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
“I am passionate about tamariki and look forward to working with them and their whānau every day”

Tenaya Tilly – Kaiako
“At Pipitea my whānau is extended tenfold to include all those who have come before and those I have yet to meet. We live, love and laugh at Pipitea”

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

Jennie Nelson – Kaiako
“One of my favourite things to do with tamariki is share my passion for the outdoors and going on adventures”

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

Steph Whitehouse – Kaiako
“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
“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

Mandy Heyward – Kaiako

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

We are also very fortunate to have regular relievers of Ella, Hannah F, Hannah B, and Karen to help when needed.

On parental leave we have:

Tayla Smith  – Kaiako
“It is important for tamariki to learn at their own pace, get messy, explore their senses and to have fun”

Steph Bradford – Kaiako
“I love working at Pipitea. I enjoy being part of a parent cooperative and this wonderful Pipitea whānau”