Our People

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 Oteha Valley.

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

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 Oteha Valley.

What do you most love about your centre?

Personally, I value relationships and manaakitangi, caring for and respecting one another.  As far as the centre itself goes, I love our bicultural focus and the fact that we are a small, homely centre with a lovely natural outdoor environment for the children to enjoy.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?

I love Christmas! We as a team get very excited about how to celebrate the festive season. It’s a good excuse to do something out of the ordinary. We love going all out!

What do you do with yourself when you are not working?

I love spending time with my Whanau, relaxing, cooking and travelling.

Bachelor of Education (ECE), fully registered, first aid trained