Our People

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Ajah Peterson, Centre Manager

Kia Ora, ko Ajah taku ingoa, he uri ahau no Ngapuhi, I tipu ake ai ki Rotorua. Kei Tamaki ahau e noho ana, a e mahi ana ahau ki Lollipops Browns Bay

My name is Ajah, I am a descendant from Ngapuhi and grew up in Rotorua. I now live in Auckand and work at Lollipops Browns Bay.

What inspired you to work in ECE?

I’ve worked in the sector for close to seven years now. I discovered my passion for ECE whilst raising my own children, now teenagers. Having dreamed aloud many times with my Whanau of the perfect place for children, it was a highlight in my career when the opportunity for me to manage the centre arose. This has led to an intense time of creation, learning and growing and I consider myself very privileged indeed to be a part of the lives of the children here at Lollipops Browns Bay

Joanne Martin, Team Leader Fantails - Preschoolers

Tēnā koutou,

Being a teacher and working alongside children has always been a passion of mine from a young age. This drive led me to pursue my Bachelor of Education. I have a beautiful boy, Kaydn, who gives my partner and I the greatest joy in life. You'll find him running around in the Tui room. I love seeing the unique ways each child learns and the enriching discoveries they make with the guidance of the environment and their teachers. I have such a passion for nature and love showing children how to respect, care for, and enjoy the environment we have around us. I look forward to following you on your learning journey with us in Fantails.

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Rosemary Xue, Team Leader Kiwi Room - Toddlers

Kia Ora,

My name is Rosemary but everyone at Lollipops Browns Bay calls me Rosie. I am originally from mainland China, and when I was 25 years old I came to New Zealand as an international student and settled in Hamilton to study at Waikato University. Now I hold a master’s degree and a Diploma of Early Childhood Education. As a New Zealand registered ECE teacher, I have nine years teaching experience in the field. In my own time, I like to spend it with family and I love to cook. I have a passion for being with children. Children’s smiles are the best reward for me!     

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Abbie Taylor, Team Leader Tui Room - Infants


My name is Abbie. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher with a bachelor’s degree in ECE. I am passionate about working with infants and toddlers, and believe in providing respectful care in a fun, nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment that supports and empowers children’s individuality.