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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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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Stephanie Gardiner

Te pūtaketanga o te ora, te āhurutanga o te wāhi ngaro.  Tēnā kōrua e tiaki nei i te iti me te rahi.  E ngā kārangarangatanga maha, tēnā koutou i roto i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā.

I am of Māori and Samoan descent.  I am a mother of 3 young children.  I have spent most of my life here in Titahi Bay.  However, I was shipped off to boarding school in Napier for 5 years at St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College.  Between finishing college and graduating with my Teaching degree, I have worked in Hospitality, Tourism, Tertiary Education, and Banking, to name a few.

I graduated from Te Wānana o Raukawa with a Bachelor of Teaching (Bilingual) in 2019.  I am fortunate enough to carry out my first year of teaching here at Titahi Bay Intermediate, where I am able to give as much mātauranga (knowledge) as I can to our ākonga (students), and to also be led by a team who share a wealth of mātauranga.

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Rose Duxfield

Kia Ora!

My name's Rose and I'm a first year teacher here at TBI.  In 2008, I completed my BA in French, then spent the next decade working in IT, media, copywriting and graphic design while also being involved in theatre, music, song-wrting and stand-up comedy.  I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2019 and I am looking forward to this new stage of my career.

It's excitig to be starting my teaching journey here at TBI with this talented team - some of whom even taught me when I was at Intermediate!  When I'm not teaching, I spend my time writing, crafting, playing video games, making music and baking.  Ask me for my secret to the perfect French macaron.

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Diana Puati

Kia Orana

My name is Di.  I am of Cook Island, Tahitian and Samoan descent.  I was born in Wellington and raised in Tawa, having attended Hampton Hill School then on to Tawa College.  I have 3 adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.  Family and friends are important to me – they contribute to my well-being and also help to feed the soul!

I am passionate about health and fitness and have been an active person all my life, having played a range of sports.  Nowadays I go to the gym, bike, swim and walk.  Last year I competed in my very first Iron Maori Triathlon and was very proud of my achievement, as were my family who were my support crew.

I have taught in various schools in the Wellington region as well as teaching in the Cook Islands on a 2 year contract.

I’m so thrilled about being here at TBI.  Management, teaching and support staff are wonderful and supportive.  I feel privileged to be a part of the school whanau. 

I’m also excited about working alongside our students and helping them to grow both emotionally and academically in their learning.  I want them to know that life offers them a myriad of possibilities and opportunities and that they can do or be anything they want.

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Olivia Gorman

Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Communications

Kia ora!
I grew up on the beach in Tauranga so although I am new to the area, Titahi Bay feels like home. This is my first year as a full time class teacher and I am so blessed to be spending it at Titahi Bay Intermediate.
I studied Linguistics at university, with a special focus on indigenous cultures and languages. This is a special passion of mine and is where I developed keen skills for teaching Literacy and Social Sciences. I will be guiding the TBI Garden this year for Enrichment. I am super excited to spend Monday afternoons outside with the students, getting our hands dirty. 
Please don't be a stranger! I am keen to meet as many people in the community as possible. 

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Emma O'Reilly

Hi my Name is Emma O’Reilly, I was born and raised on the Kapiti Coast, where I still live with my husband and two children.  I attended St Patrick’s Primary School, then Paraparaumu College.  I then went to Massey University in Palmerston North, where I completed my Bachelors of Arts Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

For the last twenty years I have had a career in Human Resources and management, while also raising my two children.  I decided to have a career change to teaching after realising how much I enjoyed helping children learn and develop.  Last year I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (for Primary).

I am excited about helping your children gain knowledge and skills to help them achieve their goals, within the supportive environment of Titahi Bay Intermediate.  I look forward to getting to know the students and meeting the parents and caregivers.

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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Margaret Tolland

Margaret Tolland is a full-time artist and illustrator residing in Titahi Bay, Porirua.

Margaret has a strong and long connection to arts education having worked as a secondary visual arts teacher and she was the education coordinator at Pātaka Art+Museum in Porirua.

Margaret has been a part of the children’s picture book world for at least 6 years and has gained some great momentum with a series of publications including  “Fantail’s Quilt”, “Watch Out Snail”, “Go Green Gecko” and others.  Her illustrations led to her being a finalist in the 2012 LIANZA Children's Book Awards and the 2014 New Zealand Post Picture Book Awards.

Having recently stepped into full time freelance illustration work, Margaret  has included some illustrations for Forest and Bird’s very own ’Wild Things’ publication and she recently was the artist in residence at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in 2019 and is now at TBI.

Julia Kelly

Hi there,

You will find me in the school office at Titahi Bay Intermedaite where no two days are alike and where I am lucky enough to see and support many of the wonderful students at TBI.

If you need anything or just want to pop in for a chat, please feel free to come on in.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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. 

Rangiruhia Arthur

My name is Rangiruhia Arthur.

I was born and brought up in Takapuwahia, Porirua.  I went to Ngati Toa primary school, Titahi Bay intermediate and Mana College a very long time ago......

I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  I worked at Ngati Toa school for 2 years as a teacher aide and I started at Titahi Bay intermediate in term 4, 2019.  Intermediate age is certainly different from primary school but it is just as exciting to see the students learn and grow.

Joan Adam

Talofa Lava,
Born and raised in beautiful Samoa until emigrating with my whānau to New Zealand in 1980.
We settled in my father’s hometown of Titahi Bay and 39 years on, I’m very fortunate to still be
residing in the ‘Bay’ with my husband and our three children.
My professional background has been in both private and government departments with roles
varying in customer service, clerical and administration, historical and genealogical research,
information systems and archives and records management.  In 2005, I left the public service to
have our first child and take on the demanding and fulfilling job of a stay at home mum, whānau is everything to me!!
Having grown up in Titahi Bay, I have seen first hand the positive impact schools and
communities can have.  Also through my roles as a parent then staff representative on the Board of Trustees I am excited to be part of an awesome environment providing opportunities and support for our tamariki and their whānau.  I love seeing tamariki achieve their full potential not just academically, but through the arts, sports, culture and heritage and social well being. They are our future and I only hope they continue to grow as healthy, confident, respectful, genuine, kind and empathetic individuals.

Melvina Martin

My name is Melvina Martin.

My family have been in the Bay community for four generations.  I am of Samoan and European descent and have lived in the bay most of my life.

I have been a teacher aide for 10+ years, helping children from year 1 to year 6 but was needing and looking for a new challenge.  I was so excited when Dairne gave me a position at Titahi Bay Intermediate.  I love being able to help and support our tamariki and I am looking forward to my journey at Titahi Bay Intermediate. 

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