Our Staff

Stacey Richards - Deputy Principal - Reception Class (Year 0 )

Kia ora whanau. I have been teaching at Hikurangi School since 2010 and love being part of our school whanau. I find it extremely rewarding supporting our tamariki develop throughout their learning journey and becoming the wonderful tamariki that they are. I have developed a real passion for supporting our tamariki on their journey to beginning school using play based learning. I believe that play is the way in which our tamariki learn to; overcome their fears, develop relationships, solve challenges and generally become self-managing learners. It is the way in which our tamariki develop and master the skills that are essential for progress in their own learning journey. I look forward to connecting and learning with you all.


Whitney Toapuho - Kemp - Room 1 (Years 1, 2 & 3)

Fakaalofa atu ki a mutolu oti

Ko Whitney e higoa

Haaku matua taane ko Peter Toapuho e

Hau a ia he maaga ko Mutalau

Ko Sandra e matua fifine

Ko Whetumatarau me Hikurangi nga maunga. Ko Awatere me Wairoro nga awa. Ko Horouta me Mataatua nga waka. Ko Hinerupe me Tau Henare nga marae. Ko Ngati Porou me Ngapuhi nga Iwi. Ko Whanau o Hinerupe me Te Uri o Hua nga hapu. Ko Paikea me Rahiri oku rangatira. Ko Whitney Toapuho Kemp ahau.

Kia Ora my name is Whitney Kemp and I teach in Room 1. I am so excited to be back in Room 1 this year, with a lovely bunch of Years 1, 2 and 3 students.

My main priority is to build positive relationships with children and creating a fun, safe, and caring 'class community’. I have a passion for reading, dance, and technology. I also thoroughly enjoy teaching The Junior Pacific Island Dance Group.


Kyle Ward - Room 3 (Years 1, 2 & 3)

Kia ora, my name is Kyle Ward and I am currently teaching in a year 1-3 class. This will be my 6th year teaching at Hikurangi Primary and my 4th in the junior school. I have absolutely loved my time in the juniors and enjoy the challenges that it brings. My passions within the school are sports and reading.

I am a Hikurangi local and enjoy spending the school breaks at the family bach just down the road at Whananaki South, fishing and diving. My partner and I have also just bought our first home so now all our free time outside of work is currently being used on renovations. I also play rugby for the local club when not sidelined with an ever mounting list of injuries.


Alysha Howie - Room 4 (Years 1, 2 & 3)

My name is Alysha Howie and I am the Kaiako in Room 4. I have 8 years teaching experience in all levels of primary school as well as tailoring programmes for children with special needs while I worked as a specialist teacher. I love teaching all curriculum areas and especially enjoy Art, and Reading. My most recent position was teaching Year 1 and 2s at Totara Grove school in Kamo.

Please pop in anytime to say hi and see all the great things happening in Room 4.


Amy Martin - Room 5 (Years 1, 2 & 3)

Kia ora whanau,

My name is Amy Martin and 2019 will be my second year teaching. Although my teaching career is only just beginning, I have had years of experience with children, including 4 of my own.

I enjoy cooking, reading, being around the ocean, nature and art. As children inspire me, I aim to learn from them and therefore inspire their passions and interests through all areas of the curriculum.

Ruma Rima is open to whanau at anytime, so drop by to see what we are up to this year.


Shontelle Wihongi - Room 6 (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Ko Whetumatarau me Hikurangi nga Maunga. Ko Waiapu me Wairoro nga Awa. Ko Harauta me Mataatua nga Waka. Ko Hinerupe me Ururangi nga Marae. Ko Ngati Porou me Nga Puhi nga Iwi. Ko Ngati Hine me Te whanau o Hinerupe nga Hapu.

Ko Sandra Wihongi raua ko Peter Toapuho oku Maatua. No Whangarei ahau. Ko Shontelle Wihongi ahau.

My name is Shontelle Wihongi and I teach in Room 6 (a year 4-6 class). I've been a teacher at Hikurangi School for 6 years and I still love it, as it is a fun, supportive and forward thinking environment.

This year is Room 6's second year as an e-learning classroom, with each of our tamariki having their own device. E-learning has opened up a huge range of challenging, fun and enjoyable learning opportunities as well as developing the essential skills that our tamariki will need for the future.

Outside of the classroom, I love spending time with my family, going on road trips and eating my mum's home baking.

I am very proud to be part of the Hikurangi School staff and feel privileged to have the opportunity to work in a community of diverse, happy, hardworking and talented tamariki.


Terynne Mills-Barber - Room 7 / Nga whetu kohikohiko o Hikurangi (Years 0 - 6)

Ko Huruiki te maunga. Ko Mokau te awa. Ko Tuwhenuaroa te waka taua. Ko Te Uri o Hikihiki te hapu. Ko Ngatiwai te iwi. Ko Terynne Mills-Barber ahau.

Kia koutou katoa,I teach in Nga Whetu Kohikohiko o Hikurangi, which is our total immersion Maori class in Rm7. Nga mea pai ki ahau; Maori culture, sports and The Arts. Our tumanako for Nga Whetu Kohikohiko o Hikurangi are; Mana tangata, Mana whenua, Mana Aoturoa, Mana Atua, Mana Reo. Our uara for our class and school are; Whakapono, Tumanako, Manaakitanga me Te Arohatanga. Nau mai haere mai ki Nga Whetu Kohikohiko o Hikurangi.


Helen Moore - Room 8 / Senior all Girls' Class (Years 7&8)

Kia ora whanau,

I love learning new things and try to inspire that in my students. Arousing curiosity in the world around us and then teaching the skills to satisfy that curiosity is pretty much my teaching philosophy. I have a particular passion for Science and was lucky enough to spend some of 2018 on the Science Teaching Leadership Programme where I worked with the Northland Regional Council for six months as well as regular workshops in Wellington with NZ Royal Society Te Apārangi. It was a fantastic experience and I am even more excited about sharing what I have learned with our staff and tamariki.


James Duke - Room 9 / Senior all Boys' Class (Years 7&8)

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga tini karangatanga maha, tena ra koutou katoa. I am a local boy of Ngati Wai descent, I whakapapa to the coastal villages of Takahiwai and Whananaki, lucky me!

After 2 years teaching in the juniors I am moving back to teach in the boys' class. I am looking forward to the enjoyment of it all. I have developed a passion for Social Enterprise and look forward to implementing this initiative into our school, exciting times ahead.

In my spare time I like to be with my whanau. We get up to all sorts of stuff from gardening to getting out on the water in our boat to doing some fishing and water sport. I feel at ease when on, in, or near the sea. I put it down to my Ngati Wai whakapapa and I am ever thankful to my tupuna for giving this to me.

Kerryn Nathan - Room 10 (Years 4, 5, & 6)

Kia ora koutou.

I am new to Hikurangi school and am very fortunate to have been offered a permanent position teaching years 4-6 in Room 10. My whanau and I moved from Whangarei in 2001 and am stoked to be back home after being away for the last 16 years. My teaching career began in Auckland in 2010, previous to this, I was a full time mum and artist. I have a passion for the arts, specifically Maori contemporary art and I enjoy sharing this with my students and encouraging them to use their creativity in all areas of their learning. My Tane, Fender, is a Musician and we have 3 awesome sons. I enjoy being outdoors, adventure, travelling, connecting with people and spending time with whanau and friends.


Marjorie Macnay - Assistant Principal / Senco - Room 11 (Years 4, 5, & 6)

I have been working at our kura for quite awhile now. I enjoy making a difference in children's lives by working together to find keys to their own unique learning pathway. I find a certain sense of belonging now that I am teaching the sons, daughters, nieces and nephews of children I taught last century! Apart from being at the beach or reading a book, my favourite place to be is in my classroom - the children make me laugh and help keep me young as we learn from each other and together every day.

You are welcome to come in to Rm11 anytime to see what a modern, digital, multi-levelled and friendly classroom looks, sounds and feels like.

Rm 11 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ruma.tekaumatahi.7


Donna Smith - Release Teacher

Kia ora,

I have been teaching in primary schools for thirteen years, with two years experience in Early Childhood Education (ECE). I'm passionate about transitioning our tamariki to school, and further developing their interests and dispositions through a Play Based Learning approach.

I'm also passionate about sustainability and encouraging our tamariki to ensure the world we live in today is looked after for future generations.


Elton Anaru - Release Teacher

John Sadler - Reading Recovery Teacher

Reo Smith - Office Admin / Receptionist

Reo has worked at our school forever and she has a wealth of knowledge about our community and school's history.

Shona Keatley - Finance / Library / First Aid

Whaea Ani Hemara - Taonga in School / Kuia

Dianne Hardie - School Teacher Aide

Phil Lawrie - Caretaker

HI my name is Phil Lawrie I have been associated with the school as a parent for the past 14 years and now have the great pleasure of being the school's grounds keeper.

Maria Maddox - Teacher Aide

Donna Rumbal - Teacher Aide

Hi. I am originally from Central Hawkes Bay, my husband and I moved up here in 2002. We were headed to BOI, but Hikurangi stole our hearts. Between us we have 6 children, 3 of which went to Hikurangi school. I started volunteering (cooking the sausages on Friday’s) in 2012, leading on to PPP reading, then in 2016 starting my dream job as a teacher aid. I love working with the children, watching them grow and shine.

Joe Pomare - Teacher Aide

Natasha Van Engelen - Teacher Aide

Sheree Brown - Teacher Aide

Rachel McLaughlan - Teacher Aide

I have been involved with the school for the last 11 years. Two of my three children started their schooling at Hikurangi Primary, and continued right through until they started high school. I am throughly enjoying my teacher aide role.

Kyla Hardie - Teacher Aide

Lily Jenkins - Teacher Aide

Beth Lamb - Digital Learning Advisor