Our People

Amanda Crooks, Senior Head Teacher

I have lived in this area for the past 19 years with my husband so I really feel a strong connection with the area and the local community.  Our children spent their early years at the Northcote Point Community Creche and I was a part time teacher here while they attended.  I love this crèche as it has had a special and prominent place in my own and my family’s history.


I grew up on a farm in Nelson and I’ve always loved the outdoors and nature. If I’m not around the Point, you might find me at the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking or just hanging out with my family. My children are in their teens and still enjoy these family activities. (At the moment I am playing Fast 5 Netball with my daughter Ella, which we both think is pretty cool.) My family all love playing sports.  I enjoy playing basketball and recently played basketball at the Pan Pacific Master’s games on the Gold Coast.


Early childhood education has been my career and passion for the past few decades.  I have owned my own centre, worked in Kindergartens, baby centres, and taught overseas. I love working with the future generation and I really look forward to getting to know all the children, parents and whanau as Northcote Point Community Creche becomes part of their early learning journey.

Revienna Alibangbang, Registered Teacher

Hi! My name is Revienna Alibangbang, Vienna for short. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, Major in Library Science and was a librarian for eight years in the Philippines before we decided to emigrate here in New Zealand in 2005. 

I realised my passion to be with and teach children under 5’s when I volunteered as a parent helper at my children’s kindergarten and childcare centre. In January 2012, I decided to study again and began my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at the University of Auckland. I am a qualified teacher with full registration. 

My two children are my inspiration and motivation to teach. I am a people person, love meeting people and learning about their culture. I like being creative in my crèche set-ups to include inviting, warm learning environments. 

I believe that children should be offered the choice to choose their own play experiences. I feel it is their own individual right to make decisions for themselves.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and your children at the Crèche

Nera Yarker, Registered Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Nera Sususco Yarker. I am married and have two wonderful children. I come from a big family of nine, with four brothers and four sisters. I am a home person and love spending time with my family.  My husband and my children are passionate about sports, so when I am not at crèche you will probably see me at the football pitch or tennis court cheering for my boys.


My teaching career started in the Philippines. I taught in the Philippines for several years before migrating to New Zealand. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching ECE from The University of Auckland.


My eldest son Patrick attended to this crèche back in 2001 and my youngest son Ryan in 2006, so I have been associated with this crèche for many years. I started working at Northcote Point Community Creche in May 2010 and thoroughly enjoy the children and families in the community.


I believe all children are unique individuals and should be treated with respect regardless of gender, ethnicity and culture.


"Children may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel" Maya Angelou



Arohanui Nera


Anji Simmons, Educator

Kia ora my name is Anji Simmons. I am a mother of three. I am very familiar with the crèche as all three of my children came to the creche.


I have been a relief teacher for a number of years in a few different centres and have been  working at Northcote Point Community Crèche part-time since 2013. I am bouncy, colourful and full of life. I’m a great big kid at heart and like to mix it up with some energetic crazy. I’m very animated and love messy play.


I have papers towards a Diploma in Trauma and Violence studies.  I am very passionate advocator against domestic violence and how it has affected our world.


Sport plays a big part of my life. I’ve been coaching netball and basketball for a number of years due to my daughter Teagan playing at a top level. I really enjoy working with all the children on all levels and watching them grow.


I like to do a bit of pottery and walk my two dogs. I love all animals big or small, I love watching cooking shows and spending time with the family (whanau). I look forward to getting to know all the families (whanau) and their lovely children (tamariki).



Di Simpson, Admin Officer

Hi, my name is Di Simpson, I am a Mum to three amazing adult children.

I have had many years' experience with admin, having worked 14 years in our carpet business and then 4 years in my clothing retail store in Timaru.

I moved to Auckland with my daughter in 2015 where I worked in the fashion industry for 3 years & my daughter studied at AUT and now has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is now working full time in an early childhood centre too.

I really enjoy the friendly, family environment here at Northcote Point Creche and love the interaction with the children & parents.

My hobbies include keeping fit - walking, going to the gym and yoga. I have a real passion for home interiors and in my spare time run an interior styling business.

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