Staff kaimahi

Senior Leadership Team

Mark Kibblewhite


Mark has been the Principal of this school since 1997. He is proud to be the head learner of Arakura School, bearing in mind that Arakura means ‘Pathway to Learning’, and we are learning all of the time. He sees a key role of his is engaging with our parents, and building a team. He believes that the process is more important than the product.

Natalie Smith

Assistant Principal, Senior Team Leader, Numeracy Leader
Year 5-6
Room 2

Natalie has been teaching at Arakura School since 2008 and has taught mainly in the Senior School. She is the Deputy Principal, and Head of Mathematics for the school. In 2011 she was involved in trialling ALiM (Advanced Learning in Mathematics) at Arakura School. She is passionate about Numeracy and Physical Activity.

Chanelle Maxey

Assistant Principal (Acting), Junior Team Leader, SENCO, Literacy, PB4L
Year 2-3
Room 9

Chanelle has been teaching in our school, first as a reliever and release teacher, before becoming employed full time at Arakura School in 2012. Chanelle loves sports and the Arts and has helped to set up Touch Rugby and Netball, and directed two school productions. During the course of her time at Arakura, Chanelle has also stepped into leadership roles, and is the team leader for the Junior School.


Cathryn Briggs

New Entrants
Year 0-1
Room 6

Cathryn has been at Arakura School since 2005 and has taught in every year range over her time here. She is passionate about Reading and Writing and how they link into all the other curriculum areas. She recently took time off to begin a family, and in 2017 welcomed her daughter into the world.
In 2018 Cathryn has rejoined the staff part time in the New Entrants.

Emma Goodwin

New Entrants
Year 0-1
Room 6

Emma has joined the team in 2019 to assist with the New Entrants. She joins us from spending time in various schools in the Lower Hutt, as well as Early Childhood centres.

Louissa Koia

Kapahaka, Maori/Pasifika, Reading Together
Year 1-2
Room 10

Louissa comes from a strong family of Teachers, and provides a very balanced perspective when it comes to teaching and learning in Wainuiomata. She has been working full time at Arakura School since 2010. She works in well with our community and whanau and supports students to be their best both at school and at home. In 2016, she began building crucial relationships with our local Kohanga Reo who now come and support our kapahaka and Te Reo Māori within the school.

Katie McAlister

Year 3-4
Room 5

Katie joined the team at Arakura in 2018 as the teacher for Room 5. She has a masters in Education, and has taught in Japan, as well as a variety of schools in New Zealand. She looks forward to developing her teaching career at Arakura School.

Awhina Waimotu

Kapahaka, Maori/Pasifika, Performing Arts
Year 4-5
Room 4

Awhina joined the Arakura family in 2017, where she taught as a student teacher during Term 3. In 2018, she began teaching full time in Room 4. Awhina has a huge passion for teaching arts, especially performing arts and music, and has strong cultural links in Te Au Māori. She is fluent in Te Reo, and is excited to see how she can grow the language within Arakura School.

Al Ingham

ICT & Technology, Staff Representative (B.O.T), PB4L
Year 5-6
Room 1

Al has been teaching since 2009, with Arakura School being his first full time position. In 2011 he was elected as the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. He also heads up the IT for the school. He has many passions, but in particular they are about teaching Art, Sports, and Technology. Al’s philosophy is to inspire the boys in my class and provide them with the skills and role-model to be men in years to come.

Support Staff

  • Bonnie Macbeth – Office Administrator
  • Lynnette Stewart – Office & Teacher Aide
  • Debbie Morrissey – Office & Teacher Aide
  • Laurie Price – Teacher Aide
  • Leigh Miller – Teacher Aide
  • Natanya Giles – Teacher Aide
  • Debbie Owen – Teacher Aide

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