Our Staff

Stacey Richards - Release Teacher (DP on Maternity Leave)

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.


Marjorie Macnay - Acting Deputy Principal - Room 10 (Years 2 and 3)

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 gardening 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 Rm10 anytime to see us.

Rm 10 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ruma.tekaumatahi.7


Kyle Ward - Room 12 (Years 7 and 8 Boys Only)

Kia ora, my name is Kyle Ward and I am currently teaching in a year 7 and 8 class. This will be my 8th year teaching at Hikurangi Primary and my 1st in the senior 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.


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.


Alysha Howie - Room 2 (Years 0 & 1)

My name is Alysha Howie and I am the Kaiako in Room 2. I have 9 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 2.


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 a 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.


Catherine Ranapia - Room 8/ Te Hiku (Years 4 - 8)


Chantelle Higgins - Room 9/ Nga Whetu Kohikohiko (Years 0 - 3)

Ko Whakatere te maunga. Ko Waima te awa. Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka. Ko Tuhirangi te marae. Ko Te Mahurehure te hapu. Ko Ngapuhi te iwi. He maramara tuturu tenei na Rahiri. He herenga nui oku ki roto o Ngati Manu, Ngati Hau, Te Mahurehure, otira Te Whakatohea. Ko taku tino koingo ko te reo maori me ona tikanga. I tupu ake au ki roto i te ao o nga Kura Kaupapa Maori tae atu ki te Whare Wananga Takiura o nga Kura Kaupapa Maori. I reira i tino purangiaho taku hiakai ki te noho hei kura mahita mo o tatou tamariki mokopuna. He kura mahita tenei ki Hikurangi Primary School, e whakaako ana i te karaehe Nga Whetu Kohikohiko, te reanga Tau 0-3. Tena, nau mai, piki mai ki roto i a matou.

Te piko o te Mahuri, tera te tupu o te rakau.


Helen Moore - Room 11 (Year 7 and 8 Girls Only)

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 4 (Years 4, 5 & 6)

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 seniors I am moving to teach in a Year 4, 5 and 6 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 7 (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 7. 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.


Elton Anaru - Release 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 15 years and now have the great pleasure of being the school's grounds keeper.

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 Fridays) 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

Kia ora, my name is Joe Pomare and I am a Teacher Aide at Hikurangi Primary which three of my children have attended since 2012. Two have gone onto Kamo High School and my other one has been at our school since Year 1 and is now Year 8. I have been involved with the school for a number of years now, doing BBQs for The PTA, class trips and camps and currently helping to run Breakfast Club for our kids every morning for the last four years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

Natasha Van Engelen - Teacher Aide

Rachel McLaughlan - Teacher Aide

I have been involved with the school for the last 12 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.

Beth Lamb - Digital Immersion Facilitator

Beth's role entails a large area of responsibilities that consist of providing Professional Development to a cluster of schools. She has a wide background, having taught, lead and previously been an ICT facilitator. Beth is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Authorised Trainer and Google Certified Level 2 Educator. Becoming a Digital Immersion Facilitator has provided Beth with many great opportunities, she believes her role has been a fabulous chance to instigate and lead change across our amazing schools teaching for the future.