Merivale School

(07) 578 6900 25 Kesteven Ave, Tauranga, 3112

Staff

Tom Paekau

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Tumuaki - Principal

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Kakepuku te maunga
Ko Waipa te awa
Ko Kaputuhi te marae
Ko Ngati Maniapoto/ Ngati Mahanga nga iwi
Ko Ngati Pare Te Kawa te hapu
No Otorohanga ahau
Ko Janelle toku wahine
Ko Anika raua ko Pipiana aku mahanga
Ko Georgia taku tamahine

Previous Roles:
Principal - Rangiuru School (2008 - 2017)
Senior Teacher/ Teacher - Te Puke Intermediate (2000 - 2008)
Teacher - Aranga School (1999/2000)

Interests: Music, Sports

Favourite Kai: Hangi - all day

Losaria Harimate McGruer

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Deputy Principal
Head Kaiako Akomanga Rua Year 1-3
Ngaa Hau E Whaa

Ko Hikurangi me Maungatautari ngā maunga.
Ko Waiapu me Waikato ngā awa.
Ko Horouta me Tainui ngā waka.
Ko Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Hauā ngā iwi.
Ko Te Awe Mapara, ko Te Aitanga-ā-mate me Te Iti ā Hauā ngā hapū.
Nō Murihiku, Waihopai ahau.
Kei Tauranga e noho ana ahau.
Ko Losaria Harimate-McGruer taku ingoa.
Ko Paora tōku hoa a rangatira.
Tokowhā tā māua tamaiki, ko Jamal, rātou ko Renata rāua ko Paora āku tama. Ko Nikita tā māua tamahine. Ko Stevie Reweti taku hunaonga.
Tokorua āku mokopuna kōhine. Ko Te Mātangi rāua
ko Te Aumārire.

Heather Langley

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Assistant Principal/ SENCO

Ko Breadalbane te waka
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Waimapu te awa
Ko Clan Campbell te hapu
Ko Tauranga Moana ahau
Ko Dene toku tane
Ko Campbell taku tama
Ko Danielle taku tamahine
Ko Jessica raua ko Reilly Nathan aku mokopuna

Previous Role:
Deputy Principal SENCO Greerton Village School 2002 -2016

Interests: Caravaning, Fishing Cooking, Whanau

Favourite Kai: Kaimoana

Jan Honey

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Office Manager

Ko Manuao te waka
Ko Turanganui te awa
Ko Weatherley toku whanau
Ko Cliff Honey toku tane
Ko Steve me George raua ko Josh aku tama
Ko Jan Honey toku ingoa
No Turanga-a-Kiwa ahau

Interests: Rugby and the beach

Favourite Kai: Seafood

Naomi Ngatai

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Kaiako Akomanga Rua
Year 0-3 Nga Hau E Wha

Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngaiterangi me Ngati Ranginui ōku iwi
Ko Ngai Tukairangi me Ngati Hangarau ōku hapu
No Matapihi ahau engari e noho ana au ki Matakana Island ki āku whanau
Ko Steven Ngatai tāku hoa rangatira
Ko Areena rāua ko te Haumirirangi ōku tamāhine
Ko Wiremu rāua ko Hohua ōku tama
Ko Harley rāua ko Moana ōku hunaonga
Ko Tipene tōku mokopuna
Ko Naomi Ngatai tāku ingoa
No reira, tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou kātoa.

I am a mum of four beautiful children and have a gorgeous mokopuna Tipene. We have lived on Matakana Island for 14years now.
I worked for W.T logging on Matakana Island as the skidder driver for two years in the bush. As work became scarce in the bush I became an active member of the community and Te Kohanga Reo, and then onto the Kura where i secured a job as a teacher aid for 3 years. I was encouraged to then take up studying for my teachers degree and graduated in 2017.
I relieved last year at Matapihi Kura, Maungatapu Kura, Otepou Kura, as well as here at Merivale.
I am a new member to the staff here at Merivale School for 2019.
I enjoy following my children with all their sports activities, Kapa Haka and spending quality time with my family.

Paora McGruer

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Staff Representative Board of Trustees /
Sports Co-
Ordinator

Ko Manuao te waka.

Ko Tararua te maunga.

Ko Manawatu te awa.

Ko Ngāti Tauiwi te iwi.

Ko Paora McGruer taku ingoa.

Ko Losaria Harimate tōku hoa wahine.

Tokowhā tā māua tamariki, ko Jamal rātou ko Renata, rāua ko Paora āku tama. Ko Nikita tā māua tamahine.

Ko Stevie Reweti taku hunaonga.

Tokorua āku mokopuna, ko Te Mātangi rāua ko Te Aumārire

Owen Hohaia

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A ha Te Arawa e!
A ha Te Arawa e!
Ko te whakaariki...
Ko te whakaariki!
Tukua mai ki a piri, tukua mai ki a tata
Kia eke mai i runga ki te paepae poto a Houmaitawhiti!

Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Tapuika me Waitaha ngā iwi
Ko Rangiuru me Otawa ngā maunga Ko Kaituna te awa
Ko Ngāti Marukukere te hapū
Ko Tia te whare tūpuna

Ko Hohaia tōku ingoa whānau
Kei Pukehinahina e noho ana inaianei
Ko Whaea Shirralee tōku hoa wahine
Tokowhā ā māua tamariki. Ko Brayden rātou
ko Kauri, ko Mackenzie, Ko Malachi te pekepoho. Ko Owen Hohaia ahau
No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou
tēnā tātou katoa.

Tēnā koutou e te iwi

Whānau is everything to me. I am a family man, husband with four fabulous kids. Whaea Shirralee is my kohatu in everything. I come to Tūtarawānanga from Greenpark School, where I had taught for 11 years. My interests are sport, coaching kids, the arts and culture. My passion is spending quality time with my whānau. I am grateful to be paddling with the team on board the Tūtarawānanga waka and heading towards becoming the best kura in Tauranga Moana.

Darren Kiwi

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Ko Mauao tōku Maunga
Ko Tauranga tōku Moana
Ko Mataatua tōku Waka
Ko Tahuwhakatiki tōku Marae
Ko Ngaiterangi tōku Iwi
Ko Nga Potiki tōku Hapu
Ko Darren Kiwi tāku ingoa
Ko Stephanie tāku hoa Wahine
Tokorima tā māua tamariki. Ko Eva ratou Ko Tori raua Ko Zoe āku tamahine. Ko Pedro tāku tama.
Previous experience:
7 years at Te Akau ki Papamoa School
1 year at Mount Maunganui Primary School

Interests:
Surfing, diving, fishing and sports

Favourite Kai: Kai moana, sushi and hangi
I have had the privilege of being a teacher for the past 8 years. I thoroughly enjoy helping our tamariki challenge themselves and continue a passion for learning. I enjoy playing sports when time allows but my number one passion is surfing! I have been involved in surfing for a long time now in a professional as well as recreational capacity and am looking forward to introducing some of our tamariki to this sport.

Shiralee Hohaia

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Teacher Room 3 Year 1/2
Play Based Learning

Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngatoroirangi te tohunga
Ko Rangiuru te maunga
Ko Kaituna te awa
Ko Tapuika te iwi
Ko Ngāti Marukukere te hapū
Ko Tia te whare tūpuna
I tipu ake ahau I Adelaide
Nō Ahitereiria ahau
Kei Pukehinahina ahau e noho ana ināiane
Ko Owen tōku tane
Tokowhā tā māua tamariki, ko Brayden, rātau ko Kauri, rāua ko Malachi āku tama. Ko Mackenzie tā māua tamahine.

Previous Experience
Teacher - Brookfield School (2018)
Teacher - Greerton Village School (2015 - 2017)

Interests: Volleyball, reading, whānau time

Favourite kai: Pizza

Favourite colour: Purple

Bonnie Hebenton

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Junior Teacher Room 3
New Entrants - Play Based Learning
NZEI Teacher Rep

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waiwhakaiho te awa
Ko Pakeha te iwi
No New Plymouth ahau
Ko John toku hoa tane
Ko Kate, ratou ko Michael, ko Rebekah aku tamariki.

Previous Experience: 6 years as a Secondary Teacher, 25 years working for the Anglican Church as a youth and children's worker, adult educator and administrator for community organisations. Merivale is my first Primary teaching position.

Interests; making music, walking and tramping, movies

Dolly Rall

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Teacher
Room 7
Year 3/4

Ko Drakensberg te Maunga
Ko Vaal River te Awa.
Ko Boeing 747 te Waka.
Ko Te Papa o te Aroha marae, tōku marae.
Nō Awherika ki Tonga ahau.
Ko Dolly tōku ingoa.
Ko Michael tōku hoa tane.
Tokoono āku tamariki.
Rua Tekau ma tahi āku mokopuna.

Some Interesting things about ME
My family has been in NZ now for 20 years.
Two of my children live in Europe.
I love travelling
The students at Merivale make my day.

Kristen Hall

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Teacher - Tauranga Special School
Satellite Class

Ko Mauau te Maunga
Ko Wairoa te awa
Ko Tauranga Moana te moana
No Waipukurau ahau
Ko McNutt toku whanau
Ko Kristen Hall toku ingoa

Previous experience :
Teacher : Variety of London Special Needs Schools 2013 - 2015
Teacher : Parkside Special School, Pukekohe 2016 - 2017
Teacher : Tauranga Special School, Tauranga 2018 - present

Interests : Hiking, travelling, yoga, arts and crafts

Favourite Kai : Love all vegetables and Whittakers chocolate

Josie Brown

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Kaiawhina
Nga Hau E Wha

Te taha o taku Papa

Ko Kahutianui te whaea
Ko Parata te tangata
Ko Haititaimarangai te marae
Ko te Pu o te Wheke te maunga
Ko MAMARU te waka
Ko Tokerau me Karikari nga Moana
Ko Wairahoraho te awa
Ko Whanau Moana me te Rorohuri nga hapu
Ko NGATIKAHU te iwi

Te taha o taku Whaea

Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Mauao te Maunga
Ko Wairoa te awa tipua
Ko Irireia taku Taniwha
Ko Ngatikahu me Ngaitamarawaho nga Iwi
Ko Wairoa me Huria nga marae
Ko Ngatiranginui taku Iwi
Ko whanau Paraone au

No reira
Nga mihi mahana kia koutou
Tena koutou katoa

Tre Matthews

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Kaiawhina
Nga Hau E Wha

Tarnz Urwin

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Kaiawhina
Nga Hau E Wha

Ko Mauao me Pūwhenua õku maunga,
Ko Te Awanui tõku moana,
Ko te Kõpūrererua tõku awa,
Ko Ngāti-Ranginui me Ngaiterangi õku iwi.
He uri ahau o Ngai-Tamarāwaho kei te marae õ Huria.
Ko Elton tõku hoa pumau.
Ko Mauria rātou ko Sahara, ko Te Uruwhiuwhiu a māua tamāhine.
Ko Te Ahikoia te tama a Mauria; ko ia taku mokopuna - te aporo o aku karu!
Ko Tarnz Urwin ahau.

Previous Experience: Jack of All Trades, Master of None. 😂

Interests: Music, Kai, Zombie movies 😎

Likes: Peanut Slabs & MVL Bakery Chicken, Quizzes.

Dislikes: Mismatched cups, wrinkly sellotape, tangled cords

Bex Stephen

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Support Staff
After School Programme

Ko Mauao to maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Wairoa te awa
Ko Matakana te moutere
Ko Huria te marae whangai
Ko Tutara Wananga toku kura
Ko Mason raua ko Jack aku tama
Ko Alex taku tamahine
Ko Bex toku ingoa
No Tutara Wananga toku kainga inaianei

Interests: Music, Fishing, Whanau and Friends

Favourite Kai: Bacon

Toni Taylor

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Support Staff
School Van Driver
Support Staff NZEI Rep
Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Maungakiekie te maunga.
Ko Taamaki te awa.
Ko Toni tōku ingoa.
Ko Deane tōku tane.
Ko Jordan rāua ko Zack taku tama.
Ko Victoria rātou ko Ashley rāua Ko Nicki āku tamahine.
Ko Regan rātou ko Adam rāua Ko Kainan āku mokopuna.
Nō Katikati e noho ana.

Sandra Williams

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Support Staff
ESOL
After School Programme

Ko Putauaki te maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngati Awa toku iwi
Ko Ngati Pukeko toku hapu
No Tamaki ahau
Ko Glyn toku Tane
Ko Reece toku Tama

Previous Role
ESOL Teacher Assistant
(1994 - 2017) Greerton Village School

Interests: Travel , beach , family and friends

Favourite Kai: Chocolate

Graham Maslin

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Caretaker/ Key Master/ Ride On Mower Ninja

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waingongoro te awa
Ko Waimate toku marae
Ko Maslin toku whanau
No Eltham toku kainga
Ko Graham taku ingoa

Interests - Motor Racing, Model Trains

Favourite Kai - Doughnuts