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.  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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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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Cherie Walsh

Kia ora! My name is Cherie Walsh and I have joined the TBI teaching team for 2021.
Although originally from Motueka, I have called Porirua my home for the past 15 years and feel blessed each day being able to raise my three children in such a great place. My family and I spend a lot of time outdoors either at the beautiful beaches or exploring the walking tracks around the area.

I originally completed my training through the Wellington Conservatorium of Music and Wellington Teachers training college specialising in secondary music education.

I spent several years teaching in London as a specialist teacher helping support students with complex needs access music. I have also spent many years working in early childhood environments being actively involved in Playcentre until my children started school. Over the past four years, I worked as a teacher aide before being inspired by the students and teachers to re-train to become a primary teacher. I completed my Graduate Diploma of Teaching Primary last year through Waikato University and am excited to be working alongside the excellent staff at Titahi Bay Intermediate this year.

Emily Farrer

Bachelor of Arts – Education and Pacific Studies, Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching.

I was born and raised in Wellington and have lived in Porirua for the last two years. I love everything that the area has to offer. I spend a lot of time in and around Porirua with my husband and our friends, but also love a chill day at home. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education and Pacific Studies then completed a teaching degree which has bought me to where I am today. I have to say I am so lucky to begin my teaching career at Titahi Bay Intermediate with such a great group of tamariki. 

I have always had a passion for education and working with tamariki and have wanted to be a teacher since I was young. I am so excited to say that I am finally at the point of having my own classroom, it has taken many years and hard work but I am so glad I get to use the information and skills I have collated over the years. I am looking forward to working with your tamariki and supporting them to reach their potential. You will find me in room 5 so please feel free to contact me if you need anything, my door is always open. 

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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.

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Lucho Arca

Hola!  I’m Lucho Arca, originally from Peru.  30 years married to Mariela, a Peruvian lady and we have a grown up son, Lucho and 2 cats, Cuzco and PJ.  I’ve travelled extensively over the world and the last 46 years, I’ve lived in NZ where I became a proud kiwi.  I can speak fluently Spanish, French, Italian and can communicate basically in a couple others. 

I trained as a primary teacher here in NZ and eventually retired in December 2019 from full time teaching having done my last 13 years at Tairangi School in Waitangirua.  I enjoy my ‘retirement’ by doing relief work where I hope to pass-on my passion for learning, languages, sport, cooking and travelling to children of all ages.    

I would like to extend my gratitude to the principal, board of trustees and staff at Titahi Bay Intermediate for allowing me the opportunity to share my knowledge with their students.

Muchas gracias.

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Sarah Schofield

My name is Sarah Schofield and I teach cooking, sewing, woodwork and other craft activities.  I started teaching part time at TBI in 2018.  I also relieve at other schools in the Wellington region. I have been teaching Textiles and Food Technology since 2007.  In 2010 I moved to the UK for 4 years, mainly doing both short and long term relieving. I also have 3 young children of my own to keep me busy.  I encourage the students to focus on creativity, sustainability, problem solving,kaitiakitanga and organisation.  

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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