Board of Trustees
School Policies (School Docs)
Tamatea Intermediate School
Board of Trustees
(updated November 2023)
Presiding Member (Chairperson)
Kia ora koutou, I te taha o tōku pāpā, Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga rāua ko Ngāi Tahu ōku iwi, Ko Tania Arnold tōku ingoa.
My name is Tania and I have been involved with Tamatea Intermediate for a number of years now. Our school is very special to me. I attended Tamatea Intermediate myself many years ago, and I can safely say those years were my favourite school years. All three of my pēpē's have also been through Tamatea Intermediate, and I will never forget seeing some of my old teachers there on those open night visits before my kids started. I believe the fact our teachers remain with our school for so many years, speaks heaps to the incredible community and whanau culture it possesses. I work full time at Te whatu ora – Te Matau a Māui, Hawkes Bay Hospital and am also training to become a psychologist.
I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls, Georgia who attends Port Ahuriri School and Lill who is in her second year at Tamatea Intermediate. I am an experienced teacher having taught locally at both Marewa Primary School and Port Ahuriri School since relocating to the Hawkes Bay a number of years ago. I am extremely passionate about education and ensuring quality, inclusive and equitable education for all.
My name is Maree Matthews, and I am a teacher at Onekawa Primary School. I live with my husband Shaun, who runs his own engineering business, and my two daughters Holly and Ella. Holly was in Year 8 at Tamatea Intermediate last year, and Ella will be a student here in 2024.
I have been a primary school teacher for 23 years and have taught both in New Zealand and in the UK, where I lived for 16 years. I have held various leadership roles in education as well as being a class teacher in all primary year groups up to year 6. I am currently a year 5/6 teacher and am also the staff representative on the Board of Trustees at Onekawa School. I am passionate about education and believe strongly in access to quality education for all.
Ko Takitimu te waka, Ko Tamatea Arikinui te tangata, Ko Ngāi Te Rangikoianake te hapū, Ko Kahuranaki te maunga, Ko Ngaruroro, ko Tukituki ngā awa, Ko Poukawa te waiū, Ko Te Hapuku te tangata
I attended local schools, graduating from Napier Boys High School. I am married and currently have four children, two attending. I have a background in child and adolescent mental health and quality improvement, so I understand the developmental needs of youth, their current challenges, and ways of improving our system. With a strength-based approach, focus on equity and fostering of student’s curiosity, I believe we can offer quality education to all students. I have served on the Napier Kindergarten Board and on our local swimming committee. I coach Hockey at primary level and for the Intermediate as well. I am an avid sports photographer and can often be seen on the side lines or in the pool supporting local and regional events. I am looking forward to serving you on the Tamatea Intermediate School Board of Trustees.
Te Kira Lawrence
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