We are excited to explore a flattened leadership model - recognising the depth and capability we have within the school. This team is a significant group of individuals committed to seeing our school achieve great outcomes.

John Petrie


Years ago whilst I was on holiday with close family friends, a friend declared, “I have come to realise if my children get one great teacher in their life they are lucky”. Whilst I grieved at the comment I have come to realise my mission in life is to create an environment where teachers can move from being successful to significant. Significant teachers bring their passions to the classrooms, they are risk takers, innovators and restless with the status quo. Release the creative, inspiring teachers to position their teaching on “the edge of possibility” is what makes my day. I am convinced all children are endowed with seeds of greatness. My responsibility is to create an environment where children and their teachers can flourish. To quote Picasso All children are born artists - the problem is to remain one. The environment where this best occurs is one where innovation and creativity is king, there are powerful tools at the disposal of the learner and the delivery is through an authentic real life learning context.

I joined Huapai at the end of 2016. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such open-minded and child-centred staff.

The foundations of creativity, curiosity, imagination, risk taking and collaboration is in our bones and part of our human nature and experience - Yong Zhao

Barbara Flavell

Deputy Principal | Oversight of Specials Needs (SENCO), Student Welfare, Reporting Practice
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." - L. P. Hartley

Keryn Annan

Deputy Principal, In School Leader (col) and Assessment & Reporting Practice

I have been told that I am a “born teacher” but this is not the case. If anything, I was born a learner, and along the way I learned how to teach. In fact, my teaching style and techniques are evolving daily as I learn through professional development, by studying my peers, and most importantly by listening to my students. To me, a large part of teaching is figuring out how people learn. I am passionate about education because I am a constant learner myself.

My personal style of teaching brings enthusiasm and authenticity into the classroom, to increase learning motivation and engagement. I teach with a contagious smile and open personality that helps me interact with my students as I guide them through the learning process. The relationship I build with students is a key to success. It is dependent upon openness, trust, accessibility and commitment. Learning success is the result of high expectations, nurturing and mutual responsibility. The learning environment I work in inspires and challenges, yet it is safe. Ideas

"I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment." Paul Wellstone

Sophie Bartlett

Assistant Principal and Assessment & Reporting Practice

As a learner I am motivated through new challenges, feedback and the success of others. I strive to provide an inclusive, fun,  learning centered environment where ideas are challenged and learning is balanced with creativity and a will to succeed. I have a strong sense of self-belief about learners and am committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. It is truly rewarding seeing growth in the people that I work with.

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn" - Phil Collins

Maree Lloyd

Assistant Principal, School Wide Driver - Sports, Culture and Leadership Development

In order to teach, we must continue to learn.  As a teacher in the 21st century, we must accept that we are not simply a fountain of knowledge for our students.  Rather, we should aim to be ‘fire starters’ striving to spark the inferno of love of learning within a child.  When this passion has been ignited, all children are capable of great success.  I am an outgoing, supportive person who believes in telling it straight.  I know that children can see through adults quite quickly to find those who truly care about them and their lives.  I am grateful for the trust that students have in me to accept challenges and to take risks.  I believe that leadership in children needs to be nurtured carefully and that one of the greatest gifts we can give a child is to empower them to stand up, head held high and speak from the heart to positively impact others. 

Be kind, be humble, and strive for excellence.

Ana Taione

Associate Principal, In School Leader (COL), Team Leader Year 7 & 8, Inquiry. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

I’ve always been one who has believed in making every child I interact with, feel as important as the next. A philosophy I have always held close to the heart. Being truthful and treating people as I would like to be treated is a value I treasure. I am excited to continue on a journey where positive relationships are at the forefront, in order for our children to shine. Our children are faced with challenges unlike ours were as youngsters, and I am keen to continue in realising each child’s potential, and facilitating their achievements wherever they may lay.

 ‘He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’. (What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people).

“Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mohio koe. Kei te anga atu ki hea”. If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

Louise Moss

Associate Principal, Team Leader Year 4 and Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Kids are cool. Every single one of our students bring their uniqueness and sparkle to our lovely school community. It is wonderful to build relationships with each child, to help them become the best they can be for themselves and in our community. We love to make the learning journey fun and purposeful. At year 2 we love to develop empathy, team building, self-control and independence skills. We work to build on the foundations, to strengthen their core curriculum needs, but with a drive to develop opportunities for student voice, choice and wonder. It is spectacular working in a collaborative learning space, to teach the skills needed in our new and challenging world, with a skilled team of staff.

Be a dreamer. A doer. A thinker. See colourful possibilities everywhere and live the journey!!!

Emily Soong

Acting Assistant Principal and New Entrant Liaison

Kids are creative, thoughtful, hilarious, full of energy and bundles of joy. We all have memories of what school was like for us. Memories that whether good or bad, hold significance and shape our perspective of school life. I have a chance to help little ones create positive, fun and safe memories that fuel a love for learning. Encouragement and kindness are verbs for me that shape how I lead and teach. I believe that developing and maintaining nurturing relationships with students and parents for successful learning to occur, particularly as kids transition into school for the first time. As Dr Suess says “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” I aim to see every child in light of their uniqueness and celebrate them for who they are. Every child can learn. Every child learns differently. Every child is significant and can experience success.

"A person's a person, no matter how small' - Dr Seuss

Kelly Charteris

Learning Support Coordinator

Year 1 Team

Deidre Neill

Year 1 Team Leader
"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning". Brad Henry

Jo Redman

Year 1 Teacher
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." Aristotle

Suzanne Vogel

Year 1 Teacher
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn" Benjamin Franklin

Year 2 & 3 Teams

Lissa Elliott

Year 2 Team Leader
“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” - Dr Seuss

Cherie Bennett

Year 2 Teacher
"Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success". Swami Sivananda

Jessica Woodcock

Year 2 Teacher
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei. Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Jenelle Sutherland

Year 3 Teacher
"Believe you can and you are half way there." - Theodore Roosevelt

Anna Peterson

Year 3 Teacher
"Treat others as you want to be treated" Lou Holtz

Alexandra Prosser

Year 3 Teacher

Year 4 Teams

Louise Moss

Year 4 Team Leader & Associate Principal
Be a dreamer. A doer. A thinker. See colourful possibilities everywhere and live the journey!!!

Jenna Rutherford

Year 4 Teacher

Tracey Bough

Year 4 Teacher

Year 5 & 6 Teams

Tasha Gover

Year 5 & 6 Team Leader
"IMAGINE with all your mind. BELIEVE with all your heart. ACHIEVE with all your might." Anon

Joseph Du Plooy

Year 5 & 6 Teacher
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (Anonymous)

Ben Shrimpton

Year 5 & 6 Teacher
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan

Breanagh Chisnall

Year 5 & 6 Teacher
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J. K. Rowling

Year 7 & 8 Teams

Ana Taione

Year 7 & 8 Team Leader & Associate Principal
“Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mohio koe. Kei te anga atu ki hea”. If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

Stacey Wheeler

Year 7 & 8 Teacher
"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

George Te Tai

Year 7 & 8 Teacher
E kore e taea te whenu Kotahi Te raranga i te whāriki Kia mōhio tātou ki ā tātou. Mā te mahi tahi ō ngā whenu, Mā te mahi tahi ō ngā kairaranga, Ka oti tenei whariki. The tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one strand alone. For us to complete the tapestry we must connect the working together of strands and working together as weavers, then the tapestry will be complete.

Specialist Teachers

Renee Cosio

"Gratitude is the music of the heart, when it's chords are swept by the breeze of kindness" -Unknown.

Traci Mihaljevich

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr Suess, Oh the Places You'll Go!

Montessori Team

Support Staff

Emma-Jean Wilson

Teacher Aide
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. " Dr Seuss

Esther Young

Teacher Aide
May every child receive the love, guidance, challenge and encouragement they need to find and embrace their own unique awesomeness, and truely be the best they can be.

Gail Rowe

Teacher Aide
Bless those who see life through a different window and those who understand their view. National Autism .

Karen Hook

Teacher Aide & Medical High Dependancy

Stephanie Wales

ESOL & International Student Liason
Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. Rita Mae Brown

Cathy Gray

The first to apologise is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, the first to forget is the happiest

Luke Kearney

Huapai Plus Programme Manager

Operations Staff

Jo Johnson

Business Manager
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Oprah Winfrey

Angela Trimmer

Office Administrator
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but there echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa.

Amanda James

Operations Support
Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. Zig Ziglar

Stella Smith

Office/Accounts Assistant
I've learned.. that it is not what I have in my life but who I have in my life that counts.

Garry Wells

Never forget what defines you as a person.

If you would like to contact the Board of Trustees, please email: hdsbot@huapaidistrict.school.nz

The Board of Trustees team is made up of the following:

Julia Cragg


Taranaki te manga, Aotea te waka, Kapuni te awa, Te Atiawa te iwi, Ngati Tu te hapu, Waiokura te marae, Paraukau te whare tipuna, Te Whiti o Rongomai te tangata, Niu Tireni Rei toku koko, Daphne Margaret toku kuia, Clive Ronald toku papa, Marlene Makarini toku mama, Ko Julia Makareta au

Rachel Hale

Parent Representative

Hi, my name is Rachel and I live in Huapai with my husband, Vince and our three children. Ethan and Austin are both students at Huapai District School and Amelia is at Jojo's.

I am Auckland born and bred and work as the PA to the Principal at Rutherford College in Te Atatu Peninsula. I have been working as a PA/EA for the last 15 years.

I believe that values education is an important focus for our kids. I also have an interest in special needs education, for students who struggle to fit into the everyday mold of school learning. Whether that’s due to learning difficulties or learning acceleration.

I hope my time on the board may help to grow an environment that makes our students feel supported, confident, engaged and passionate about learning in all aspects of their life.

Sarah McIlroy

Parent Representative

There's no vision I care about more than for every child to "be the best they can be" - this vision encompasses so much - resilience, self-esteem, creativity, and kindness - to name a few!

I really believe in our school and the path it is on to ensuring every child has the opportunity to be their best and knowing that being your best is different for every child.  Each and every child has their own strengths and it's from this that we can give children the opportunity to find their spark and passion.  It's through this that children gain confidence and a strong sense of self and with this can grow to be strong, independent, happy adults.

I’m a Chartered Accountant and enjoy running my own Accounting and Business Advisory practice here in Kumeu.  My experience in business has seen that success often comes from having a strong positive culture and it’s no different for a school - both for the kids, staff and not to mention the parents who are also a big part of our school community.  I’m enjoying being part of such a passionate team who are so dedicated to the continued development of our fantastic school.

Craig Hughes

Parent Representative

I’d like to introduce myself to the families of the Huapai District Primary School community. My name is Craig Hughes and I am the father of a Year 4 student who has attended HDPS since her 5th birthday. We have lived locally for 21 years and are extremely proud to call this area our home.

Our family has a vested interest in education, with my wife being an educator and myself a Police Officer of 28 years. The last 21 years of my career in the Police, has been spent on the Police Maritime Unit.

I look forward to serving the School, supporting the management team and staff to continue to develop as the school of choice for our community. This will create a school which promotes the belief that your child is; ‘the best they can be’.

Will Eastgate

Parent Representative

Kristian Cook

Parent Representative