Teina Kaimahi

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Jess Kakoi

Kia ora and Talofa Lava.  My name is Jess Kakoi and I am returning to Haeata after three terms in 2019, working at the Ministry of Education in a secondment role as Special Education Advisor.  I return in the role as Kaiārahi - Diverse Education Leader in Teina.  This year I have also been studying the Specialist Teaching Programme, endorsed in Complex Educational Needs.  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 live locally in Aranui and am actively involved in the community, supported by my husband Sam and our three children, Eli, Octavio and Lilyana.  

Diverse Education Lead

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.



Pou Te Ao Māori


Anj Writsch

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. 

Aroha Lee

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 Lee ahau

Jason Eade

Kia ora. My name is Jason and I’ll be joining the Kaunuku community in 2018. 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.


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.



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.

Kym Thomson

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.


Mindi Spenner 

My name is Mindi Spenner and I have recently joined the Haeata Community Campus team. I’m honoured to have been chosen to join the teaching staff at this unique school in the heart of Aranui. While I am new to this school I taught for several years all over the United States before immigrating to New Zeleand with my family three years ago. We chose New Zealand for a family adventure and we are so glad we did. (I wasn’t born a Kiwi, but I got here as fast as I could! #Kiwiatheart). I believe everyone should LOVE being at school. I have four children, so spare time is scarce, but when I do get a free moment I go for long walks with our dog Pippa or practice the ukulele. Stop by and say “HI”- a favourite activity with the kids around Haeata is comparing what words we say differently and giggling at my accent, feel free to join in the fun!

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. 


Nik Tapa

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Nik Tapa toku inoga

He uri ahau nō Kahunngunu ki Wairarapa.

I am a mama of 5 and 2 moko.

I love speaking Te Reo everyday, and look forward to sharing awesome learning experiences within our Haeata Kōmanawa whānau whānui

Mauri Ora ki a tātou

Vanessa Burrell

Kia ora koutou

Ko Vanessa Burrell tōku ingoa

Nō Te Whanganui a Tara ahau

Engari Ko Ōtautahi tōku kainga ināinei


I live in Aranui with my whānau and our many pets. 

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Art Theory. I also have two Graduate Diplomas for Teaching.

I started teaching at Haeata in 2018. At first I was a kaiako in Kōrepo, (year 7 - 10) and then Tuakana (year 7 - 13). In 2020 I will be teaching in Teina (year 1 - 6).

I have enjoyed working collaboratively to support our ākonga in their life-long learning journey. My hobbies include art and dancing. I love to spend time with my whānau, swimming, road trips and connecting to nature.

Whāia te iti kahurangi
Strive for something of great value

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. 


Carlin McClay- Hapori Administrator

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. 

Katrina Fifita- Hapori Administrator

Kia ora and Malo e Lelei

My name is Katrina Fifita. I am excited to begin my journey with  Haeata Community Campus as an Administration assistant / Learning assistant in Hikuawa Hapori. My Philosophy in life is " Have a big heart to love unconditionally and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique" - D. B Harrop. In my spare time I enjoy  listening to music, going to the gym, watching movies and sporting events and spending quality time with family and friends. I am looking forward to meeting the tamariki,  whanau and also getting involved in the community.


Faasaina Ah Kam

Talofa Lava my name is Faasaina Ah Kam. I am very excited about working with the tamaiti and aiga at Haeata Community Campus this year, especially the pasifika community. 

Zara Phillips

Kia ora, my name is Zara. I've lived in Aranui my whole life. I worked in Hikuawa last year. I previously worked at Just Kids Preschool for 3 years. 

I have a son in Ihutai and I love being a part of the Haeata whānau

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

Aneta Ferris

I'm a busy mum of 4 boys who loves sport and spending time with my whanau. I enjoy sewing, bike riding and exploring the outdoors. I have been at Haeata since day one, It has been awesome to see the progress of the ākonga an a privilege to continue to be a part of that. My heart is for all tamariki to succeed in their gifts and talents, whether they are academic or sporting.

Kaelyn Brown Hepi

Naia te mihi Kia koutou Katoa. He uri ahau no ngā Iwi o Kai Tahu, Tainui He kāiawhina ahau ki te taha teina. Ko Kaelyn Brown-Hepi tōku ingoa. Kia ora. I love my culture and My tikanga māori , also enjoy working with the Tamariki and being apart of The Whanau o Haeata. 

Mauri ora.

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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