About Us

We help our clients create the best early childhood education centres in New Zealand.

With so many specialist involved, choices to make, and Council and Ministry of Education hoops to jump through, creating an early childhood education centre is no easy task. At Establish, we come to work every day because we want to solve the biggest problem with developing childcare centres in New Zealand - the development process is so complex.

Until now, there hasn’t been a team that could remove all the complexities and get childcare centre developments off to the best possible start. As New Zealand's only full solution consultants in this specialised area, we’re here to change that. We make the complex simple and reduce financial risk. Through centralised, specialist expertise, our clients get off to the best start and gain the freedom to focus on their wider business and vision.

With our team having new centres being approved and constructed weekly around the country, we’re passionate about improving the quality of the educational environment for all Kiwi kids.

Our people

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LOGAN WHITELAW

Chief Executive Officer

Founding director and CEO, Logan Whitelaw has a particular interest in the development of early childhood education throughout New Zealand. Together with Paul Rodgers, he formed Establish to address the problems he and his clients were experiencing – simplifying the development process for operators and raising the quality of centre design. Logan comes from a planning background, having worked in the resource management sector as a qualified planner for over ten years, including a leadership position at Auckland Council.

As CEO and head coach, Logan applies his strategic and tactical skills to the team and to ensuring clients achieve their goals.

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PAUL RODGERS

Director

Paul founded Establish along with fellow director, Logan Whitelaw, having earlier worked with Logan in a planning consultancy. He has nine years’ experience as a planner and project manager, working across the country. Paul shares Logan’s desire to raise the quality of childcare across New Zealand and enjoys seeing clients’ projects brought to fruition.

Paul has a developed an extensive network of contacts in the development, construction and childcare sectors.

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GERARD MCCARTEN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Gerard is a highly experienced planning professional with over 16 years’ experience in the regulatory sectors in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom in senior positions. Prior to joining Establish Gerard held a senior position as a Principal Planner at Auckland Council overseeing resource consent appeals and providing specialist support for resource consent hearings and independent hearing commissioners. He is also a certified hearing commissioner with chairing endorsement.

A strategic thinker, Gerard oversees the day-to-day operational aspects of Establish to ensure it is delivering top quality and value for money for its clients.

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PAUL MOODIE

BUILDING CONSENTS MANAGER

Paul has over 20 years’ extensive experience in the building industry. He is a fully qualified Accredited Building Surveyor and a Licensed Building Practitioner. For eight years he was the Northern Compliance and Inspections Manager at Auckland Council and recently he worked as an independent building inspector undertaking property inspections and providing expert advice on weathertightness issues.

Paul brings extensive knowledge of the building consenting and construction processes to Establish as well as an extensive network of industry contacts.

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GARETH PASFIELD

PROJECT MANAGER

Gareth is an experienced project manager, having worked for more than 10 years in the fields of project management, resource management and town planning. In that time Gareth has worked for both public and private sector organisations in New Zealand as well as construction projects in the United Kingdom.

Gareth brings his experience and network of contacts to bear in managing and coordinating the delivery of projects for clients.

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GEMMA-ROSE BROOKE

PROJECT MANAGER

Gemma-Rose has over 10 years’ experience in the regulatory sectors in both New Zealand and New York. Prior to joining Establish, Gemma-Rose worked as a Planning Consultant preparing a wide range of resource consent applications including subdivision, retail, commercial, residential and industrial activities. During her time in New York, Gemma-Rose undertook feasibility and conceptual planning studies for New York City School Construction Authority, Cornell University, and United Nations' projects, as well as Project Management of New York City Transit projects. Gemma-Rose brings extensive knowledge of the resource consenting processes to Establish as well as an extensive network of industry contacts.

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LIANA COLEMAN

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Liana is an experienced executive assistant, office manager and administrator. Liana brings her friendly voice and expertise in business systems and customer relations to Establish and oversees the smooth running of day-to-day functions. She also liaises closely with the Ministry of Education and Local Authorities all across the country to obtain data relating to childcare demand, new developments and consent statistics.

Hear from those who’ve worked with us

Young World Childcare Centre
This is the second centre we have got our Resource Consent through Establish and it’s been a real pleasure working with the team. If one wants a ‘no hassles’ process to a successful result Establish is definitely the go-to guys. The professional and approachable style of the team makes the whole experience of going through the Resource Consent process which can be quite stressful, an easy and positive one. They provide valuable inputs and advice to ensure the best outcome possible and kept us updated through the whole process. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them to all. Thanks Establish on another great job done.