About Us

Our Team

  • Neelika

    Kia Ora.  My name is Neelika, I am the supervisor and am very proud to be part of the team at AppleSeed. I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in New Zealand and hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Education in Sri Lanka. I am a fully registered teacher and have been teaching in the early childhood sector in New Zealand since 2007.

    I am a mother of one son who is doing his higher education. I live in Remuera, Auckland with my husband and my son. Collecting elephants’ ornaments is one of my interests; wherever I go I look for some ‘elephants’ to increase my collection. I enjoy decorating cakes and playing with our dog ‘Marley’ in my spare time. I also find some time to do meditating.

    I have developed a strong passion for teaching young children, and have experience working with all age groups. I strongly believe that children are confident and competent learners, each child is unique and special, and they grow up and develop at their own pace.

  • Annika

    Kia Ora. My name is Annika and I am originally from Tauranga. I moved to Auckland when I graduated from the University of Waikato to find the perfect teaching position. I’m a fully registered teacher and love the diversity Auckland has to offer.

    I have a passion for travel and enjoy taking a trip somewhere warm each year as well as trips back to Tauranga to spend time with family and friends.

    I have always had a passion for teaching since I was at school and loved caring for children of family friends. I enjoy working in our centre as we have smaller numbers of children and families which means we can work together more effectively to help grow confident and competent learners. I have a particular passion for working with children under two.

  • Jinah

    Kia Ora

    My name is Jinah and I am originally from South Korea. I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Major in Education) at University of Auckland, and studied Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at New Zealand Tertiary College. I am a provisionally registered teacher.

    I am an open-minded person who loves travelling, trying new things, and meeting new people from all over the world. One of the most exciting things in my life is getting to know people from various cultural backgrounds.

    I have a passion for supporting and helping children to grow and learn for their future. What I value the most in teaching and learning as an early childhood teacher, are the relationships that develop. I believe that relationships are fundamental to a child’s life.

    I am so excited and proud of myself being a member of the AppleSeed family and working alongside the people here (teachers, children, family and whanau).

  • Raniza

    Asalamu Alaiykum everyone. My name is Raniza and I am one of the teachers at Appleseed Educare.

    I am originally from Fiji and have been living here in New Zealand for over 10 years now. I live with my parents, younger sister and her husband. My hobbies are watching series/drama shows, singing and dancing, having long walks on the beach.

    I graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) in April, 2016. This is my first job as an Early Childhood Teacher and I am very excited to join AppleSeed and work alongside amazing teachers, children, family and whanau.

    My passion is to teach children in an educational environment where they have a sense of belonging and can enjoy themselves with the knowledge that they are safe. Children need the assurance of being loved and cared for while they are building trust with teachers. My aim is to build trusting relationships with them.

    I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I believe I can help children to develop their potential by encouraging and supporting them as well as believing in them as capable individuals

  • Mike & Monique Hollows

    Kia Ora. Mike and Monique Hollows are the proud owners of AppleSeed Educare, Early Learning Centre and you’ll see us regularly at the Centre. Mike comes from a financial markets background, specializing in Treasury but these days is multitasking as the CEO & maintenance man at AppleSeed and Monique is from an administration and sports education background and is the centre manager.

    Born and raised in Auckland we live locally and have been married for 28 years. We have two children, Grace 25, Lewis 23, a dog – Cookie Monster and two cats, Mango and Pretty.

    Mike is a keen fisherman, loves most sports and has a passion for live music, Monique loves all sports and has coached school netball at all age group levels for many years.

    We are very proud of the AppleSeed Team, we are passionate about our community and are excited to watch your children grow and learn in our nurturing, happy environment.

  • Diane

    Hello everyone, my name is Diane (Di) and I am the centre’s in house cook. Early in my career I spent over 12 years in the kitchen professionally so I am very experienced and passionate about all aspects about food and nutrition. My creativity then lead me into the world of interior design where I spent eight years designing and fitting out both commercial and residential spaces.

    More recently, though I have been working in retail, specialising in fitting children’s shoes; general foot health from babies through to teen agers.

    I am married and have one son who is in year 6 at Edendale primary school. My husband and I have lived locally for 20 years and love Sandringham and the surrounding neighborhoods.

    My family and I are passionate about music, travel and other cultures so are looking forward to my stay here at AppleSeed and getting to know you all.