Meet the team

Sam Owens – Centre Manager (
“Building trusting relationships with tamariki, whānau, kaiako and the Committee is essential for me, alongside creating a stimulating learning environment that develops the love for lifelong learning”

Fe Mullan – Lead Kaiako (Full certification)
“I am passionate about tamariki and look forward to working with them and their whānau every day”

Shamima Hassan – Kaiako
“It excites me to work alongside and help Pipitea tamariki”

Kamol Suptatangtrakul – Kaiako (Full certification)
“I continue to learn and challenge myself to gain knowledge of quality practices and apply these to my teaching daily”

Steph Whitehouse – Kaiako (Full certification)
“I believe children are creators of their own learning and we are here as guides to support, challenge and extend upon their ideas”

Josh Mann – Kaiako (Provisional certification)
“I am passionate about supporting tamariki to reach their full potential and empowering them to lead their own learning and inspire others through play”

Penny Pickard – Kaiako (Full certification)

“I am passionate about the holistic education for tamariki”

Maddy Heyward – Kaiako (Provisional certification)

“I believe everyday is a new opportunity for learning and growth”

Yuko Takeda – Kaiako (Full certification)

“Enjoy working alongside the like minded kaiako and contributing to the vision of creating a home away from home”

Clare Watson – Kaiako (Full certification)

Philippa Starke – Office Manager
“I enjoy the daily welcoming interactions with tamariki and their whānau and being a part of the Pipitea community”

Mandie Pfister – Nutritional Cook

“Tamariki come first and they need us to believe in them so they can believe in themselves”

We are also very fortunate to have regular relievers to help when needed.