Otaki College Learning Support

Welcome to Otaki College Learning Support.


  • To provide a safe and relational environment for students to learn.
  • To overcome barriers which affect a student's learning.
  • To support whanau and teachers.

The Learning Support Department has an 'open door' philosophy. Please feel free to contact the staff.

We provide both mainstream and supported learning environments where students can learn at their level across all curriculum levels.

Who are we?

Head of Department: Natalie Cooper email: ncp@otakicollege.school.nz

Teacher Aides:

Tania Te Kira

Lee Bain

Rachel Esslemont:

Natasha Mills

Phillipa Jones

Nicola Treadwell

Tara-Leigh Harris

Telesia Nelson-Latu

ORS Specialist Teacher:

Shelley Thompson

Leighanne Signal

Fiona Mitchell

School contact details:

Phone (06) 3648204

Mill Road,

P.O. Box 36,


2019 Goals:

  • To build stronger relationships between whanau, college, community and agency supports to enhance a student's experience at Otaki College and transition into the workplace.
  • To build capacity and capability in teachers who work with students who have learning needs.
  • To develop and maintain systems and structures to support students who have learning needs to access the curriculum and achieve.