Kāinga Mangōpare 2020

Welcome to the Kainga Mangōpare website

We are currently one of the year 0 - 3 Kainga. Our Kainga animal is the mangōpare (hammerhead shark). Mangōpare is a resilient and feisty fish that gathers in groups during the day, whilst being a solitary hunter at night. The learners in the Kainga are developing a growing sense of self, developing the confidence to go forward and explore on their own while also seeking the support and social interactions that come from being part of a larger group.

We have 4 Hapu groups in Kainga Mangōpare, led by - Ellyce Martin, Kelly Gaston, Toni Howard and Dannielle Bratty . Our learners are also lucky to have Michael Davidson take them for some exciting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) learning, as well as Amy Robertshaw taking them for PE and we will surely have lots of visits from our wonderful senior leadership team - Diana Wilkes, Kirstin Anderson-McGhie, and Wendy Ness.

Kainga Mangōpare is located next to Kainga Wheke and has great indoor-outdoor flow into our outdoors areas - its super handy for pick up and drop off too!

In Kainga Mangōpare learners will have opportunities to experience joyful learning and explore their own passions and interests through play based learning. This will go hand in hand with Deliberate Acts of Teaching in order to cater for specific learning needs.

Toni Howard

Learning Coach


Hi! I am Toni Howard. I have lived in Huapai for over 20 years and love our growing community. You guys rock! After many years’ teaching, my enjoyment in this field is no less, nor is my energy or passion. I am a firm believer that “it takes a village to raise a child”.

Kelly Gaston

Kia ora, my name is Kelly Gaston, I am delighted to be a member of the Mangopare team and look forward to the incredible journey ahead with the tamariki this year. I look forward to working with the learners and families.

Dannielle Bratty

Kia Ora, my name is Dannielle Bratty and I am new to Matua Ngaru School this year. I am super excited to be joining the Mangopare Kainga! I can't wait to get to know all our beautiful learners and their families, as well as integrating into this wonderful school community.

Ellyce Martin

Learning Coach


Kia ora koutou, my name is Ellyce Martin. I love to travel and explore new places and in the past 4 years I have travelled to 40 countries and countless cities. I am excited to continue my journey at Matua Ngaru School in 2020!

Wendy Ness

Learning Coach (Mentor)


Kia ora, my name is Wendy Ness I am one of the Deputy Principals at MNS. I live on a 10 acre block in the Waitakere Ranges with my family and animals. I love being in the outdoors and exploring remote places in NZ in our camper. I can't wait to continue my learning journey with you all.

Karen Moss

Learning Assistant

My name is Karen Moss and I feel excited and privileged to join the Matua Ngaru School team as a Learning Assistant. I have been a Teacher Aide and Librarian at Dairy Flat School for the past 7 1/2 years. Prior to that I was working as a Needs Assessor and Service Coordinator for children and adolescents with disabilities. A long time prior to that, I was a teacher.

Sherryn Cumming

Learning Assistant

My name is Sherryn and I get to spend my days as a Learning Assistant surrounded by beautiful people, in an environment that embraces diversity, individuality, and self expression. I cannot help but be excited about what each day will bring as I sit alongside our learners as they travel on their Magical Mystery Tour of learning.

Amy Robertshaw

Sports Specialist

I am Amy Robertshaw and I am super excited for the adventure that’s ahead of us.

I grew up on the North Shore, Auckland and now live in West Auckland with my Border Collie Nike and my Cat Bumper. My learning journey includes a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, Bachelor of Education and MindLab Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). When I am not teaching you will probably find me on the rugby field or exploring one of many underwater reefs in the Hauraki Gulf. I have played women's rugby for 10 years and represented both Auckland and North Harbour. Alongside rugby, I enjoy tramping, diving, geocaching, outdoor cooking and hanging my hammock beneath the stars.

Michael Davidson

STEAM Specialist

I am Michael Davidson and I’m so excited to be guiding all of the MNS learners through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) this year. I will also be teaching throughout the day in Kainga Popoto. I really enjoy building things with Lego and seeing all the cool and amazing things computers and robots can do, as well as looking at all the other amazing aspects of STEAM. I come from Canada and have lived in many different countries around the world, teaching and coaching lots of different children along the way. I look forward to working with you so that together we can explore this wonderful world that we live in!