Manu Thakur , Centre Manager
My name is Kamaldeep Kau Pandher. I am from Punjab, India. I came to NZ in 2007. I have two children; my son is 10 years old and goes to Conifer Grove School. My daughter is 3.5 years old and she is in Kakapo Room at Lollipops.
I am in my last year towards a Bachelor of Education with a view of becoming a fully qualified Early Childhood Educator. Previously, I have done Level 5 and 6 at NZTC College.
I enjoy working alongside children, supporting their development, and allowing them to become confident and capable learners. I am always available to support our tamariki on their learning journey.
Hello my name is Joy Xia and I am originally from China. I am the proud mum of two boys.
I have trained and worked in the Early Childhood Education sector for over 6 years and I absolutely love working with and educating our young tamariki.
I have completed my Level 6 certificate in Early Childhood Education in New Zealand.
In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, doing face painting and watching movies.
I love to be apart of the Lollipops whanau and looking forward to a wonderful teaching and learning journey.
Hi all, my name is Rohini Sharma. I am married to my wonderful husband and we have one beautiful daughter named Samaira.
It is my passion to work with children.
As a kindergarten teacher, I always make sure that all the children under my supervision feel safe and secure.
I am a fun, loving, caring and bubbly person.
Malina, Head Teacher - Kakapo Room
I have been working in Early Childhood for 20 years. I am married and have five children: three girls and two boys. My youngest Isaiah is with me at Lollipops Takanini.
I enjoy watching children have fun exploring through play, building relationships with teachers and their friends, and taking part in the centre activities.
I look forward to teaching and caring for your child and watching them learn and grow.
My name is Megan Aitkenhead. I am a qualified and provisionally registered teacher since 2018.
I have been working at Lollipops Takanini in the Kakapo Room since January 2020 and I feel very blessed to be a part of the awesome team here.
I am the mother of a beautiful 5-year-old daughter called Amelia and we live locally.
I believe that children learn best through play and that concepts such as literacy and numeracy can be incorporated through play to prepare children for school.
Hi my name is Priya.
I have been with Lollipops Takanini since 2015 as a reliever and I am now a full time permanent teacher in the Kakapo Young Children’s room.
I have a 10 year old daughter, and my favorite sport is netball which I love to watch and play.
I am from Fiji Islands and I am a Christian. I enjoy going to church and spending time with children.
I have previously done a Diploma in Accounting.
I look forward to meeting you all.
Kia Ora Koutou Katoa! My name is Marcline and I recently just joined Lollipops Takanini and I am one of the teachers in the Under 2’s room. I am originally from the Philippines and migrated to NZ in 2009 with my family. I graduated at Laidlaw College with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). In my 3 years of teaching, I have encountered various learning opportunities that provided me teaching exercises that shaped me to become who I am today. Creative planning and boundless energy are what I consider my strengths in teaching. I believe that creativity is the key to learning. When children learn to explore and discover, they can create and make a difference. Teaching is my passions and being able to work as a teacher is something I consider as a blessing.
Kia Ora, My name is Harneet and I have been in ECE sector since 2004. I am a mum of 2. I have a daughter who will be 12 in November this year and my son is 6. I am basically from India.
I believe in simple living and high thinking. I have a strong passion to work with young children as I strongly believe in making trustworthy relationships with tamariki and their whanau so that together we can work to take their interests and dispositions to the next level.
Looking forward with a positive and ‘can do’ attitude towards the children and their family as well as my colleagues.