Staff

Principal

Rebecca 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.

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.
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!

Core Team

Amy Pye
Teacher : Team Pye - Green Zone
Lisa Wilson
Teacher : Team Wilson - Yellow 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.
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.
Annaliese McNally
Teacher : Team McNally - Orange Zone
Katherine Hartley
Teacher : Team Hartley - Purple Zone

Technology Team

Shanandore Brown
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 ?
Villa Cheng
Fashion / Passion Projects
Kia Ora! My name is Miss Cheng and I am part of the Technology Team. Over the past few years at P.I., I have been teaching Art & Design, but this year I will be teaching Fashion, which is one of my most favourite things! I love being free to create and enjoy seeing creativeness in others.

I am half Cambodian and Thai with a sprinkIe of a few other Asian flavours, but I've grown up in Mt Wellington and pretty much a Kiwi at heart ❤️

I have a 16 year old daughter and live with my family who are pretty cool. The things I love to do are: go to church, hang out with family and friends, help out, eat, beach, look at art, take photos, make stuff, shop, watch movies (one of my favourites of all time has to be Nacho Libre) and laugh - a lot!

I'm looking forward to another great year at P.I.!
Catherine Petersen
Music
My name is Catherine Petersen and I have been at Papakura Intermediate since 2009. That must be an indication that I love being here and teaching our students!

I am South African by birth and completed my teacher's training in South Africa. I came to New Zealand with my husband in 2000 and we have two daughters, Caryn and Chelsea. In 2008 I decided to take a break from full time teaching for a year but 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.

Support Staff

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