Staff

Your 2021 Leadership Team

Ms Kaukau
On Study Leave
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
Acting Principal 2021
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 Denise
Learner Support Co-ordinator
Kia Ora! My name is Denise Welsh, I am new to Papakura Intermediate this year and will be a Learning Support Coordinator for the Papakura Community of Learning. I am Cook Island Maori, I grew up in Otara, Manurewa and on the GC in Australia. I have been teaching for 8 years in Māngere, most recently specialising in The Arts and Digital Technology. I do Crossfit for a bit of fun and enjoy making memories with my whanau, my partner and our four beautiful children.

Whaea Oriana
Assistant Principal
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 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.
Mrs Wilson
Team 5 - Mansell 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.
Ms Harpur
Mansell Whānau Leader, Team 4 - Mansell 2/3
Kia ora, I’m Mel Harpur and I am Mansell Zone Whanau Leader. I hail from the Mighty Manawatu of Maori (Ngai Tahu) and Irish descent. A country girl at heart I moved to rural Waikato four years ago with my partner and four children. This is my second year here after 9 years around the corner at KRS, and a few years at other South Auckland Schools. I am privileged to be continuing on this journey of discovery with you and yours in 2021.
Miss Thomas
Tech Whānau Leader, STEAM
My name is Rebecca Thomas. I have taught in a number of schools across Auckland prior to joining the P.I. team. 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 am looking forward to teaching soft materials for the first time.

Your 2021 Technology Teachers

Miss Cheng
Visual Arts/Food Technology
Kia ora! My name is Vila Cheng and I have been here at P.I. since 2016 in a few different roles with lots of learning and lols along the way. I am half Cambodian and Thai with a sprinkle of a few other Asian flavours, but pretty much a Kiwi at heart. I love spending time with my family and friends - just being anywhere they are. I also love creation and all things creative. This year I am co-teaching visual art and food tech and looking forward to an amazing year!
Whaea Yovandi
Food Technology and Visual Arts
Goeiedag julle. I am Whaea Yovandi and proud to be the Food Technology teacher here at P.I. for my second year. I am South African and came over to your beautiful New Zealand with my husband and two boys in December 2019. I love reading, going on new and exciting adventures and spending time with my family and friends. I am also very proud of my culture and language, Afrikaans.
Whaea Pip
Music
Hey everyone! My name is Philippa Heger and this is my second 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.
Mrs Jones
Visual Arts
My name is Erica Jones (Mrs. Jones) and this year I am returning part time after having my baby boy doing specialist visual arts with the P.I. core teams! I live on the beautiful Pohutukawa Coast with my husband, our children, 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!
Whaea Shanandore
Biotechnology/Matauranga Maori/Food Technology
Kia ora. My name is Shanandore. I am of Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto & Ngāti Awa descent. I am a grandmother and mother. I was raised in Papakura, went to Redhill, Papakura Intermediate and Papakura High School. I left school at 16 only to return as an adult developing a passion for science and math through outdoor education in the moana/sea, ngahere/forest and the accompanying flora and fauna. I love counting fish, kina and tuangi but more importantly ensuring we have enough for future generations. More recently I’ve developed an interest in technologies such as Internet of Things and live environmental data management. I’m looking forward to being apart of the team that supports our youth as tomorrow’s leaders (in areas of life that they love).
Mr Marrett
Construction
Hi, my name is Christopher Marrett and I am in my 30th year of teaching. I started my career in Wellington and slowly made my way up the North Island. I began my Teaching as a primary teacher then I moved into Materials Technology as that is where my true passion is. When I’m not teaching I am often fishing and sailing. I am looking forward to meeting the PI community and having loads of fun.

Kaino Whānau

Matua Kaelim
Teacher: Team 1 - Orange/Green Zone
Kia ora, My name is Kaelim Donnelly (Matua Kaelim). I grew up in Otara/ Flatbush but was educated in East Auckland and completed my bachelor at education at the University of Auckland. I am the oldest of 5 childrens so being a positive male role model has always been a big motivation for me and has had a major influence on my passion for educating the younger generation with lifelong skills. I am a proud Maori and Pakeha teacher whose ancestry line originates from Ngati Porou. I am privileged to be starting my teaching career here at Papakura Intermediate!
Mr Brachi
Teacher: Team 1 - Orange/Green Zone
My name is Matt Brachi, and I am excited to be joining the Papakura Intermediate team this year. I was born in England but grew up in West Auckland before moving to Papakura with my wife seven years ago. My curriculum passions are Science, Technology, Maths and Drama/Filmmaking. Over the summer break I was lucky to take part in a teacher program run by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and I look forward to incorporating some of these ideas into learning this year.
Mrs Rosedale
Teacher: Team 2 - Blue/Purple Zone
Kia Ora, malo e lelei, talofa lava, greetings! My name is Naomi Rosedale and I am a core teacher (Team 2) in the Kaino whānau. I am in my seventh year of teaching with nine years educational research experience, at The University of Auckland. My husband and I live in Waiuku where we love to spend time kayaking and tramping with our two older children and our grand-children. I am a passionate educator with a particular interest in literacy and innovative digital teaching and learning. I know I have succeeded when students feel at home in the classroom, are accelerating in their learning and are following their passions! I am super excited for all that 2021 offers you and your families and I look forward to meeting you during the year.
Whaea Lillani
Teacher: Team 2 - Blue/Purple Zone
Kia ora, my name is Lillani Hopkins and this is my first year teaching at Papakura Intermediate. I was born in Palmerston North, however I was raised and completed all of my schooling in the UK. My passion has always been geography and geology, I love exploring Aotearoa's geothermal landscapes and a specific interest in New Zealand's igneous rocks. Ever since I was a child I dreamt of becoming a teacher, I am ecstatic that I have been able to achieve my dream at P.I. This year I am going to help students realise their potential, achieve goals and dream big.
Mrs Langkilde
Teacher: Team 3 - Library & Mansell Zone 1
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.
Mr Prasad
Teacher: Team 3- Library & Mansell Zone 1
Kia ora, Bula Vinaka and Hello. I am Mr Prasad. I was born and raised in Fiji. I have been a teacher for 15 years in fiji and moved to New Zealand. I have always enjoyed being a teacher. I like playing soccer and volleyball and watching sports like rugby ( I am from Fiji). I also like the outdoors such as hiking and farming.

This is my second year at Papakura Intermediate and I am super excited to be with the P.I. whanau. Am learning a lot this year being this is my first year teaching in New Zealand. I am trying to learn to play a guitar and the Maori language.

Mansell Whānau

Kōkā B
Team 5 - Mansell Zone 4
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Ko Horouta te waka, Ko Rahui te marae, Ko te Whanau a Rerewa, te Whanau a Karuwai nga hapu, Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi, No te Tairawhiti ahau. Ko Berdine Rickard toku ingoa. Teaching has always been a passion of mine ever since I was little. This year I am so excited to have the privilege of beginning my career here at Papakura Intermediate. Some of my absolute favourite things are Kapa Haka, singing, swimming, and the beach. But the things most important to me are my family, my friends, my students and my faith.

Learner Support

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.
Jocelyn Coppins
Office Secretary
Kia ora my name is Jocelyn Coppins and I joined the team at PI in September 2020. Born in Wairoa, raised in South Waikato, my parents moved to Auckland when I started intermediate school which I loved. I believe the most constant thing in life is change and learning can be a lifelong tool and passion that helps us to navigate those changes. I look forward to meeting you at the front office as the school secretary.

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.
Nadia Loveday
Learning Assistant
Kia ora, my name is Nadia. My Nan had the privilege of naming me and decided to name me after Nadia Comaneci who was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10.0 at the Olympic games. I am of Maori, Pakeha and Scottish descent. I am an only child between my Mum & Dad but I am also very fortunate to be the oldest of 9 other siblings; 8 brothers and 1 sister. I absolutely love kids and spending time with them and I think that comes from growing up surrounded by kids and babies. Growing up I was always surrounded by boys therefore can come across as having a hard strong exterior but I am super soft and mushy inside. I am a super chill, go with the flow, fun, loving person to be around who is on a massive self-love journey through 2021 and I’m so excited. Sport has always been a massive part of my life and something my family and I will always be super passionate about. 2 of my brothers have represented NZ in Football (Soccer). I played professional Netball for 5 years for the Waikato Magic, Northern Mystics and Northern Stars. In 2013 I was part of the NZ U21’s team and the on court Captain that won the World Youth Cup in Scotland. So I guess you could say I’m a World Champion!