Jono Broom


Tēnā Koutou,

My name is Jono, and I'm looking forward to helping to begin Haeata in the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch. I am originally from Dunedin, but have been living in Gisborne and Wellington over the last 6 years. I believe that Haeata will allow us to explore different kinds of schooling, and enable us to engage our tamariki in creative, exciting and engaging learning. I love to act and have been involved in many plays over the last couple of years, I'm quite musical and play a little bit of guitar, I'm also passionate about reading and writing and expressing my views through these mediums. I have taken up surfing since living in Gisborne, and free diving since living in Wellington and am looking forward to exploring the beaches around Christchurch.

Leonie Phillips


Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

My name is Leonie Phillips and I currently teach and lead within the Junior Team at Bromley School.  Five years ago we began our Reggio Inspired journey and I have been inspired by what I have learnt and the impact this has had on me both personally and professionally. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the Haeata Community Campus and can’t wait to start the next part of my journey.  I can’t wait to meet the team and am looking forward to 2017. My daughter and I have spent most of our lives here in Canterbury however we love travelling and often spend time in Rotorua with our whanau.



Paul Konia


My name is Paul Konia and I was born and raised in the sunny Hawke's Bay (The fruit bowl of New Zealand!). I come with 10+ years of successful experience in managing year level staff, leading and facilitating school-wide change, coaching and managing sports teams, House leader and teaching junior and senior students (primarily in PE & Health) at Flaxmere College. Because we're all life long learners, I look forward to offering what I can to add to the 'kete' of knowledge for our students and also learning as much as I can from them. I'm a 'movie-freak' and love riding my electric skateboard! Spending quality time with family and friends at the beach, around a good BBQ on summer days and watching the Hurricanes, Warriors and All Blacks either live or on the big screen (winning of course!) is a must.



Bernice Swain


Tena koutou katoa, talofa lava, greetings to everyone!


My name is Bernice Swain. I am have spent my life living and working in Otautahi. I am fortunate to have come from a large family and I have been organising children since I was a child myself! I have worked with learners in the east twice during my teaching career:- at Aranui Primary School during the 1990s, and also at Freeville Primary School for a number of years. I am happy to now be returning to join the establishment team for Haeata Community College. I can’t wait to get started.



Jess Kakoi (on leave 2019)


Kia Ora koutou and Talofa Lava,


I come to Haeata from Aranui Primary School where I started my teaching career in 2009.  At Aranui Primary I was the Deputy Principal for the past four and a half years as well as classroom teacher.  During my time at Aranui I learned a lot from the tamariki and their whānau.  I am passionate about teaching ESOL and literacy. My new role at Haeata is as Kaiārahi Kanorau / Diverse Education Leader where I have the privilege of supporting learners and their whānau with diverse (learning, social, behavioural) needs.  I’m so excited for the community about what Haeata has to offer. I live in Aranui with my husband and our three children.  We attend church in the local area and are part of a local rugby league club. I am passionate about seeing people achieve in learning and in life.



Lex Davis


Tihei mauri ora!

Ko Rakautapu te maunga

Ko Hokianga nui a kupe te moana

Ko Tapuwae te awa

Ko Te Rarawa te iwi

Ko Ngai Tupoto te hapu

Ko Lex Davis ahau

I am really excited to be part of the Haeata whānau and have enjoyed teaching at Ormiston Senior College in Auckland and Rarotonga over the last 6 years. I love travelling, laughing and spending time with friends and family.



Tara O'Neill


Kia Ora Whanau,


My name is Tara O'Neill.  I teach at Te Karaka Area School in the Year 1 - 3 learning community.  Over the last two years, Foundation years team have been exploring learning in a play based environment.  This has been revolutionary and I am very passionate about this. My husband is the Head Chef at Skotel Hotel at Mount Ruapehu.  I have four children,  Michaela (18), Josiah (16), Alice (9) and Amber (8).  We are all looking forward to moving to Christchurch in the next couple of months.  Most people ask me if I know it is cold in Christchurch!  I respond by saying we may have to buy a jacket each!  My girls are already booked in to visit the What Now studio in November. I am really excited about meeting the new team and starting work on preparing learning for 2017 at Haeata.  



Irihapeti Mahuika


Kia Ora Whanau,


Tēnā tātou katoa e te hāpori o Haeata.  Ko Irihāpeti Mahuika tōku ingoa, He uri tēnei nō Te Tai Poutini, Ko Kāi Tahu tōku iwi.  My name is Irihāpeti Mahuika and I have been a secondary kaiako in Ōtautahi for 12 years.  I am lucky enough to have 3 beautiful daughters and an amazing whānau who walk alongside me as Kaiārahi at Haeata Community College.  Born and raised in Aranui, I know our community are ready to embrace the opportunities Haeata has to offer.  Ngā mihi maioha, Iri.



Marama Buck


Kia ora. I'm Marama and I am extremely excited to be joining the Haeata team! Previously I was a teacher and team leader at Fendalton Open-air School which is where I started teaching 9 years ago. Over this time I have also travelled the world, completed my Post-graduate degree in bi-lingual education, and taught in different schools in London, Wellington, and Christchurch. I love to explore cultures and have been to lots of countries. For fun I like to do creative writing, designing clothes, kapahaka, and dancing!

The thing I am most excited about for the future is meeting all of the tamariki and whanau who will be on amazing journey with us.



Waiarani Eruera


Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi

Ko Te Aitanga-a-Mate, Te Whānau-a-Iritekura, Te Awe Māpara me Te Whānau-a-Te Aowera ngā hapū

Tihē mauri ora.


He uri awau nō Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui. He kaiako kei te Kura-a-Rohe o Te Karaka i tēnei wā engari e pārekareka ana kua whai tūranga awau ki Haeata ki rō whānau reo rua.

Kia ora. My name's Waiārani and I'm from Ruatoria. I've been team teaching Years 2-5 in an ILE over the past five years. It's come with a lot of challenges but I've learned a lot from it. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. Ngā mihi.