Staff

Your 2020 Leadership Team

Ms Kaukau
Principal
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.
Ms King
Deputy Principal
Kia ora, my name is Amber King - Savage (Tupaea). I have been here at Papakura Intermediate since 2016. I have been teaching for 11 years and I still think it is the best job in the world. I love and appreciate the Arts: fashion, music, theatre all types of art. My favourite thing to do is to travel with my family; making memories, holidaying at beautiful beaches and soaking up the sun.

Whaea Oriana
Assistant Principal, Tech Team Leader
My name is Oriana Hansell-Pune. This is my 3rd year at Papakura Intermediate #TeamPI! I am German Samoan, was born in Auckland and have lived in Mangere Bridge, South Korea, China and Japan. My whānau, partner and I love to travel and explore new places, take amazing photos and have fun adventures by saying ‘yes’ to things that are new to us.
Ms Ifopo
Kaino Core Team Leader, Team 3
Talofa lava, I’m Karen Ifopo and I’m Samoan/Chinese and I was born and raised in Mangere. I have been teaching for over 20 years in NZ, and I also spent 5 of those years teaching English in Japan. I’ve been a teacher at Papakura Intermediate for 4 years and feel a strong connection to our community and still feel passionate about our learners and pushing them to be the best they can be! I enjoy travel, exercise, op shopping, theatre and good coffee.
Ms Harpur
Mansell Core Team Leader, Team 4
My name is Mel Harpur and I am Mansell Zone Team Leader. I hail from the Mighty Manawatu of Maori (Ngai Tahu) and Irish descent. A country girl at heart I moved to rural Waikato three years ago with my partner and four children, where I commute daily. This is my first year here after 9 years around the corner at KRS, and a few years at other South Auckland Schools. I am privileged to be embarking on this journey of discovery with you and yours, a journey that will allow us to delve deeper into the world around us, promising an amazing ride of exciting and new adventures.

Your 2020 Technology Teachers

Whaea Yovandi
Food Technology and Visual Arts
Goeiedag julle! I am Yovandi Allnutt and I have travelled all the way from South Africa to be a part of this amazing P.I whãnau. My husband, Vincent, and our two boys, Patrick-James and William-Connor, have joined me on this amazing adventure. We are loving New Zealand with all its beauty and kind-hearted people. I love journaling, reading and spending time with my family.
Mr Pinnock
STEAM and Media Studies
Hi there! My name is Kris Pinnock. It is my second year teaching at P.I, and my eighteenth year teaching overall. This year I am the STEAM and Media Studies teacher working with our students as well as the students from our client schools. I enjoy reading, am learning to speak German and French and am a football coach for a number of organisations.
Miss Thomas
Robotics and Coding
My name is Rebecca Thomas. I have taught in a number of schools across Auckland prior to joining the P.I. team this year. I have also been fortunate to teach in the United Kingdom and experience school life there. Some of my other passions include music, quilting, gardening and tennis. This year I will be teaching coding and robotics in Weta 1.
Whaea Pip
Music
Hey everyone! My name is Philippa Heger and this is my first year at Papakura Intermediate as a Music Teacher. Music has always been my passion and I love singing and playing the piano. Some of my other passions include crossfit, any activity involving the outdoors and is challenging. I am very lucky to have been brought up in the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Whaea Shanandore
Biotechnology/Matauranga Maori/Food Technology
(Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Awa)

Kia ora whānau

I am Whaea Shanandore. I come from the whānau, Brown. 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 Māori. 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 ?

Core Team

Mrs Jones
Teacher: Team 1 - Kaino Orange Zone
My name is Erica Jones (Mrs. Jones) and I am the teacher of Team One. It is my first year at Papakura Intermediate and I am so excited to be part of this fun and supportive school whānau. I have been teaching for 6 years in South Auckland and am looking forward to my new journey with P.I. I am passionate about design for learning and enjoy creating ways to engage and motivate students so they are ready and prepared for the next step of their education into secondary school! I live on the beautiful Pohutukawa Coast with my husband, 13-year-old stepdaughter, and my two dogs. We love living at the beach and spend any spare time swimming, kayaking, fishing and anything else on or around the water! Feel free to pop in anytime to discuss anything regarding your child, I have an open-door policy and look forward to meeting you all at some point through the year!
Ms Chuang
Teacher: Team 2 - Kaino Green Zone
Kia ora, Talofa, Mālō e Lelei, Konichiwa, Nǐ Hǎo! My name is Ms Chuang (Jane Chuang) and I am excited for my second year as part of the Papakura Intermediate whānau as a Core Curriculum Teacher for Team 2. It’s going to be a fun year ahead! Here is a poem about myself: Jane Passionate, determined, and caring Daughter of Jamie and Shelley Lover of cheese, sushi and rugby Who feels hopeful in her students’ future Who finds happiness in laughter and lazy Sundays Who loves her family, friends and church family Who gives time, wisdom and baking Who would love to see more of Europe and Africa Who loves to wear jandals and summer dresses Teacher of Papakura Intermediate Chuang
Ms Ifopo
Kaino Core Team Leader, Team 3
Talofa lava, I’m Karen Ifopo and I’m Samoan/Chinese and I was born and raised in Mangere. I have been teaching for over 20 years in NZ, and I also spent 5 of those years teaching English in Japan. I’ve been a teacher at Papakura Intermediate for 4 years and feel a strong connection to our community and still feel passionate about our learners and pushing them to be the best they can be! I enjoy travel, exercise, op shopping, theatre and good coffee.
Mrs Finau
Teacher: Team 3 - Purple Zone
Kia ora,Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava and warm greetings to you all. My name is Tiulipe Finau. I am super excited to be a part of your child’s learning this year. As a beginning teacher I feel privileged to be a part of the P.I. team and working in a collaborative environment. I am of Tongan descent. Born and raised in the Pacific. I hail from a beautiful village known as Kolonga. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My family and I migrated to New Zealand in 1998 when I was about 12 years of age. In 2009 I got married and had our first born in 2010 then from there we ended up with 3 more kids but still needed to pursue my career in primary teaching. It was challenging but I eventually got there at the end of my 3 years. My interests are dancing, spending time with family and going to church. Home to Innovative learners and leaders is our school vision. My passion for my culture is beyond description. As we strive to commit ourselves to reaching our goals we will see ourselves succeeding in the future. I look forward to getting to know each individual student in our class and the whanau. Mālō ‘aupito
Mrs Langkilde
Teacher: Mansell Zone 2
Kia Ora, Malo e lelei My name is Chelsea Langkilde and I am one of the core teachers here at Papakura Intermediate. I am in my third year of teaching, originally residing from Papatoetoe Intermediate. Growing up and attending schools in South Auckland, I’m excited to continue my teaching journey in my own community of Papakura. I am Pakeha and Maori, my whanau is Ngati Maniapoto from Te Kuiti. My husband is Joey Langkilde who is Samoan and I am enjoying learning new cultural aspects through him and my new aiga. I enjoy spending time with family, having a laugh and dancing! I believe that my students will gain not only academic learning but skills that will produce lifelong learners and leaders. The aim is to create a comfortable and open whanau environment. That will lead students to be expressive and challenge themselves in various experiences. I look forward to meeting and connecting with the tamariki and whanau of Team 5 this year.
Mrs Wilson
Team 7 - Mansell Zone 4
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.
Mrs Foliaki
Teacher: Team 6 - Mansell Zone 3
I was born in Auckland but moved around many places in New Zealand when my father was in the Air Force. When I was five years old, my family moved overseas to the Middle East where I continued my Education until I returned to Aotearoa to obtain my Bachelor of Communication degree. During my University study years, I was a volunteer English teacher in a Tongan high school and tutoring English to Arabic students in the UAE and this made me decide on the teaching career path. I moved to Christchurch due to my partners work and to be closer to his family. During that time, I undertook the Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury. We decided to make the move back to Auckland as we really missed this vibrant city, and we feel we are home. I love travelling, learning about new cultures and new languages. In my spare time, I love to read a good book, go to the beach, try new food and spend time with my partner, family and friends. I am really looking forward to teaching this year at Papakura Intermediate. I look forward to meeting all my students and whānau. I would like my class to understand the world and be global citizens in a rapidly changing world to gain critical listening and thinking skills and see themselves as lifelong learners who can reach your own goals and dreams – I am going to help you achieve this! I want you to come to class every day and be excited to be here, to be excited about learning every day and to make new friendships and also feel like you are able to talk to me.
Mātua Jason
Teacher: Mansell Zone 5
Kia ora my name is Jason Downes (Mātua Jason) and I am so excited to be a part of the whānau here at Papakura Intermediate. I am an experienced teacher and this will be my second year here at Papakura Intermediate. We have some exciting learning opportunities coming up this year for your child which is going to make this year a real exciting one for all here at Papakura Intermediate. I come from two little settlements in Te Tairawhiti, Muriwai and Māhia which are both south of Gisborne city. I have 4 children, Mikayla, Jayden, Mea-Aloha and Karoha and my beautiful hoa rangatira (fiancé) Pepe who is a teacher also. My family is most important to me and I spend quality time with them whenever possible. I am passionate about sport, Kapa haka, music and learning. I am currently in the midst of studying for my Masters in Education at Massey University, which is very challenging but very rewarding all the same. I am looking forward to the 2020 learning journey your children and I are about to embark on. So please come in and say “hi”, don’t be shy, the doors are always open. Nga mihi ki a koutou i tēnei wā That is all for this time Kia ora mai tātou Greetings to you all Mātua Jason

Learner Support

Whaea Saskia
Learner Support Coordinator
Kia ora Whānau, I am Saskia (Whaea Saskia), I am the new Learning Support Coordinator for the Papakura Community of Learning. I look forward to working with you all in this exciting new role. I am also very passionate about Visual Arts, my two small dogs and drinking tea! You can find me in the Whānau Fono Space.
William Chiyesu
SWIS
Kia ora, my name is William Kajinga Chiyesu I come from a land locked country called Zambia in Southern Africa. I am the SWiS worker here at Papakura Intermediate, the best school in the world. I enjoy spending time with my family and fishing. I spend lots of time at the beach in the summer time with friends and family. I love music and I like to think that I am a good singer but I know I'm great at dancing. I love traveling and my wish is to one day go to space and visit the International Space Station.

Support Staff

Karen Knowles
Office Manager
I have lived in Papakura most of my life. I was born in Whakatane and moved to a farm in Mangere where I attended Mangere Central School. When we moved to Papakura I went to Edmund Hillary School for six months while Kelvin Road School was being built and I was then a foundation pupil at the new KRS. I attended Papakura Intermediate and Papakura High Schools. Before having my children I travelled and worked overseas. I have been working at PI for 20 years and was very pleased to meet up and work with my old teacher Mr Hogan! It is really great to be working here and meeting the children of the students who were here when I first started in my role as School Secretary.
John Fecteau
Caretaker

Learning Assistants

Jane Poki
Learning Assistant
Hi my name is Whaea Jane. I hail from Gisborne and have lived most of my life in Auckland. After many years my family and I settled in Papakura. Being here at Papakura Intermediate as a Learning Assistant for 2 years has been and still is an absolute joy. From doing the Fast Forward Reading Programme with students to a variety of other skills I’ve learned and shared along the way, like making fried bread for our events.
Jassbo Setefano
Learning Assistant
Kia ora and Talofa lava. I was born and raised on the island of Savaii, Samoa. My family and I migrated to New Zealand in 2017. I have been teaching for 16 years in Samoa, mostly in Year 8. I started as a Learning Assistant at Papakura Intermediate in 2018. My role is to assist teachers in the classroom and teaching the Fast Forward Reading Programme. I am very passionate about making a real difference to young people’s lives through teaching, sharing and assisting. It is very exciting to experience and learn about different cultures here at P.I.. I love sports, going to church andI enjoy reading.
Israel Hoterene - Rakete
Learning Assistant
Kia ora ko Iharaira taku ingoa engari kei te kura ko izzy taku ingoa. I come from the North. I have been working here at P.I. since term four last year. I love working here with amazing people. My passion is Te Reo Maori. I am a proud Ngatihine maori and stay true to Te Reo o Ngatihine. I am excited for this year, meeting new students and helping them out where I can.