Hikuawa Kaimahi

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Raukura - Assistant Principal

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Jess Kakoi

Kia ora and Talofa Lava, In 2021 my role is Raukura (Assistant Principal) with oversight in Hikuawa (Years 1-6), Diverse Education (supporting ākonga with additional learning needs) and He Korowai Manaaki (our school-wide positive behaviour management system).  I am the elected Staff Trustee on the Board of Trustees. I am passionate about education, supporting children and young people to achieve in learning and life.  Partnering with whānau to understand a child's strengths and uniqueness is important to me, to maximise learning opportunities and to ensure ākonga have everything they need to make progress and experience success in learning.   I am actively involved in the community, supported by my husband Sam and our three children.

Kaiārahi Year 4-6

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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.

Kaikōtuitui (Dean) Year 1-6

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Michelle Mahuika

Ko Tutoko te Maunga

Ko Makaawhio te Awa

Ko Uruao te Waka 

Ko Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio te Hapu

Ko Ngai Tahu te Iwi.


Kiaora, I have been working in education for the past 14 years in the Eastern suburbs of Otautahi. This year I have been privileged to be in a newly established role of Kaikōtuitui, I look forward to working alongside you and your whānau.

Diverse Education

Leonie Phillips

Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

My name is Leonie Phillips and I was teaching and leading within the Junior Team at Bromley School.  There 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. 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.




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Anj Wirtitsch

Kia ora.  Anj is my name and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to commence my teaching career at Haeata as a mature age beginning teacher.  With a vast diverse skill set behind me and including a number of years in the Adult Education space, I decided it was time to give back to the younger generation. In 2018 went back to University where I completed my Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning.  I share a love for learning. I have a great many interests in many learning areas which I am keen to share with our tamariki as they progress on their own learning journey, developing their interests, skills and passions.  Equally, I look forward to be working along-side our wonderful skilled Kaiako.  Originally from Australia, I have made Aotearoa home.  I am keen to improve my te Reo Māori and some of my interests include reading, travelling, walking along the beach, making things (designing and making my own clothes) and catching up with friends over coffee. 

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Blanche Head

Kia ora, I have lived on the East side of Christchurch all of my life, and have been involved within education in those communities, for 50 years. Although I have retired from my full time teaching position at Haeata Community Campus, I am not ready to leave the kura that I love, so coming back to do relief teaching in Teina, is perfect for me.


I am married, have three sons, four grandchildren, and one great-grandbaby.

Julie Perelini

Kia ora, Talofa and greetings. I'm Julie Perelini - usually known as Whaea Julie. I am looking forward to working alongside the staff and students at Haeata and helping to facilitate positive learning. My teaching career began 20 years ago at Aranui Primary and over this time I have developed a great love and respect for this community. (Yes, dinosaurs were roaming !!)  My spare time is spent with family - 3 adult children and 3 mokos, hand planing, reading and relaxing. Can't wait to meet and greet you all!

Justine Johnson

Kia ora, My name is Justine Johnson, and I am looking forward to starting my new role with Haeata Community Campus in the 0-3 hub in 2017. I grew up in Auckland, however, I have been very happy calling Christchurch my home for the past 8 years. Currently I work part time at Northcote School across all year levels, which has been a great start to my teaching career. In 2015 I graduated from the University of Canterbury as a mature student. I was lucky enough to finally fulfil my dream of becoming a primary school teacher after having my children; India (8) Reuben (10).Before I began my studies I worked in various administration roles in Auckland, Sydney and the Gold Coast. My whānau and I love camping, traveling and spending time with our friends.



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Kat Whitaker

Kia ora


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Katrina Flavell

Piki mai rā, kake mai rā.


Ko Katrina tōku ingoa.

E tipu ake au kei Ōtautahi kei raro i te maru o Aoraki me te mana o Ngāi Tahu.

Nō reira kei te mihi au ki te hau kāinga ā Ngāi Tahu, ā Ngāi Tuāhuriri.


It is with pleasure I introduce myself.  I have worked at Haeata since 2018  Prior to working at Haeata I was a kaiako at Aranui Primary School for 10 years.  It is such a privilege to work in this community.  


I have a passion to embed Te Ao Māori into all things ‘Haeata’.  I believe empowering tamariki Māori to know who they are and contribute to the world as Māori is essential to their success as Māori.  I also believe all tamariki, no matter what their heritage, should have a connection to te Ao Māori through language, tikanga and kaupapa.


I am currently working towards completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Language, Pedagogy and Culture at the University of Canterbury to grow my capability in this area.


In my own time I love gardening, spending time with my whanau and walking my kurī.


Mauri ora!

Kim Hay

Kia ora, I’m Kim, I grew up on the Eastside of Christchurch and was inspired to become a Kaiako by my first Primary school kaiako, because of the way she made me feel as a learner. After having my son, I followed my dream of becoming a teacher, by completing my degree at Te Tari Puna O Aotearoa and working in Early Childcare and Education at E Tipu E Rea for seven years. In 2017 I joined the Haeata/Hikuawa team and worked as a release teacher across the hapori. This year I have a full time position where I work to support and inspire the whanau and akonga of Hikuawa and the wider kura to learn, grow and follow their dreams.

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Lynley Ingham

Kia ora katou and hi.  My name is Lynley Ingham and this year I am one of the three Reading Recovery teachers working at Haeata.  I have recently moved north from Southland with my husband and two of our three children. For the past 10 years, I have worked as a Reading Recovery Teacher at several Invercargill schools. I love reading and I am passionate about working with young akonga and their whanau. I feel privileged to be able to work alongside tamaiti and guide and encourage them to achieve their full potential in reading and writing. 

Monique Lee

Kia ora! My name is Monique and I come to Haeata with a background of preschool and primary teaching in both Christchurch and England. I am excited to be involved with Haeata and passionate about ensuring akonga's needs are at the heart of everything we do. As an ex Discovery 1 pupil I am passionate about Haeata's unique modern learning environment that focusses on akonga's interests and passions at the forefront. In my spare time I like organising events, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, travelling and exploring our beautiful country. 

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini. 


Parintorn Varnakomala

Swadee karb, Kia ora and hello!

My name is Parintorn. I have taught at Haeata Community Campus for three years in Tuakana. I have the absolute privilege to be teaching alongside a great team in Teina for 2020. I am a powerlifter and I am affiliated with the Canterbury Powerlifting Association. I have represented New Zealand twice with both having placed second in those competitions. My goal in my sport is to claim my first international title. 


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Carlin McClay

I’m 23 years old and really love working with young people and helping them succeed in life that’s what lead to me to Haeata. I Have 3 Kids Aged 1, 2 and 4 So I am learning to not only be a great mother but a great Kaiawhina too.  

Lua Faletanoai

Talofa Talofa Talofa lava


O lo'u igoa o Piilua Faletagoai also known as Lua Fa'afoe, E toatolu (3) la'u fanau o lo'o ao'oga i Haeata Community Campus, Meshach (13 yrs old) Krystina ( 12 yrs old ma Bella (10 yrs old). E fiafia lava le loto ina ua taliaina o au e avea ma faiaoga fesosoani i le vaega amata ( yrs 1-3 ) 


Fa'afetai i le Atua mo avanoa ua tatala mo a'u aua se fesosoani mo nai fanau pasefika. Ina ia mafai ona a'oa'oina atili ia tatou gagana ae maise la tatou aganuu Fa'asamoa. Talitonu e le faigofie galuega aua se lelei a Haeata Community Campus. Ae māmā mea ua i le faatasi mai o le Atua i ai tatou. 


Soifua ma ia manuia

Keriata Kurene

Kia Ora Talofa ! 

My name is Keriata and I am an ESOL Kaiāwhina here at Haeata Community Campus. I am currently based with our babies in Hikuawa and our tamariki in Kaunuku. I was brought up in Wellington porirua, then moved to Samoa to experience the rich culture and indulge in the Samoan language. In 2007, my family and I moved to Christchurch, where I attended Central New Brighton, Aranui High School and the University of Canterbury. Last year I was fortunate to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Māori Indigenous Studies and Human Services. I love music, food, wearing no shoes, adventures, and all things nature. Im super excited and to work along side your tamariki on their journey to exploring through their eyes and their passions. 

Tara Taukiri

Kia ora ! I hail from the east! To be a part of the first year of Haeata has been one of the most rewarding, stretching, AMAZING experiences of my life. Our ākonga are resilient, brave, wonderful little humans and can’t wait to see what year two has to offer!

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Kyra Konia

Hi my Name is Kyra Konia

I moved to Christchurch 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay with my husband and daughter and have recently started as Kaiawhina.

I enjoy spending my time with family at the beach and walking tracks around Christchurch. 

I enjoy working at Haeata with the amazing children and staff and look forward to building on relationships and watching the children shine in the work they achieve.