Ngatai Walker

Appointed to lead Puketapu in 2016, Ngatai is an experienced educator, who was Deputy Principal at Inglewood Primary and with Core Education as Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator. Originally from Masterton, Ngatai grew up in the Wairarapa before moving to Taranaki.  Ngatai is a keen sports fan and coach. Believing strongly in growing positive citizens, Ngatai is a leader with a strong knowledge of teaching and learning and a passion for community and this year is continuing his own learning by attending Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki.

Taranaki born and bred, Corinne has a long term connection and love of Puketapu School. Corinne believes that our tamariki are taonga and acknowledges the gift whānau have given our school by placing their tamariki in our care. Corinne feels strongly about empowering students, colleagues and whānau and is a strong believer in hauora, recognising the importance of well-being physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Corinne loves music, travelling, a good book, plenty of time with family and friends and her mahi.

Whaea Shirlene has specialist interests in Mathematics, Science and Literacy and she is a super-creative person - she loves using fibres for creativity such as knitting and spinning and felting.

Truly one of the essential members of staff, Mr Quince looks after our fabulous grounds, keeping everything safe and tidy and working well. As well as being our Mr Fix-It around the school, he is also our IT guru, making sure our technology works correctly, iPads, computers and internet and the many BYOD devices onsite.

Shaina is a key part of our Learning Assistant team and part of our PB4L team, too. Recently Shaina has started her training to become a teacher.

Sandra is a key part of our Learning Assistant team, working with many students over the years.

One of the two friendly faces you see when you arrive in the office, Whaea Paula is a first point of contact for enrolments, messages or questions and takes care of much of the school’s administration. Originally from Taranaki, she spent several years living in London and now uses her corporate world experience to ensure the smooth running of the school.

Nicole is an energetic and passionate educator who loves to make learning fun and memorable. Nicole started at Puketapu School in 2018 and has also worked at a small country school before this. Building strong relationships is what she believes to be the most influential aspect of the progress of any child. Nicole feels that if students have a strong sense of belonging, have a choice/ownership in their learning journey, and have supportive relationships, they will reach their individual potential.

Michele is a key part of our Learning Assistant team, working with many students over the years - so many years that she left and came back again! Michele loves the people - adults and staff and loves being part of a great team. Away from school Michele loves knitting, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

A local girl who still lives in Bell Block, Louisa loves to read and to swim and enjoys teaching swimming during the summer months. Louisa’s mantra: “The kids that we teach may not remember what it is that we have taught them, but they will always remember how we made them feel, so I do my utmost to ensure that they always leave me with a smile on their face and a giggle in their heart.”

25 Dillon Drive,
Bell Block,
New Plymouth.

Main Reception
Phone 06 755-0973
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