Governance Information

Tamatea Intermediate School 

Board of Trustees 

(updated March 2023)

Tania Arnold

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.

Kelly Batten

Parent Representative

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. 

Nga mihi

Kelly Batten

Maree Matthews

Parent Representative

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. 

Karl Wairama

Parent Representative

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.

Mark Evans

Parent Representative

We welcome Mark back on the Tamatea Intermediate School Board of Trustees.

Kurstina Pohe

Staff Representative

Kia ora, Ko Kurstina Pohe tōku ingoa

or a.k.a (Princess).

My role is in the learning support team and helping out with other jobs around the school.

Born and breed in the Bay, Titahi bay, Porirua, I have moved around the country both the North and South.

I have held lots of different roles in my life from Kindy cleaner,TF Medic to MOD and am still trying to figure out what I would like to do when I grow up.

I have been blessed with 5 children and 7 moko. (another on the way)

I have recently come into the role as the new board member for Tamatea Intermediate school, I am looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people, I am excited to be even more involved in our wonderful school community and hope I can bring something to the table. 

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi.”

“Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work”.

Jo Smith

School Principal

Te Kira Lawrence

BOT Secretary

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