Who Are We

Principal: Timu Niwa

I have been a primary school teacher since the late 90s and have taught all primary and intermediate age groups throughout my career. I have taught in varying schools in the Manawatū, Auckland and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am married to Laura and we have three young daughters and we recently built a house on a few acres in Mount Biggs between Sanson and Feilding. We returned to New Zealand in 2012 after being in Belfast for a number of years. I am currently in my fifth (and hopefully final!) year of part-time study for my doctoral degree through Massey University. In my spare time I enjoy playing 'Five Crowns' with my daughters and have a penchant for earl grey tea and asparagus! I teach the class at Tangimoana on for 3.5 days per week. I have been the principal of Tangimoana School since the start of 2017.

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Principal Release Teacher: Mrs Tabatha Wakefield

I have been a teacher since 2004 and have taught all primary and intermediate age groups throughout my career. I have taught in Waihi Beach, Papatoetoe, Auckland and at a small country school near Wellsford. I am married to Neil and we have two young children. We recently moved to the Manawatū to be closer to my wider family and to live in and buy Neil's grandfather's home. As well as my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Education Studies and my Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, I have also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education. In my spare time I enjoy going out with my family, whether it be to a beach, park, movies or out shopping. I teach the class at Tangimoana on Thursdays predominantly as well as on other days as required.

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Office Administrator/Teacher Aide: Whaea Alice Viles

I’ve been in the education sector since 2008. I have taught primarily in the junior school and in ESOL or learning support roles. Prior to teaching I was an adult educator and training provider. While the Manawatū has been the base to my life I have travelled and worked in other NZ centres and foreign countries. I am married and have two teenage girls; we live on a cropping and stock trading farm. I enjoy outdoor activities, walking, the occasional creative pursuit, and genealogy.

I will be the teacher aide at Tangimoana school Monday – Friday mornings and the Office administrator in the afternoons.

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Caretaker: Rob Blackburn

I have been working at the school for 20 years. I live across the road from Tangimoana School and make sure all the school is kept clean and the field, school pool and gardens are regularly tended to.