Our People

Leslyn Graham , Centre Manager

Kia ora! It is wonderful to be back here working at Lollipops Pegasus, 6 years is a long time to have be gone and it is amazing to me how it is different whilst also being strangely (and comfortingly ) familiar.

I am looking forward to supporting kaimahi, tamariki and whānau within the centre and am very excited to be part of such a dedicated team who believe deeply in their vision of tamariki as confident, resilient, creative and capable learners. Those values resonate strongly with my own personal teaching philosophy as does the centre’s strong emphasise of tamariki learning how to be healthy and environmental sustainability. Life is about the journey, the experience, and the learning and friends along the way, not the final destination and I consider myself very privileged to be on this waka with this team, on this journey of discovery.


Noho ora mai


Tash, Team Leader

I've been working in ECE for the past seven years with most of my experience being with infants and toddlers. I gained my provisional registration early 2018 and have been working with 2 - 5 year olds since.

I am passionate about our environment and sustainable practices. I believe children should be at the heart of all that we do and in partnership with Whanau as teaching professionals we are able to achieve this. 

Jill Waterman, Teacher in Training – Nursery

I have a very strong belief that all children should grow up loved, protected, happy and reach their potential.  I started my studies last year so I could be a part of making this happen.


I am studying my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. My family and I have just moved from the West Coast in January.  We now live at Leithfield Beach. I am loving the East Coast!

The beach is my happy place.  I love fishing, plants, biking and creating and building anything around my home and garden. There are quite a few creations that come off the beach between me and my nieces! My family and I spend a lot of time at motocross for my son, camping and helping the younger riders.

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Letitia Wilson, ECE Teacher

Kia Ora Whanau,

I'm Letitia Wilson and I have been teaching all ages of children in ECE since 2000. I am privileged to be able to play a small part in the learning journey of your children, and thank you for the trust you place in me.

I am married and have 4 daughters, a sassy, beautiful granddaughter, and a wonderful grandson. I grew up and reside in Rangiora and totally love being a part of this learning centre.

Jess, Centre Chef

Hi I’m Jess.

I am a Mum of 3 and passionate about making healthy meals for kids to enjoy.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and living a fit and healthy lifestyle. I love my role here at Lollipops and enjoy providing children with yummy, healthy meals daily.

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Audrey Stone,

Kia ora, my name is Audrey and I have been working in early childhood for over 13 years. As a teacher I am passionate about forming strong reciprocal relationships supporting outcomes of children and am also very about teaching sustainability, encouraging tamariki to engage in messy-play, explore, make discoveries and take safe risks.

I am married to Darren and have three older teenagers. In my home life I love farming, camping at the beach, travelling, long walks, reading, movies and gardening.