Our People

Christina Ahokava , Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

My love for children and catering for their well being


How long have you been working in this sector?
Since 2011
What do you love most about what you do?

I love making connections with children, parents, colleagues that can never be replaced
I love giving the skills and tools that children need to become life long learners

What are three things that make Lollipops Takanini special?

We all care and love what we do
Happy and fun
Children and heard and valued

What is your favourite time of the year?
Growing up in the UK, Christmas is a very special time and so that is my favourite time



Clare Prinsloo (on maternity leave), Assistant Centre Manager / Team Leader Infant Rooms (0 – 2 yrs)

Kia Ora, my name is Clare Prinsloo and I am the Assistant Centre Manager and Team Leader of the Tui / Fantail rooms

I have been in Early Childhood for the last 11 years and have been a fully qualified teacher since 2008.

My passion is working with Infant and Toddlers. I believe this age group is incredibly special as so much learning and development happens that is unparalleled at any other time during a child’s life.  I feel privileged to be part of their lives and watch them grow and develop into capable competent people.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Rose Naidu , Team Leader Kiwi Toddlers (2 – 3.5yrs)

Hi my name is Roshila Naidu also known as Rose Rao. I am originally from Fiji. I am married and have 2 beautiful children.

I am currently the Team Leader of the Kiwi Toddlers room.

I have been in the ECE sector for over 10 years.  My loves in life are my church, my family and working with children.

I have a passion for children and have a caring heart, I would go the extra mile to ensure that every child in my care has their needs met.

I love to have team work.  I am excited to be part of the Lollipops Takanini team and open to learn more to improve my teaching career to benefit the children around me.

As a saying goes “Every child, every person, adds unique value to our world”