Tuakana Kaimahi

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Adam Hird

Kia Ora, My name is Adam and I am a Kaiako in Kōrepo. I have previously worked at Aranui High School teaching Science and Biology, before heading overseas to work in the United Kingdom where I taught GCSE Science. For the last two years I mixed travelling with work Coming back to work at Haeata Community Campus was always my goal and I am excited about the opportunities we have here to change education and really engage our Ākonga in learning. I am passionate about sports and I’m looking forward to involving our Ākonga in regional and national tournaments.

Natalie Anderson

Kia ora, I'm Natalie Anderson.  I'm from South Africa and have just recently moved to Christchurch to pursue my dream - to teach in New Zealand.  I was a Secondary Maths teacher for eight years and have also completed my Honours degree in Education Management, law and policy.  I love sports and especially enjoy coaching Netball and Softball.   I am married to Ruan and have two fur kids, Leo & Leila.  I am looking forward to new experiences and engaging with students from different cultures and I'm especially excited to be part of the Haeata whanau!

Diverse Education Lead

Janine Brown


Talofa lava, tena koutou katoa,

My name is Janine Brown and I join Haeata from Aranui Primary School’s Paharakeke hub. I love working in the Aranui community and am excited about the possibilities for learning that Haeata will bring. I am passionate about blended learning through ICT and the personalised learning that it provides.          

I love teaching literacy and numeracy and strive to enable better learning opportunities for our Pasifika, Maori and diverse learners.  I live locally and love the roar of the beach and walking my dog along the river bank. I play competitive social netball and enjoy running in the Burwood plantation.

Pou- Communication Fluency

Helen Shirley

Kia ora, My name is Helen Shirley. I am originally from Westport but, with the exception of four and half years spent in South Korea teaching English, have spent most of my adult life living in Christchurch. Prior to joining the team at Haeata I taught at Kaiapoi Borough School where I worked across a range of year levels. I am especially passionate about maths, having spent two years working as a specialist maths teacher supporting students and staff. I live with my partner Dean who is from London. When I'm not teaching I enjoy walking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Pou- Te Ao Māori

Travis Cooper

Nga mihi ki a koutou,

Ko Whakapunaki toku Maunga,

Ko Hangaroa, Kaitarahae, Ruakituri nga Awa,

Ko Te Reinga toku marae,

Ko Takitimu toku Waka,

Ko Ngatikahungunu ki Wairoa toku Iwi.

I am privileged to be teaching at Haeata Community Campus which is situated in the heart of Aranui where I have lived for 20+ years. For anyone who knows me, Children have always been my passion, I love planting the seed of knowledge and watching them grow and strongly believe that this has come from my bilingual training. . 

I am the father of 7 children, Anthony, Vincent, Kristal, Sapphire, Tatiana, Travis jnr and Charlotte, Racheal my beautiful wife is my rock and I adore each and every one of them.

No reira e hoa ma

Anei nga taonga ka homai kia matou,

Awhinatia i a ratou e,

Nga kotiro, nga tama, nga tamariki

Tena koutou

Tena koutou

Tena koutou katoa.


Alicia Poroa

Ko Tainui toku Waka

Ko Taupiri rawa ko Puke Tapu toku maunga

Ko Waikato toku awa

Ko Tainui toku iwi

Ko Ngati Te Ata toku Hapu

Ko Nga Tai e Rua toku marae

No Tuakau ahau

No Spencerville toku kainga inaianei

Ko Alicia Poroa toku ingoa


I have taught in New Zealand and in England both secondary and primary school.

I have recently obtained a Postgraduate certificate in Future Education and anticipate furthering this into a masters.  I have three children and a partner.  I love yoga.


Dallas Matoe

Tēnā koe. My name is Dallas Matoe (Ngā Ruahine/Ngāti Ruanui). My speciality teaching areas are in Visual Arts, Design, Technology and Māori Art. I come from a background as a freelance artist and designer and am proud to be now teaching at Haeata Community Campus.


Brittney Coutts
Kia ora! I am excited to be a part of the Haeata whanau and help akonga discover their passions. My passions include biology, chemistry, and psychology, but I look forward to being involved in many areas and continuing to learn. I am originally from Ontario, Canada where I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at McMaster University.  I came to New Zealand to complete my Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning, and look forward to remaining in this beautiful country to teach in innovative and engaging ways. I'm interested in genetics, travel, and reading interesting books, and am always open for conversations about the future of learning.

Joe Baxter

My name is Joe Baxter. I find myself back home in Ōtautahi after having lived and worked away in other parts of Aotearoa and abroad for some years. My professional background is in English and Drama teaching. I am excited to be here at Haeata where students really have the opportunity to grow through their own interests and passions. I have a love of being active and outdoors.

Carolyn Leeson

Kia Ora, my name is Carolyn Leeson and I am excited to be joining the Haeata whanau. I have recently returned to teaching after having a career break to raise my 3 gorgeous kids and run my own Pilates business. I have previously taught at Avonside Girl's High school and a school in Ireland where I lived for 7 years. I love teaching Physical Education, Health and Maths.  I enjoy teaching akonga of all ages and hope to empower young people to aim high and achieve to the very best of their ability. My passions include Pilates, Basketball, Netball, Camping with my whanau, the beach and hanging out with all my animals on the lifestyle block I share with my whanau.

Clark Williams

Kia ora 

My name's Clark, I grew up on the Kāpiti Coast and went to university in Palmerston North so this is my first stint living in the South Island. Before Haeata I was teaching in the Cook Islands at Nukutere College. I learnt so much in the Cook Islands, the culture was so strong that the community and school blended together seamlessly. The past year I spent traveling, working as a photographer/designer. I like mountain biking, getting in the ocean and creating art, building things!


Saskia England

Kia Ora, I'm Saskia and I grew up in the Lyttelton Harbour, near Christchurch, but my family roots come from the Netherlands.

I trained at the University of Canterbury in English, Classics and History, and then did my Masters of Teaching and Learning there as well.

I love to spend my time travelling and hiking with my husband Hamish. I also enjoy art and craft, drama, reading, writing, and learning new skills.

Justine Wright

Kia ora koutou, my name is Justine Wright and I have been teaching at Wainoni Primary School for the last 16 years in the Senior School. I have loved teaching here and being a part of this amazing community. I am excited to be able to continue my journey in teaching with this wonderful opportunity to be involved in Haeata Community Campus from the very beginning and to meet the rest of the Haeata team. I love my job working with children and helping them to discover new things, develop their skills and have new experiences. I also love walking, animals, spending time with friends and being outdoors as much as possible.

Courtney Brown

Kia ora! I have lived in Ōtautahi since I was four and LOVE the east side. I believe in whānau tahi; family first and one of my favourite things to do when I'm not teaching is hang with my niece and nephews. I love being a kaiako in the Tuakana whānau and my biggest passion is encouraging ākonga to express who they are through toi ataata; the visual arts. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 


Kane Stewart

Kia ora whānau,

I have recently trained to be a secondary school teacher after previously working in a video game studio. I bring a passion for entertainment, self development, startups and community building into my practice. What excites me about Haeata are the genuine relationships that are formed and the trust we have in our ākonga and kaimahi to do the right thing. I hope to help create an environment that ākonga, kaimahi and whānau will meaningfully grow.

Kaye Nordstrom

Kia ora koutou whānau,

Ko Kaye Nordstrom tōku ingoa.

I have been teaching since 1994 in Christchurch and Auckland. My biggest passion is teaching and facilitating learning with young people.

I am married and have two daughters aged 4 and 5. I am proud to be an East-sider, having lived in South Brighton for 14 years. I run a part-time venture, working with youth with adapted needs during the school holidays.

I have spent the last two years relief teaching at Haeata and I am extremely excited about teaching here this year. I look forward to the year ahead.

"E waka eke noa"

Sue McLachlan

Kia ora, Talofa lava.

I was born and raised on the Canterbury plains, teaching at Aranui, Hillmorton and Hornby High Schools and most recently Hagley College where I set up the School of Music and the School of Apps. I have also lectured in Music at the University of Canterbury and taught Itinerant and Preschool Music lessons. I have a passion for working with Gifted and Talented students, finding pathways for students and teaching with technology. I play the saxophone, flute and clarinet and have two teenage children at home. I am very excited to be in the Year 11-13 hub at Haeata.

Laura Kuggeleijn

Kia Ora, I’m Laura, born in New Zealand, I have Dutch, Scottish & Māori Ancestry. I have lived all over the North Island , calling Manawatu (Dannevirke), Hawkes Bay (Napier) & Bay of Plenty (Rotorua, Ohope , Mt.Maunganui) - Home. I am new to living in Christchurch. I have a love for the ocean, outdoors , sports , creating and connecting. The beach is my happy place - New Brighton is my new Surflifesaving Club , where I compete in Surfboat Rowing in summer. Gyming, exploring and playing Netball in winter. I have a Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree with Honours from Masssey ,Wellington where I focused on abstract painting, sculpture and site specific works using photography and mixed media. I have worked for many years in The Gym & Fitness Industry in Sales as well as being a Nanny , Teacher aide and Sports Coach for; Cricket, Hockey, Netball , Basketball ,Swimming and Rowing. I’m stoaked to be starting my teaching career here at Haeata where I get to work with the young glorious humans to  help them discover their talents and passions.

Mark Hamer

Kia ora koutou, ko Mark Hamer toku ingoa.

I was brought up in the top of the South Island in Nelson, New Zealand. I moved down to live in Canterbury ten years ago. I studied at Canterbury and Oxford University completing a master of health sciences, bachelor of education, and post graduate diploma in teaching and learning. I have worked at a variety of educational institutions since graduating. I am passionate about utilising digital technology to enhance learning and teaching Physical Education and Health. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, playing sports and being active in the outdoors.

Rebecca Hodge

Kia ora! My name is Becca and I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. I have recently completed a Bachelor of Science in education, with a focus on Social Studies and a minor in special education from the Pennsylvania State University. Travel has always been a passion of mine, so I jumped at the incredible opportunity to teach at Haeata. I enjoy spending time outdoors and plan on continuing my travels much more in the future. 

Te Iwingaro Wairau
Tēnā koutou kātoa, Ko Te Iwingaro tōku ingoa. I currently teach in the Haeata Sports Performance Programme here at the school. Coaching and teaching history and rugby league is my passion and i coach the Senior/Year 9 and 10 Rugby League team and i am currently the Southland Rams Head coach. During this time i am completing my masters in athlete well-being which has opened a pathway into the well-being officer for NZRL 16 and 18 years rugby league teams.





Keri Mahuika -Hapori Administrator

A little about myself, I have an amazing supportive husband and 5 beautiful girls who I am extremely proud to call my family.  I am also part of the celebration church family which is big part of who I am why I do what I do. I started working at Haeata last year and have loved every step of this journey. I love the staff and amazing students here at Haeata and look forward to seeing the success this school will bring to our community for the many generations to come.


Melissa Pierce Hapori Administrator

Kia ora, My name is Melissa Pierce and I feel very lucky and blessed to be here at Haeata Community Campus working as a Kaiawhina.  I started my Haeata journey in Hikuawa in 2017 with the new entrants and now in 2018 I’m currently in Kaunuku with years 3-6. I love the connections that I have made with the students, their whanau and the wider community.  I love my job and I love Haeata!

Ra Waaka
Services Academy

I am the  instructor of the Services Program at Haeata, an ex Territorial/Regular force soldier and army training instructor. I have over 17 years military experience that I am passionate about sharing with students.

I have worked with at risk youth at Te Puna Wai Youth Justice South Facility, as a instructor for the M.A.C and LSV programs held at Burnham Military Camp.

Finally I worked as the Aranui Services Academy Director since January 2013.

Rodney Flavell- Whānau Liaison

Kia ora! I have had a wonderful year getting to know the awesome ākonga and staff in Kaunuku and the school. I love sports, being outdoors, and coaching, especially softball.


Erana Taiaroa

My name is Erana. I was born and raised on the east side and still reside here as this is where my heart is. I am married and have a 2 year old son with another little miracle on the way. I was currently working at Aranui Primary School and I'm excited to continue this journey working with tamariki at Haeata!


Maria Kahukura

Originally from Waikato moved down to Christchurch in 1999. I have a certificate in mental health and did a diploma in Maori health. I have worked in Te Puna Oranga in this role I helped student seek alternative education from mainstream. I have a passion to support Tautoko students into helping them find a pathway to their future and education. 

Renee Carter

Hi, I am relatively new to my Kaiawhina role (started September 2018) but have been part of the Haeata

family as a parent since the beginning. I have 3 children that go to Haeata and a partner. We love being part of the Haeata whanau, and

can’t wait what to see what the future holds for it. I love working with the akonga and learning with them. I am currently studying Teacher Support Cert

through the Open Polytechnic. My interests include reading , art , spending time with the family and I occasionally dabble in gaming with the kids.

Trudi Scott

Hi my name is Trudi Scott and I'm a Kaiawhina. I am excited to be working with such great people and wonderful tamariki.

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