TBI Staff

Principal - Dairne Kaimoana

Diploma of Teaching, BEd, Diploma Bi-lingual

I am the proud mother of 3 young children.  I was born and bred in Porirua and I am of Maori and European descent.  My education was in Porirua East where I attended Russell School, Natone Park School, Waitangirua Intermediate and Aotea College.  I graduated from Wellington College of Education and Victoria University of Wellington in 1997 where I began my teaching at Newlands Intermediate School.

Through my 11 years there, I progressed up through the ranks to Deputy Principal and Acting Principal before leaving to take up the role of Deputy Principal at Titahi Bay Intermediate in 2008.  I became Acting Principal from Term 2, 2008 until the end of Term 3 of 2009 where I won the Principal position.  This is now my 11th year at T.B.I and I continue to love working with this special age group.

TBI is a school focussed on the holistic education of our students.  I know every student in our school and enjoy walking alongside them as they make their journey through their middle years education.

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Deputy Principal - Taliaina Itamura

Diploma of Teaching in Primary, BEd


I was born and raised in the Porirua area.  I am of Samoan-Chinese descent.  I attended Rangikura School, Waitangirua Intermediate and Aotea College.  To further my education, I went to Wellington College of Education and Victoria University of Wellington

Teaching Career

In 1999, I started my teaching career at Newlands Intermediate.  I then moved to Ibaraki-ken, Japan to teach English as a second language.  I returned to New Zealand in 2004 and resumed teaching at Newlands Intermediate.  During 2007, I decided I wanted to teach in Porirua where I grew up.  In 2008, was offered the Assistant Principal position at Titahi Bay Intermediate; in 2009 I became the Deputy Principal.

I am passionate about working with ths age group.  I enjoy working alongside our students, our parents and our dedicated staff to help extend the learning of our students. 

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Assistant Principal - Amy Cole

BA History and Criminology, Diploma of Teaching

I grew up in Upper Hutt and am proud to call myself a New Zealander.  Having spent some time teaching overseas, I came to realise just how lucky we are to be able to cal New Zealand home, where the people are friendly and welcoming and we are surrounded by such beautiful nature.

The most important aspects of my life are my family and friends and the happiness these people bring.  I believe in experiencing life to the fullest and exploring the world as it has much to teach us.

I hope to be able to inspire and motivate students. It’s important to me that they enjoy learning and can be proud of who they are, what they can achieve and can carry this with them into their future.

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Renee Leenders

Kia Ora! My name is Renee Leenders.  I grew up North of Auckland and moved down to Wellington four years ago for University.  I absolutely love it here and now call Wellington home.  I am of Pakeha and Dutch background.  I am really interested in History, especially New Zealand History. 

I have a BA in History and Media Studies & a Diploma of Primary Teaching

I am very passionate about teaching this age group.

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Fuatia Lavea

Diploma of Teaching in Primary, BEd

Tālofa Lava. My name is Fuatialemoana Lavea. I am of Sāmoan descent with connections to the beautiful villages of Samatau, Auala, and Asau. (Yes… they are all far away from the main towns of both Upolu and Savai’i, LOL). I have taught at Intermediate level since 2005. It is such an exciting age group and I look forward to what lies ahead.   

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Fay Woodall

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education

Hi there

My name is Fay Woodall.  I grew up in the South Island with five other siblings and my parents and extended family.  I now have a grown family of my own.

I have been teaching for a number of years from the Junior years and now through to Intermediate level.  I find teaching challenging, interesting and an ever changing job.  In this profession, it is great to see students achieve success in different areas of school life, mature and grow in personal confidence.

I have been a keen tramper in the past, but in recent times, have settled for walks around the bays and gardening.  I love the clean natural rugged environment that is New Zealand, even though we get a cold winter, I feel lucky to have been born in this country.

Titahi Bay Intermediate is an exciting and developing school and a great place for year 7 and 8 students to attend and learn.

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Teuila Aiono

Bachelor of Education Teaching Primary 2004

Talofa Lava

My name is Teuila Aiono.  I am born and bred in Porirua, attended Porirua Primary school, Titahi Bay Intermediate and Mana College.

I have taught in Wairoa Hawkes Bay, Naenae Lower Hutt, most local Porirua schools and Perth Australia in a small mining town called Parabrdoo.

I look forward to living and working here at Titahi Bay Intermediate, where I belong!  I also look forward to getting to know our students inside and out and being part of their learning journey.

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Rose Sawaya

Kia ora,

My name is Rose Sawaya. I grew up in Wellington, living in Island Bay and then Miramar. I became a teacher when my own children were of school age and I had a fascination with how children learn. I have taught in New Zealand and overseas and have had experience teaching in Junior Primary through to College. I especially enjoy the Intermediate age, their energy and zest for life.

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Martin Brabander

Post Grad. Diploma of Teaching (Primary), BCom  (Victoria University of Wellington)

Born in England, I arrived in New Zealand when I was 3 with my parents. I grew up and was educated in Upper Hutt. Worked in the finance industry, both here and in England. After being an ‘at home’ dad to our two children, I decided to retrain as a teacher as I wanted to have a real impact, more than just be a cog in the corporate world. I am married with two adult children and live in Lower Hutt. 

I started teaching in Wainuiomata at year 5/6 level, and have been at a number of schools over the last few years, both in long-term positions and relieving.  However I mostly enjoy working with year 7/8 students and really feel that Intermediate Schools offer so many opportunities for our young people.  I am really enjoying working at Titahi Bay Intermediate with the tamariki on a small part of their learning journey.

My teaching philosophy is not just to teach facts, but to encourage students to think for themselves, and stems from the desire to see children take control of their own learning. The jobs that these students will be working in the future probably haven’t even been invented yet, but strong Key Competencies will enable them to fit into any role.

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Jessica Fourie


My name is Jessica Fourie, a South African born mother of two.  I had lived in the same town in South Africa for most of my life before moving to beautiful New Zealand in 2016.

I have been teaching for 8 years, where I taught a range of age groups.  I have a passion for teaching this group and engaging with students and the curriculum.  I enjoy teaching with such a collaborative and supportive staff that is readily available at TBI.

I have a Bachelor of Education Teaching Primary.

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Mae Pullar

Kia Ora,

My name is Mae and I trained to be a teacher in Manawatu.  I spent time teaching in Palmerston North, London, Hawkes Bay and Wellington.

I am lucky enough to have two wonderful step sons, George and Fred and my son Theo, who is two years old.  Our family lives in the Porirua area.

I work part time at TBI releasing the teachers and teaching technology.

Come and say hi if you see me around the school.

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Heather Rhodes-Robinson

Kia Ora!

My name is Heather Rhodes-Robinson. I was born and raised on the East Coast and music has always been a huge part of my life!  I moved to Wellington to study a Bachelor of Music from Victoria University and a Diploma of Education from Wellington Teacher’s College.

I have enjoyed teaching music and performing arts at both Intermediate and primary schools in Wellington.  I have three children and I'm passionate about encouraging students to grow in their confidence and love of music.

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Russell Brodie

Hi my name is Russell Brodie.

I was born in Gisborne, and went to Mautuke School and Lytton High.  I grew up on an apple and pear orchard.

I have worked in the ski industry, horticulture and food and beverage industries over the last 30 years.  I have a love for sport and PE.

I studied at Wellington Teaching College and have been teaching for the last 25 years.

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Debra Lobban

I was born in Lower Hutt and have lived the majority of my life in Titahi Bay, apart from living on the Gold Coast, Australia for 13 months in 2011.  I attended Titahi Bay North School and then Mana College.  I have a son who has attended TBI and now two grandchildren also – one Granddaughter aged 18 and one Grandson aged 12.  I previously worked at TBI in the office for 20 years, and since returning from Australia, here I am again!   I am currently working as Administration Assistant.

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Natasha Clark

Here at TBI you will see me in the Office or in our new Media Centre as Librarian.  I also provide reading support using MULTILIT.  During my time here, I have been able to grow and learn as much as the students that come here.

This is a great place to work and there is never a dull moment here at TBI!

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John Clyma

I’m John the Caretaker/Cleaner here at TBI, a New Zealander of Pakeha descent.

I have a twin brother Dave, we were born in Upper Hutt and grew up in Taita.  My family is two daughters on my side and my partner Jean has three daughters and a son.  We enjoy six grandsons.  I have worked in Porirua since 1966 andlive here since 1969

I enjoy working here, the staff are great as are the kids.  Every day is a challenge!

Rachelle Christy

Born in Porirua. I went to Rangikura Primary School, Waitangirua Intermediate and Aotea College. I have four children who also live in Porirua. I have worked at Rangikura as a Teacher Aide for eight years and I started here in Term 2, 2018. I enjoy working alongside kids and seeing them learn and grow. 

Sammie Roomataaroa

I’m Sammie. I was born and raised in Porirua. I am a Tahitian and a Cook Islander and I went to Corinna school and Aotea College. My favourite subjects in school were Maths and P.E.  I am a very sporty person.  My hobbies are playing basketball and playing the Cook island drums.

I enjoy helping students at this age group and watching them learn and grow.

Kayelani Luapo

Kia Ora,

My name is Kayelani Luapo, born and raised in Porirua City but recently moved back from Sydney, Australia. I am Samoan, Cook Island and Maori descent. I attended Rangikura School and then went onto Aotea College.

This is my first year working here at Titahi Bay Intermediate as a teacher aide and every day is always different! I enjoy working along-side all the students by helping them in their classes.

Hannah Misky

My name is Hannah Misky.  I am of Tokelauan and Samoan descent and I was born and bred in Porirua.   I am a proud ex student of Aotea College which is where I found my passion for poetry and theatre.  I enjoy being a Teacher Aide here at TBI.

Shania Stapp

Kia Ora, 

My name is Shania.  I am of Maori, Niuean, Dutch, Pitcairn descent.  I was born and bred in the East of Porirua. I attended Porirua East School then went on to Bishop Viard College where I gained many leadership positions and became Head Girl.  This is where I found the passion for eduation.

I am currently studying for my BA, majoring in education and one day aspire to become a teacher.  I am a Teacher Aide here at TBI which makes me excited for my future in education.  I enjoy helping students to learn to grow their minds so that they can be the best versions of themselves.

Chaedyn Ngaroi

Kia orana 

My name is Chaedyn Ngaroi 

I am of Cook Island descent  . I attended Tairangi primary school and then furthered my secondary education at Wellington East girls college 2011-2015 . I am currently in my final years of study at Massey University Wellington.  I started working here at Titahi Bay Intermediate in term 4, 2018.

I have a passion for expanding the culture knowledge of the students of school. I tutor a group of students for Kapa Siva which I really enjoy and I love sharing my cultural experiences with the group.  I enjoy embracing different cultural backgrounds and utilising the talents and knowledge that many of the student in the group bring.  Kapa Siva gives students a wider opportunity to learn and grow as individuals in performing arts. 

It has been a great opportunity working with students one on one and in groups during learning time . I also enjoy supporting individual students with learning difficulties and helping them to achieve their goals. 

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