Our People

Manu Thakur, Centre Manager
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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.

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Rohini, Teacher, Tui/Fantail room

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.

Megan, Qualified Teacher, Tui/Fantail room

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.

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Priya, Teacher, Kakapo room

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.

Susmitha, Qualified Teacher, Kiwi room
Irene, Registered Teacher - Team Leader - Kiwi room
Linda, Qualified Teacher - Tui / Fantail room
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Kya Davys, Teacher
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Srishti Sharma, Teacher, Kakapo room
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Esera Gese, Qualified Teacher, Kakapo room
Jasmine, Administrator
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Joy, Reliever
Lisa, Cook