Board of Trustees

Tony Thompson
My name is Tony Thompson and I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Papakura Intermediate. I have been on the Board since 2011. My wife TJ and I have had a proud association with Papakura for over 35 years. Although originally from the Hutt Valley, my identity, social connections, business, and Church affiliations all in and around Papakura. I love the Kiwi outdoors and so I’m really into hiking/tramping/ water sports and mountain-biking. I’m passionate about protecting and improving our environment and I am Convenor of Wairoa River Landcare Incorporated. I have a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and I am currently the owner and Director of a small business which provides environmental services to industry. Above all else, I am passionate about seeing our young people achieve the best they possibly can, and to be responsible positive-contributors to our community. This is my main motivation for being involved on the Board at PI.
Rebecca Kaukau
Ki te taha o tōku matua - Ko Kauwhehei tōku maunga. Ko Tukituki me Papanui ōku waiu. Ko nga uri o Kurahaupo ōku waka. Ko Ngai Te Whatuiapiti tōku hapu. Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi. Ko Otane tōku hau kainga. Ki te taha o tōku whaea - Ko Upolu tōku motu. Ko Falealili tōku rohe. Ko Saleilua tōku papa kainga. Ko Nu’usafe’e tōku motu tapu. Ko Fanene te tangata Ko Hamoa tōku hau kainga. One of the things I am most proud of in life is being the principal of Papakura Intermediate, the best little intermediate whanau in Papakura where every learner can believe, strive and achieve success as themselves: tu rangatira! I have been immersed in a range of Auckland and Samoa schools - teaching, leading and providing core curriculum professional learning, as both a lead facilitator for Alison Davis’ literacy-based company and co-director of LEIS - Leading Educators Inspiring Samoa. I have a deep-driven desire to be my best self and awhi others to be their best selves in and for the world. My whanau lives in Mangere. We love people and places, culture and kai, learning and leadership.
Amber King - Savage (Tupaea)
Deputy Principal
My name is Amber King - Savage and I am the Deputy Principal here at Papakura Intermediate. I have been teaching for 9 years and still think it is the best job in the world. I am of Maori and European descent, my parents both hail from the beautiful Bay of Islands and I also have a strong connection to another paradise; Rarotonga. I love the arts; fashion, music, theatre, architecture and all types of art. Away from school my favourite thing to do is travel with my family; making memories, holidaying at beautiful beaches, soaking up the sun, eating good food and having a good laugh.
Oriana Hansell-Pune
Robotics / Coding
My name is Oriana Hansell-Pune (Whaea Oriana) and I am so excited to be part of the Papakura Intermediate whānau! More importantly, I am THRILLED to be your Assistant Principal AND tech teacher! It’s going to be a fun time full of lots of learning, new adventures, interesting challenges and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us.

I am German Samoan, was born in Auckland and have lived in South Auckland most of my life. I have also lived in South Korea, China and Japan. In my family I have a younger brother and my parents. My dad is a Principal at the School of Secondary-Tertiary Studies at MIT. My mum is also a Principal at Stanhope Road School. My brother lives in France in a town called Oyonnax. He is a professional rugby player there. He now has a baby, my nephew named Nolhan (the cutest baby in the world in my opinion!) I live in Weymouth with my partner, Iain who works for Stray Travel in the city. We like to travel and explore new places, take amazing photos of natural resources and have fun adventures by saying ‘yes’ to things that are new to us.

I really believe in being a lifelong learner. I love learning about things that interest me. At University I have studied Japanese, Digital Media (filming and editing movies), Teaching as well as Digital and Collaborative learning at The MindLab! I’m really looking forward to robotics and coding this year!


Roberta Tautari
Board Member
Kea Te Kani
Board Member
Kia Ora I am Kea Te Kani, I am Ngati Pou and have a lot of whanau in this community. I was born in the South Island and moved into Papakura 25 years ago. I work for Ngati Tamaoho doing Whanau Education Action Plans where I come alongside whanau to support them and their tamariki with learning strategies. I am very passionate about seeing our tamariki succeed in school and in life.
Taraia Rere
Board Member
Hi my name is Taraia Rere. I have 2 children. My son was a student at Papakura Intermediate last year and achieved well. I love being around family and friends and love spending time with them. I am from the Cook Islands and I love my culture. I am in my second term as a member of the Board.
Agalelei Vaka
Board Member
Enosa Auva'a
Board Member

Our teachers are dedicated and trained in the teaching of students in their early adolescent years in a safe and caring environment.

The Board of Trustees encourages a school programme of academic achievement first, combined with involvement in sports, culture, music and arts.

Programmes are in place to counsel and support students with learning challenges. All students are expected to show respect in all ways to staff, fellow students and visitors.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend board meetings. The board meetings are held at Papakura Intermediate School mostly on Monday nights at 6pm and dates for 2017 are as follows:

Tuesday March 14
Thursday May 4
Monday July 3
Tuesday August 22
Monday November 6
Monday December 4