Our Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Cass Johnson

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 2 - 3 Auraki, Maths Curriculum Leader, Reading Recovery Teacher, Organisational Administration
Email: cass.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: Classroom Teacher Years 4 - 5 Auraki, Team Leader Whānau Marama, Auraki Curriculum Team 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.

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.

Sheila Buchanan

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 0 - 1 Auraki, Assistant Principal (AP), Team Leader Whānau Nohinohi, Auraki Literacy Team Leader
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

Additional Unit Holders

Auraki / Mainstream Kaiako / Teachers

Carron Ye

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 – 5, TravelWise Leader
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 Years 2 - 3 Auraki, Maths Curriculum Leader, Reading Recovery Teacher, Organisational Administration
Email: cass.johnson@newton.school.nz

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

Justin Barlow

Position: Classroom Teacher Year 6 Auraki, P.E Leader, Years 5-6 Inner-City Sports Coordinator
Email: justin.barlow@newton.school.nz

When we build, let us think that we build forever.

Kim Hankins

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 4 - 5 Auraki, Team Leader Whānau Marama, Auraki Curriculum Team 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 Teacher Years 1 - 2 , NZEI Site Representative
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 Years 0 - 1
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 Years 2 - 3
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. 

Te Awahou Kaiako

Adriana Edwards

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

Mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. I am passionate about education and working in Te Aka Pukaea Maori Unit at Newton Central, has empowered me to develop collaborative, culturally responsive, student owned and engaged learning programs that align with Tikanga Māori values and beliefs.

Kataraina Bruce

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 0 - 1

Rose Keegan

Position: Classroom Teacher Years 3 - 4
Email: rose.keegan@newton.school.nz

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

Ruia Aperahama

Position: Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka Strategic Development, Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka Community Liaison
Email: ruia.aperahama@newton.school.nz

Te Uru Karaka

Specialist Teachers / Kaiako

Kaiāwhina / Learning Assistants / Teacher Aides  / Support Staff

Ally Kemplen

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

Bree London

Position: Kaiāwhina Auraki

Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatirangatanga mo nga uri whakatipu

Natasha Keating

Position: Kaiāwhina Te Whānau o Te Uru Karaka o Newton Central Kura
Email: natasha.keating@newton.school.nz

Local resident, artist and mother of 2 ex pupils from both Te Uru Karaka and Te Awahou. I am passionate about Matauranga Māori and Te Reo Māori and love being a part of the growth and development of all our tamariki here at Newton Central.

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.

Admin Staff / Support Staff