Our Staff

Cathy Smith

Position: Office administrator and International Students Co-ordinator
Email: International@newton.school.nz

I have been involved with international students for many years and I am very lucky to work in a happy, caring and well-informed school.  

Julie McGrail

Position: Receptionist, Secretary
Email: julie.mcgrail@newton.school.nz

My name is Julie McGrail. I started working at Newton Central School when my two children started school as a teacher aid in 2006.

I started my current role as receptionist in 2007. I am your first point of contact at the school.

I enjoy my job working with the staff, children and community.

Maryanne Poi

Position: Administrator
Email: maryanne.poi@newton.school.nz

Kia orana! I started working at Newton Central School in 1990 as a Kaiawhina and am now Office Manager. I have worked under 3 Principals.

I enjoy my job and am privileged to be working alongside enthusiastic staff, wonderful children and a great community. 

My husband John attended Newton Central School and our four children also attended, and it’s a pleasure to see our grandchildren now attending.

Carron Ye

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 & Garden To Table / Kaitiaki Coordinator
Email: carron.ye@newton.school.nz

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” (Mark Van Doren)  With my love for art, sports, gardening and mathematics, it gives me great joy as a teacher to be able to assist my students in discovering their own passion or talents.

Cass Johnson

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 3 Auraki, Assistant Principal, Whānau Nohinohi Team Leader, Parent Community Liaison & Maths Curriculum Leader
Email: cassandra.johnson@newton.school.nz

“Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai. Nurture the seed and it will blossom.”

Jan Trott

Position: Part time Reliever
Email: Jan.Trott@newton.school.nz

 After retiring from full time teaching I have spent time relieving and working part time in different schools.  When we bought a house in the Auckland area I discovered Newton Central School and was fortunate to make this friendly school the only one in which I relieve.  My time is spent between Auckland and Waihi Beach where my husband and I live in our beach house since retiring from the King Country.

Katherine Simpson

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 1 - 2

Kim Hankins

Position: Auraki CRT Release Teacher, TERA Coordinator, Co-coordinator Curriculum Team & Kāhui Ako o Wāitematā Across Schools Leader
Email: kim.hankins@newton.school.nz

At school, I work hard to engage children with the world around them, to get them thinking, questioning and reflecting. Outside of school, travel is what I most love to do.

Lata Laing

Position: Classroom Release Teacher
Email: lata.laing@newton.school.nz

I always value that our parents and families are a child’s first teachers. By the time they come to school, I love it when we see a child continue to grow in confidence as they learn to read, write, do maths and make friendships and develop in other areas.

Lisa Sundgren

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 2
Email: lisa.sundgren@newton.school.nz

What a privilege it is to be working here at Newton Central School after 20 years of working in both Asia and the UK. With well over 20 years teaching experience, my passion has steered towards working with our younger members of the school, supporting both students and parents with school transition and building skills needed in developing the ‘whole’ child during their foundation years in school.  What a wonderful opportunity it is to be part of such a diverse and welcoming school community!

Marie Gallichan

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 1, Kāhui Ako o Wāitematā Within Schools Teacher (Auraki), Library & Resource Room Coordinator
Email: marie.gallichan@newton.school.nz

Marie has an interest in film, music, the arts and increasing her knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori. She welcomes diversity in the classroom and enjoys establishing positive, productive relationships with tamariki and their whānau. 

Nicola Blight

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 0 - 1 & Auraki Lower Junior School Coordinator
Email: nicola.blight@newton.school.nz

I empower tamariki to play, work, learn and grow together.

Nikos Sigalas

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 - 5
Email: nikos.sigalas@newton.school.nz

Be alert, question and find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened.

Sarah Hoult

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 5 - 6, Whānau Marama Team Leader, Auraki Curriculum Co-Coordinator & Transport / Travelwise Coordinator

I chose Newton Central as my daughter’s first school and I was inspired by the kaiako here to become a teacher myself. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be back at Newton. When not teaching, I enjoy tramping, paddle boarding and singing. I have been living and working on Waiheke Island for the past 15 years.

Sheila Buchanan

Position: Classroom Release Teacher Auraki
Email: sheila.buchanan@newton.school.nz

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus good character  – that is the goal of true education.”

Matrin Luther King Jnr

Siale Sipley-Simelika

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 6, Year 6 Coordination & Student Council
Email: siale.sipley@newton.school.nz

Fakaalofa lahi atu and Talofa Lava.  Proud to have been born, bred and raised in Grey Lynn.  I started primer one here in 1974 and finished standard four in 1980.  My own three children were students here from 1996 – 2006.  I began teaching here in 2009 and have been here since.  I love my job some days, but I REALLY love my job most days.  Monu, Monu, Monu Tagaloa.

Giacamo Gambassi

Position: In-class support & play supervision

Trinity Crummer

Position: Kaiāwhina BASC – Before and After School Care

Angela Terei

Position: Kaiāwhina, Before and After School Care (BASC)

Kia Orana koutou katoa, my love for Newton began when I was a student during the 80s-90s. My oldest daughter also attended and I plan on having my second child enrol when she turns five. I’ve been working here for 10 years now and still believe it’s the best little school in the world. Kia manuia koutou katoa.

Helen Ngariki

Position: Kaiāwhina Auraki, Before and After School Care Manager (BASC)
Email: helen.ngariki@newton.school.nz

Helen is an ex-student, former Newton parent and long-time staff member at Newton Central. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her talents in art and music with the children, and finds joy in seeing them succeed.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” – John F. Kennedy

Michael Ngariki

Position: Kaiāwhina BASC - Before and After School Care, Newton Central Social Media
Email: michaeln@newton.school.nz

As a former student of Newton Central, I feel very honoured to be able to work in the same place that had taught me so much as a child. I thoroughly enjoy working at Newton because of its strong sense of community values and diverse environment, as well as being a part of each child’s journey throughout their time at Newton. Outside of school, I’m a former fashion model with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Event Management, but finding working in a school environment my true calling.

Cathy Smith

Position: Office administrator and International Students Co-ordinator
Email: International@newton.school.nz

I have been involved with international students for many years and I am very lucky to work in a happy, caring and well-informed school.  

Giacamo Gambassi

Position: In-class support & play supervision

Josephine McKendrey

Position: Deputy Principal / Special Education Needs Co-Ordinator – SENCO
Phone: +64 9378 6883
Email: josephine.mckendrey@newton.school.nz

Josephine has worked at Newton Central since 2004.  She has worked as a classroom teacher as well as in her management roles in the senior leadership team. She works mostly supporting the Principal with the day-to-day running of the school and with students, teachers, kaiāwhina and families with special needs.

Riki Teteina

Position: Principal
Phone: +64 9378 6883
Email: rikit@newton.school.nz

Riki has worked 23 years in International Education (Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines), and has a strong affiliation with Asia and International Students, and those learning English as an additional language.

Ally Kemplen

Position: SENCO Suport, Kaiāwhina Auraki, NZEI Support Staff Site Representative, Student Advocate
Email: ally.kemplen@newton.school.nz

Raiha Thompson

Position: Kaiāwhina Auraki, Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka o Newton Central Kura,
Email: raiha.thompson@newton.school.nz

Parent of two students who have both gone through Te Uru Karaka. I enjoy working with students who are enthusiastic to learn alongside wonderful, supportive staff.

Cass Johnson

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 3 Auraki, Assistant Principal, Whānau Nohinohi Team Leader, Parent Community Liaison & Maths Curriculum Leader
Email: cassandra.johnson@newton.school.nz

“Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai. Nurture the seed and it will blossom.”

Josephine McKendrey

Position: Deputy Principal (DP), Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
Email: josephine.mckendrey@newton.school.nz

Kia ora. I feel extremely fortunate to be working at Newton Central School alongside an incredibly diverse and dedicated team in a vibrant natural oasis amidst Auckland’s CBD.  I enjoy what the city has to offer from island getaways, beaches, parks and entertainment.

Kim Hankins

Position: Auraki CRT Release Teacher, TERA Coordinator, Co-coordinator Curriculum Team & Kāhui Ako o Wāitematā Across Schools Leader
Email: kim.hankins@newton.school.nz

At school, I work hard to engage children with the world around them, to get them thinking, questioning and reflecting. Outside of school, travel is what I most love to do.

Marie Gallichan

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 1, Kāhui Ako o Wāitematā Within Schools Teacher (Auraki), Library & Resource Room Coordinator
Email: marie.gallichan@newton.school.nz

Marie has an interest in film, music, the arts and increasing her knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori. She welcomes diversity in the classroom and enjoys establishing positive, productive relationships with tamariki and their whānau. 

Riki Teteina

Position: Principal
Email: rikiT@newton.school.nz

Kia ora,

After 20 years working and leading in International Schools throughout the world, it is a pleasure to return to NZ alongside my family.  I feel privileged to be leading a school whose philosophy is close to my own, in which we grow our tamariki to become critical and creative lifelong learners and positive participants in their communities.

It is my responsibility to ensure every student under my care feels safe, supported and makes excellent progress in their learning.  I maximise every resource possible to achieve that goal. I look forward to getting to know you and your children while assisting you all in being active members of our community.

In my spare time, I like to get close to nature by either surfing or snowboarding and spending time with my family.

Sarah Hoult

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 5 - 6, Whānau Marama Team Leader, Auraki Curriculum Co-Coordinator & Transport / Travelwise Coordinator

I chose Newton Central as my daughter’s first school and I was inspired by the kaiako here to become a teacher myself. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be back at Newton. When not teaching, I enjoy tramping, paddle boarding and singing. I have been living and working on Waiheke Island for the past 15 years.

Eddie Sofele

Position: Cleaning Staff

Piri Ngariki

Position: Cleaning Staff

Kia Orana, I’ve been working at Newton Central for 39 years now, making me the longest staff member within the school community. I started back in 1979, having taken over the cleaning services as well as being a board of trustees member for several years. All three of my children have attended Newton when they were young, as well as my grandchildren. I find it a true blessing to work in such a family oriented environment, and have enjoyed watching the many changes our school has gone through in the past three decades.

Ross Lay

Position: Property Manager, Grounds
Email: ross.lay@newton.school.nz

Long-time staff member, local resident & former Newton parent (x3). It’s not just what you do, but how & why you do it.

Rose Keegan

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 - 6
Email: rose.keegan@newton.school.nz

A passionate teacher who relishes scientific inquiry and pursues creative innovation for all student learning.

Wiremu Turner

Position: Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka Team Leader, Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka Curriculum Leader & IT Coordinator,
Email: wiremu.turner@newton.school.nz

Anneke Brouwers

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 0 - 2
Email: anneke.brouwers@newton.school.nz

“Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei.”

Patricia Atama-Tamati

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 0 - 2
Email: patricia.atama-tamati@newton.school.nz

“Tōku reo tōku ohooho, tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea, tōku kahu whero…”
Whangaia te tamaiti ki te reo Māori me ōna tikanga hei oranga mutunga kore māna me ana uri whakatupu.

Pauline Pile

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 5 - 6
Email: pauline@newton.school.nz

“Iti rearea, kahikatea ka taea.”
Ahakoa te aha whāia te pae tawhiti kia pae tata. 

Wiremu Turner

Position: Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka Team Leader, Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka Curriculum Leader & IT Coordinator,
Email: wiremu.turner@newton.school.nz