Kopa Rito in 2023.

I qualified with my bachelor of teaching early last year but have over 10 years of teaching experience here and in the UK. I moved here from the UK 14 years ago and have enjoyed Aotearoa ever since. New Plymouth has been my home for 7 years now. I could not think of a better place to raise a whānau. I am married and we have a daughter Posie 2, I am also pregnant, due June 2024.

I am passionate about providing whānau and tamariki with a safe environment that is filled with a sense of belonging. I enjoy looking at development from a holistic approach by getting to know you and your whānau better, so I can provide the best possible learning outscomes for your child.

I look forward to walking along this journey with you to help shape our next genration.



Junior Room / Kopa Tupu

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Brian Rawlins, Head Teacher – Kopa Tupu

Kia ora, I’m Brian. My wife and I along with our two daughters immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2020. I have been teaching for the past 12 years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy challenging children and helping them develop holistically.  

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Dawn Briggs, Teacher
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Kat Bosson, Teacher

Hi my name is Kat! I have been at Lollipops Aubrey Street for over 15 years. I am a very passionate teacher who enjoys a day filled with fun and laughter. I love to ensure that children are happy, settled and always treated with respect and honesty. This is also very important in our relationships with our whānau. 

I love to run in our fabulous park and enjoy working out at our local gym. I look forward to our continued relationship and working alongside you and your children. 

Preschool Room / Kopa Korari

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Zoe Parker, Head Teacher – Kopa Kōrari

Kia ora my name is Zoe Parker, I am the Head Teacher in the Preschool room here at Lollipops Aubrey Street. I have been teaching in the Preschool room for over 4 years. I have a warm, caring and welcoming nature and ensure tamariki and their whānau are happy and feel like they have place here at Lollipops Aubrey Street. 

I believe in building strong relationships through good communication with tamariki, whanau and the wider community. I am inclusive of all cultures, and value and celebrate who they are within the centre environment. I look forward to meeting you soon.  

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Sharon Radford, Teacher

Kia Ora. My name is Sharon. I am married and have 3 children and a grandson. We live on a lifestyle farm with 10 acres and I love being part of a small rural community.

I’m a fully registered teacher who has gained her Batchelor in Teaching and Learning (ECE). I have been in ECE for over 20 years as a teacher. I started working at Lollipops in 2022 as a reliever then gained a permanent position in 2023. 

I have a real passion for providing our tamariki with positive, fun, and safe learning environments where they can blossom, develop and grow to their full potential.  I love seeing the smiles on our tamariki and seeing them sharing quality moments together.  It’s seeing our tamariki achieve and feel proud of these achievements that makes my time as a teacher so rewarding.  I’m looking forward to continuing to develop trusting relationships with our whānau and being part of all the learning journeys of our tamariki.

Yvonne Wilson
Yvonne Wilson , Teacher


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Trish Maindonald, Teacher – All Rooms

Hi my name is Trish

Richard is my wonderful partner and I have 2 adults sons. In 2021 I was blessed with a granddaughter. I have been a Marriage Celebrant for 25 years. In my down time I enjoy walking, art and craft, dancing, eating lovely food and catching up with family and friends.

I joined the Lollipops team as a reliever in 2017 and enjoy every minute! I have 22 years experience in Early Childhood, having been a programe manager of Out of School care and Holiday Club. Also a Health and Safety ECE Representative.

I am excited about meeting and getting to know the children and their whānau.

Warmest greetings


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Ceri Hutchinson, Teacher – All Rooms

Hi, I’m Ceri,

I’m a wife, mother of 4 with 2 grandsons. I live in Whangamomona where we farm and run BnB’s.

I’ve been working at Lollipops for a couple of years and are absolutely loving it! The connections made with tamarki are so precious, I enjoy all aspects of their learning. I love to do arts and crafts and enjoy the fun we have with paint!

I look forward to working with and alongside you and your tamariki.


Ellie Realiver Infants
Ellie, Teacher - All Rooms

Hi, I’m Ellie,


I am currently in my second year of my batchelor of teaching ECE through the New Zeland Tertiary Collage. I came to Lollipops in 2023 for my student placement and have been relieving ever since while still studying.

I have three beautiful children, Marlowe (7years), Lilly-Rose (5years), Ollie who is almost 2 who attends Kopa Rito and a wonderful husband Jarrod.

I am orginally from Taranaki but have lived in other parts of New Zealand but Taranaki is and will always be home.

I look forward in meeting you and your tamariki as we explore Lollipops Aubrey Street and all the learning that is to be had.

Olivia Reliver Preschool
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Karissa Wilson, Teacher - All Rooms