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.

Senior Management

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.

Teaching Staff

Tania Manuera
Teacher : Team Manuera - Orange Zone
My name is Tania Manuera and am an ex-student of Papakura Intermediate. I have been teaching here since 2015. Born and raised in Papakura I have always admired how vibrant and diverse our community is. Prior to teaching, I worked as a freelance makeup artist until I had my son Dallas in 2010. I graduated with a Bachelor of teaching in 2013, and have been dedicated to support each and every one of my students, strive for personal excellence. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, travelling, looking for adventure, painting and anything related to food!
Lisa Wilson
Teacher : Team Wilson - Green Zone
My name is Lisapeta Wilson, I have the privilege of being a part your child’s learning journey, here at Papakura Intermediate. I am excited to learn from our staff, our community and our students. Born and raised in Mangere, it has always been my dream to be a teacher. My grandparents migrated from the beautiful islands of Niue and the Cook Islands, I am very proud of my heritage. I am married and have 3 children, two girls and a boy. My family, my faith, and the relationships I build around me are what is most important to me. I enjoy travelling, reading, spending time with my whanau and dancing! I have a passion to see my students achieve all goals and challenges set before them, and I believe that no dream is too big.
Sanjay Singh
Teacher : Team Singh - Purple Zone
My name is Sanjay Dhawan Singh. I was born and raised in Rakiraki, Fiji. I am the eldest of 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Ko Mandir toku marae, ko Sanatan toku hapu, no North Indian ahau. I have a 15 year old son who is in Year 10 at Keebra State High School, Australia. I always wanted to be a school teacher and have taught in Fiji before coming to New Zealand in 2004. I love learning about tamariki from diverse backgrounds and how they learn best. I always strive to help my tamariki to lead their learning and set goals in their lives. It is a pleasure for me to teach here at Papakura Intermediate and I am looking forward to working with whanau to inspire our students to have bright futures, be leaders of tomorrow and innovators of new ideas.
Karen Ifopo
Teacher : Team Ifopo - Blue Zone
Talofa lava, my name is Karen Ifopo. I am Samoan and I grew up in Mangere. I have taught for a number of years in Mangere and Papatoetoe schools. I have also worked overseas in Japan for 3 years where I taught English to Senior High School students and nursing students. This is my second year at Papakura Intermediate and I am excited to be here again in such a wonderful school and community.
Catherine Petersen
Project Based Technology/Music
I am South African by birth and completed my teacher's training in South Africa. My husband and I came to New Zealand in 2000 and we also have two daughters. In 2008 I decided to take a break from full time teaching and was asked to relieve for a week at Papakura Intermediate (then known as Mansell Senior School). I felt at home at the school and liked working with the kids and decided to stay on. Over the years I have taught Music, Performing Arts and Technology. It is also interesting to see how the school developed and changed (for the better) over the years. I feel privileged to be part of the transformation and am looking forward to see what is still to come.
Shanandore Brown
Biotechnology/Matauranga Maori/Food Technology
(Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Awa) I am Whaea Shanandore. I come from the Brown whānau. My father is Noel and my mother is Shan. We were raised in Papakura and lived on Tilbrook Street. I went to Redhill Primary, Papakura Intermediate and Papakura High School. I left school at an early age only to return to education as an adult. I discovered I had a passion for Marine and environmental sciences. I completed a Diploma in Marine Studies which led me to diving and traveling. This also led onto further things including a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Marine) and a Post-graduate diploma in te reo Maori. I then taught Maths and Science at Te Wharekura o Maniapoto for Year 9-13 students. During this time I also completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary - Science and Biology). I taught and developed the wharekura programs for 5 years. Since then I followed my heart back to Auckland landing myself a position as a Technology teacher back here at my old school; Papakura Intermediate. Funny how things come back round in a full circle; the circle of life 🙂
Villa Cheng
Art & Design
Kia ora! My name is Miss Cheng and I am part of the Technology Team, teaching Art & Design. I have been a teacher for five years and love anything to do with fashion and design. I am half Cambodian and Thai with a sprinkIe of a few other Asian flavours. I have a 15 year old daughter and we like to go to church, hang out with family and friends, eat, go to the beach, look at art, take photos, shop, watch movies and laugh!

Support Staff

Nga Bell
Learning Assistant
Karen Knowles
Office Manager
Starsim Simeki
Student Support (SWIS)
Zoe Shannon
Attendance Officer & School Secretary