Introducing Our Teaching Staff

STACEY RICHARDS -  Deputy Principal - Room 2 (Reception Class)  - Years 0 & 1

Kia ora whanau.  I have been at Hikurangi School since 2010 and am currently teaching in our Reception Class.  I have a strong passion for supporting our children and whanau having a successful transition into school and beginning the next part of their learning journey.  Learning should be fun and this is a must in our class.  I enjoy spending time with my whanau at home doing what most of us love to do - keeping busy, having fun and enjoying time together!  I look forward to working with our whanau, old and new, when your tamariki join our great school community.
MARJORIE MACNAY - Assistant Principal -  Room 11 - Years 4 & 5

I have been teaching at Hikurangi School since 1993 and still love it.  My own children went to school here and are thriving both academically and socially. I love reading, Taekwondo, gardening and craftmaking when I have the time. A special treat is catching up with past pupils to find out about their lives since leaving our school.
  MORGAN WILSON - Room 9 - Years 7 & 8 Boys Class

  WHITNEY TOAPUHO - Room 4 - Years 0, 1 & 2


 TARA THOMPSON - Room 10 - Years 7 & 8 Girls Class

I have been teaching at Hikurangi for 5 years now and have loved every minute of it. I am on the social committee and always get a thrill organising events for our hardworking staff.
SHONTELLE WIHONGI  - Room 6 - Years 4 & 5

I am just beginning my teaching career and am looking forward to working with the tamariki in the Middle School as they continue their learning journey. I enjoy welcoming new families to our school and work hard at making all whanau welcome.

WHAEA TERYNNE MILLS-BARBER - Room 7 - Nga Whetu Kohikohiko o Hikurangi

Nga mihi tino aroha kia koutou katoa,
No Ngatiwai ahau.I have had the pleasure of working in Room 7 since last year. I previously taught a range of levels at Tikipunga Primary and Kawakawa Primary. My area of expertise is Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga, kapahaka and music. I absolutely love it here, at Hikurangi Primary School, as well as my two children who also attend this great school. Feel free to catch up with me. 
Naku noa, Whaea Terynne
KYLE WARD - Room 3 - Years 0, 1 & 2

I have just begun my teaching career and am enjoying returning to Hikurangi School where I attended as a pupil. I love sports and am a keen rugby player for the local Hikurangi team. I am passing on some of my skills and knowledge to the children during organised lunchtime sports activities.
JO BYRNE - Room 5 - Years 3

I have been at Hikurangi for a few years now and my son is currently attending our wonderful school as well.  I have loved my move into the Junior School.

HELEN MOORE - Room 8 - Years 6

Hi, my name is Helen Moore and I have been lucky enough to be offered a permanent position here at Hikurangi teaching the year 5 and 6 class. I grew up in Moerewa and also lived for 20 years in Russell before coming to Whangarei so I am most comfortable in small country schools like Hika. I enjoy the staff, the students and fun we seem to be always having. I come from a science background and although I am quite new to teaching, I enjoy introducing students to different kinds of science and watching the excitement as they discover new ideas and ways of thinking. My husband Graham is a builder and we have six grown up children between us. Our first grandchild was born late last year so we have started a new phase in our life as well. Outside of school, I play badminton and row for the Whangarei Rowing Club. I also play tennis and have been talked into doing some of the fun runs around the area leading up to the Kerikeri half marathon this year (I think I may be dreading that)! I love camping and walking and have always lived near the sea. I also spent several years sailing in the Pacific which was fun.

MATUA JAMES DUKE - Room 1 - Years 0, 1 & 2

Kia ora koutou. I am currently teaching in the senior 'all' boys class here at Hikurangi. I am loving working with this group of young men, and we sure do have some fun. I enjoy working with our supportive staff at Hikurangi and our tamariki are second to none. I am a local boy of Ngati Wai descent so I like to be close to the sea. I have four beautiful tamariki and along with Stacey my partner, I enjoy spending whanau time with them.  Kia tau te mauri!
JOHN SADLER -Writing Teacher

I am looking forward to continuing in my role as a Reading Recovery teacher.  I love Music and am in charge of the school band.  We are currently exploring the wide range of instruments available to us both at school and online.

 DONNA SMITH - CRT and DP Release

  DEB SMITH - Reading Recovery Release