We have a very dedicated, highly skilled staff, characterised by diversity. This makes for an interesting mix of backgrounds, skills and talents, all to benefit our children. We are lucky to have such wonderful people working in our school!
Meet our Staff
Principal – Tumuaki
Nau mai haere mai,
Pukehou School is a wonderful school in the heart of Central Hawkes Bay which I feel privileged to lead. I come to Pukehou from Kererū School where I was Principal (and Teacher) for four years. Prior to that, I was at Mayfair School in Hastings for five years. I came to teaching late, retraining in 2010 after being in the NZ Police for more than 15 years. For nearly 12 of those years, I was the Youth Aid Officer in CHB. During that time, I worked closely with local schools and ran a number of Blue Light activities for children and youth. I also partnered with EPIC to develop positive direction programmes for youth. My experiences ignited in me a desire to teach – a decision that I don’t regret.
At Pukehou School, we have a talented, dedicated, and dynamic teaching team who work tirelessly to achieve fantastic success for our learners. Our ākonga (learners) are a pleasure to teach. Their enthusiasm, curiosity and ‘can-do’ attitudes make for memorable learning experiences.
I am a strong believer in a values-based approach to education and feel that all children should be equipped and empowered to achieve success on their terms. Learning can and should be fun!!
My wife Angie is a secondary teacher (Science and Biology) and we have three (grown) children who have all followed their own paths. Lockie is a Policy Analyst with the Matamata-Piako District Council, Cam is a qualified Builder in Hastings, and Alanah is in the final year of her studies towards a Masters’ in Teaching (hoping to teach Science and Math like her mother!).
I am an active relaxer passionate about a range of sports, especially rugby. I a gym nut who gets cranky without my daily fix of exercise and you’ll often find me out in the playground at school playing!
I thank you for the privilege of teaching your children and invite any prospective families to visit and check out our fantastic little school.
Mother of a pigeon pair and wife of an Englishman. Born in Balclutha and have loved living in Hawke’s Bay since the age of 15. Passionate supporter of the Hurricanes, All Blacks, Black Caps and Silver Ferns, as well as any team that my son or daughter or any Pukehou Pupil are in.
Active wear is not my bag but I lurk on the side-line of any sport. Comedy and a page turner are my idea of fun. More travel is my ultimate ambition, so much to see and do both here and abroad. Climber, I am not but I have been to base camp of Mt Everest. Taught at Pukehou School since 2008. I believe that school should be the best adventure in town and that learning is contagious!
I am lucky enough to be joining the Pukehou staff as the Year 7/8 teacher after spending many of my primary school years here as a student (many moons ago). Since beginning my teaching career seven years ago, I have always hoped to return to Pukehou and be able to recreate the amazing experiences I had as a pupil; this time on the other side as the inspirer. My teaching experience has always involved teaching in the senior school including my current position at Bledisloe Primary School as the Year 5/6 teacher and previous to that at Heretaunga Intermediate as the Year 7/8 teacher and team leader.
When I am not teaching, I am a busy mum of two boys. Tamatoa (5) and Te Arahi (2) keep me on my toes each and every day and Tamatoa is very excited to be joining Pukehou School too. With my husband Bronson, our wee family are always out and about exploring our area including hunting in the Ruahine and Kaweka ranges and swimming at our local beaches. A highlight of my year however was travelling the South Island with my boys and seeing the beauty that is our home. My love for the outdoors often comes through into the classroom as I try to keep learning engaging, hands-on and relevant to our world today.
I can’t wait to get to know everyone who is a part of the special Pukehou community, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself, ask me questions or come and have a chat.
I completed both my diploma of teaching and degree of Education in Palmerston North. My first job was working at Marewa Primary in Napier. After becoming a fully registered teacher, I moved to Waipukurau Primary where I taught for 5 years. I gave up my position to stay home and raise my family of three girls. During this time I did a lot of part time teaching and relieving.
My family moved back home to our family farm 12 years ago and my girls attend Pukehou School. In 2013 I took on a shared position at Pukehou School which evolved into a full time position. I am privileged to work at such a great school and have the special connection of attending Pukehou Primary when I was a child. My spare time is spent helping my girls riding and competing on their ponies.
My connection with Pukehou School started in 1998 as a part time volunteer Teacher Aide. When in 2000 I was fortunate enough to gain full time employment, working in the junior classrooms and the office, I enrolled my son at Pukehou School where he stayed from Year 4 to Year 8.
Currently my role is almost completely administrative although I always jump at any chance to work with the children. It’s a real bonus when I get to go on any class trip. I am also Board Minutes Secretary.
My hobbies include gardening, reading and cooking. My main source of exercise is yoga which more recently I have introduced to the students, leading them gently through some stretching, twisting, balancing and deep breathing exercises. I thoroughly enjoy watching the children blossom, flourish and grow as they work their way up through the school.