Titathi Bay Intermediate
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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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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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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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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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.

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. 

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