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Kia orana Koe. Ko Kurahaupo te waka, ko Tapu ae o Uenuku te maunga, ko Wairau te awa, ko Rangitane te iwi, ko Ngati Mamoe te hapu, ko Omaka te marae. Ko Takitumu te vaka, Ngatangiia te oire, Turangi te awa, Ataera te anau. I am an Irish descendant of the Cahill family and of Scottish descent of the Skudder family. My first principal position was in Rarotonga, and I am very thankful to lead our Tairangi School community who are welcoming, engaged and share their rich diversity, experiences and expertise. I look forward to adding my expertise to that of our committed staff to make Tairangi an even richer school and community. Read more here.
Junior School Teacher and BoT Representative
My name is Viv Townsend and I am a year 1/2 teacher here at Tairangi School. I have been on the Board of Trustees since 2014. I am married with two sons and we all work and study in NZ. I like to read and do outdoor activities like walking and fishing. I love going into Wellington for all the great things that go on there. I have a lifestyle block that keeps me very busy at weekends and during the holidays. I love my job and still find it incredibly rewarding after 20 years of teaching.
Teacher Aide and English Language Learning Assistant
I am the teacher of the wonderful children in Room 6, which is a Year 3, 4 and 5 class.
I started my teaching career in 2006 and have been working at Tairangi School since 2007.
Outside of teaching I love spending time with my family and friends as well as going for walks and listening to music.
Deputy Principal, Junior School Leader, Classroom Teacher
Talofa lava. I live in Lower Hutt with my family. As a Deputy Principal I have the privilege of working alongside a dedicated and committed team of professionals at Tairangi School. I am currently Teaching NE & Year 1. Over the past 28 years, I have worked at Sacred Heart School in Petone and St Bernadette’s School in Naenae, Lower Hutt before I started as an Assistant Principal at Tairangi School in Porirua in 2007. I became the Deputy Principal in 2011. I believe that education of our children is a three-way partnership between home, the child and the school. It takes a village to raise a child as the proverb says. I have found the role of Deputy Principal challenging and very rewarding; working closely with the Principal, staff and the community to ensure the day to day operation of the school runs smoothly and the learning programmes cater for the diverse needs of all our children. I run a weekly Samoan class to provide opportunities for Samoan children to develop their first language and strengthen their cultural identity. You are most welcome to contact me if you want to find out more about our Junior Syndicate, school events, assemblies, language weeks and the Samoan class.. Fa’afetai tele.
Senior School Team Leader and Teacher
Kia Orana,ite aroa maata o te Atua.
I am Vaitini Taia but I am known by Tini. I was born in the deep South, in Bluff. I have lived in Aitutaki when I was younger and then moved to Invercargill, then Christchurch and finally wonderful Porirua.
I have one daughter who was a past student of Tairangi School. I have worked as a Teacher Aide for 10 years now and I have to say I have loved every minute of it. I enjoy working with a wide range of children of different ages and cultures.
Junior is a parent of our school and our Caretaker. Junior does all the jobs that most of shy away from, to make sure our school is well cared for and ready for our young people to learn every day. Junior takes great pride in his work and it shows in how great our school looks. Junior also coaches our school Rugby League Team in his spare time as well.
Lynley is a wonderful member of our school team, who is here to help us all. She makes sure the school continues to run smoothly each day and is the best person to speak to if you are not sure of anything about school. You will see her friendly smile in the front office each morning. She tells me and I agree that our parents are great and make her job a lot easier. I know I would be lost without her!
Office Administrator and Librarian
It is often the quietest people who have some of the greatest impact and this is true for Yvette. Her cheerful voice is the one you hear if your child is away, gently encouraging your child to come to school. Her efforts have a huge impact on learning as we can’t do our job if children aren’t here and she has a huge part to play in supporting parents to have your kids here every day. You may not know this, but she also runs our amazing library. This is the beating heart of our school Reading programme.
Hola! My name is Lucho Arca and I come from the land of the Incas, Peru in South America. I’ve been just over 43 years in Aotearoa and the last 12 years teaching at Tairangi.
I’m married to my beautiful wife Mariela and have 3 children: Angela, Olivia and Lucho with 3 mokopuna from my daughters but unfortunately they live overseas.
My favourite subjects are: Maths and Spanish. I also love teaching, reading action books, cooking and doing crossword puzzles.
Miss Smith returned to New Zealand after an exciting trip around Europe and Africa. Miss Smith is teaching in the middle school and sharing all of her wonderful experiences with her class. She also has the best catering connections which staff and students have had the privilege of tasting! Thank you Miss Smith.
Classroom Teacher: Release
Marina is one of our wonderful Teacher Aide team members. Marina can usually be found in the junior school supporting some of our youngest learners who need a little extra support. Marina always shows manaakitanga by checking to see other teacher aides have had a break during the day and helping our little ones around the school. Thank you Marina.
Kia ora, my name is John Green. I am married, have two children, a son and a daughter, and
three grandsons. My wife Donna is also a teacher.
I am privileged to be the teacher of our newest students as the new entrant teacher in
Room 7. I taught with Mrs Masina in Room 9 towards the end of 2017 and in Room 10 last
year prior to our move to Room 7 due to the classroom upgrade. In previous years I have
taught new entrants at West Park School and Pauatahanui School.
I am enjoying the opportunity to work with our newest students and their whanau as we
focus on developing their relationships, oral language, phonics, reading and maths and
generally in giving them the best start to their education that we can.