Meet the Staff


 Nicola Bauer – Centre Manager     021 104 8907

Nicola has lived in the Bays all her life, and attended the local schools. Nicola has four children and two grandchildren. She has worked in the health sector for 25 years. She has a supportive husband who owns his own company. She really enjoys spending time with family, reading books, and walking the dog.

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.

Suzannah Voorham

Suzannah is from the Netherlands and has been working as a residential support worker/house manager for people with disabilities, and later as a community service manager. Since the birth of her daughter she has been working as a teacher aid at Wairau Valley Special School. She is a personal trainer and loves sports and beach walks.

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.

Rubirosa Bilbao

Rubirosa is from Manila in the Philippines. She has a BA in Social Work. Rubirosa is married with two children. She has worked as a Medical Social Worker for 18 years at San Lazaro Hospital. She emigrated to New Zealand in 2008. She has worked for spectrum care looking after people with disabilities for 10 years. Rubirosa loves singing, dancing, window shopping and spending time with family.

Bryn Driver

Bryn as a 9-year-old scout member in 1968 collected donations for the I.H.C by knocking door to door in his local area. Ten years later he joined a touring rock and roll band and traveled the Western Hemisphere full circle. In 2010 he entered into full time employment with Idea Services and gravitated towards Vocational Day Services. Over the years he has retained a passion for the sector of community and deems it a privilege to be involved in their support networks.