Kōrepo/ Ihutai Kaimahi

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Raukura - Assistant Principals

Adam Hird: Year 11-13

Kia Ora, My name is Adam. 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 Malan: Year 7-10

Kia ora, I'm Natalie Malan.  I'm from South Africa and I 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!

Kaiārahi Year 11-13

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.

Kaiārahi Year 7-10

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.

Kaikōtuitui (Dean) Year 7-8

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.

Kaikōtuitui (Dean) Year 9-13

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.





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Anel van den Berg

Kia Ora, my name is Anél van den Berg. I arrived in New Zealand in 2020 and taught Mathematics at James Hargest College in Invercargill. I am privileged to be joining Haeata Community Campus this year and I'll be teaching Mathematics and Numeracy to Year 9-13. I have 18 years of teaching experience in South Africa and I am looking forward to becoming a part of this community and building relationships with my ākonga. Aroha Mai, aroha atu.

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Aroha Stevens

Tena koutou katoa

Ko Tapuae-o-Uenuku te maunga

Ko Waiau toa te awa

Ko Takitimu te waka

Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi

Ko Takahanga te marae

Ko Maru Kaitātea te whare tipuna

Ko Ngāti Kuri te hap

Ko Aroha Stevens ahau

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.

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Con van den Berg
Kia Ora, my name is Con van den Berg. I am the newly appointed Head of Performing Arts at Haeata Community Campus. I am passionate about performing arts and I am looking forward to creating opportunities for all those interested in developing their performing talents. For the past 21 years I helped discover and develop the talents of High school Garsfontein students in South Africa in my role as Deputy Principal in charge of all cultural events. I look forward to the opportunity to help our akonga shine on and off stage. Ma te huruhuru ka rere te Manu. 

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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.” 


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.


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Helen Lord

My name is Helen Lord. I am a born and bred Cantabrian and was brought up on a dairy farm and a sheep farm in a small country area called Dorie, near Rakaia. Although I was Primary trained, I have spent over 20 years as Head of Department of ESOL in Linwood College, and Rangiora High School. 

In addition I went overseas in 2005 till 2008 , to Mongolia where my husband was the Director of the Children's projects, with World Vision International.. I taught English language at the American School of Ulaanbaatar and being there was a life changing experience which still impacts me everyday.

I have 5 sons and 3 adopted Mongolian children, all now adults.I have 7 grandchildren and 2 more due in July. 

I am passionate about supporting those learning English as a second language and understanding the many changes in their lives. I believe school work should empower students for the real world, and I encourage students to learn as many life skills as possible.

My mantra for my life and to students would be to assume nothing, question everything, open your eyes, challenge the opposition, and start thinking. I hope my students will stand up and fight for those in need, or have no voice because I am very committed to human rights causes.

My hobbies include movies, reading, music, travel, and riding my ebike.

Nga Mihi Nui

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Jason Eade

Kia ora. My name is Jason and I’ll be joining the Kōrepo/ Ihutai community in 2021. I’ve previously taught at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school. I'm interested in technology, science, ICT, and design and often use these interests to create learning experiences for children that are interesting, relevant, and inspire new ideas. I love to longboard during my spare time and am often cruising around the city exploring.

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.

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Kym Thompson

Kia ora, Ko Kym Thompson toku ingoa. I am married with three sons aged 15-11 years old. My interests include socialising, playing board games, reading, technology, continuing academic study, learning Te Reo Maori and ‘glamping’, as well as taking my boys all over town to play their various sports. I have been teaching for 20 years both here and in Auckland. I value making relationships with my colleagues, students and their whanau and base my whole teaching philosophy around this. I love seeing ‘my’ tamariki grow in confidence and knowledge and enjoy challenging both them and myself every day.

‘Whaowhia te kete matauranga’. Fill the basket with knowledge.

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Nicki Knier

Kia ora, My name is Nicki Knier and I’m privileged to be part of the amazing team that makes Haeata as incredible as it is. Having been a chef / restaurant owner for many years before becoming a teacher, I am now the new Foods’ kaiako at Haeata, and empowering our ākonga to enjoy cooking, is my passion. Not only will I guide our tamariki into being resourceful and able to cook on a budget, I will nurture their confidence to become more adventurous in healthy, nutritional eating.


My greatest pride comes from catering for kura functions with our senior ākonga as these provide such authentic opportunities to consolidate, prove, and display their knowledge and skills. Those are the teaching moments that truly make my heart sing, when all the evidence points to how accomplished our ākonga have become. 

I feel very fortunate to be part of the Haeata whānau, being amongst those that walk the talk, in such spectacular surroundings

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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.

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.

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.


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!


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Gill Wisker

I was born and raised in Otautahi. I have four amazing teenage children. I love the outdoors, camping, sports, spending time with family and friends. I have been a Kaiawhina for more than 10 years over various schools. I love working with tamariki encouraging them to believe in themselves and help them learn with a sense of belonging and to feel proud of every small achievement. 

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. 

Trudi Scott

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