Meet the Staff


 Roché de Villiers – Centre Manager     02885165609

Roché has worked in the ‘Special needs Sector’ for 19 years, overseeing a consortium of centres in the Auckland Region. He brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to this role and feels proud to be part of the New Dawn Family.

Bilal Siddiq – Service Manager

Bilal hails from a state called Kerala, South India. He came to New Zealand for his higher studies. He started working at New Dawn as a Care Reliever and then moved his way up from being a Staff to Service Manager. In his mean time, he loves to do travel photography, play football (Soccer) and painting.

Disability Programme Facilitators

Youth Progamme

Girard Gestopa – Team Co-ordinator

Girard is from the “Queen City of South” Cebu, Philippines. He has a BA in Philosophy. He likes sports, reading and chilling out. His priority is nurturing his main interest, his daughter. He always believes in what St. Anselm had said, “I am just a dwarf sitting on a giant’s shoulder.

Deepika Prasad

Deepika is from Fiji Islands and came to New Zealand in 2010. She have previously worked as an Early Childhood teacher and a caregiver. She’s been blessed with two very beautiful children and a very kind and loving husband. She enjoys music, travelling and spending time with her family.

Adult Programme

Kissie Sobretodo

Kissie is originally from the “City of Smiles” Bacolod, Philippines, were she was a registered nurse.  She volunteered at New Dawn before becoming a full-time staff member.  Kissie has a supportive husband Javan and a wonderful little boy Aike.

Alison Buchanan

Alison has spent most of her life on the North Shore of Auckland enjoying the surrounding beaches. Her brother started attending New Dawn due to a friend who worked there recommending it. When her role as carer for her father ended she began working on the floor part time. In her spare time she enjoy’s art, gardening and reading as well as spending time with her family and pets.

Rachel Jung

Rachel was born in South Korea. She moved to New Zealand in 1998. Rachel has worked in the field of Early Childhood and as a caregiver. She is a skilled baker, barista and loves to cook. Her interests include listening to music and attending concerts, reading. gardening and enjoys walking in New Zealand’s great outdoors.