The Manawatū Team is the Senior Leadership Team of our school. This team consists of the Principal, Deputy Principal, two Assistant Principals and 4 Team Leaders.
The Manawatū Awa (River) was named by an explorer called Hau who was travelling down the coast from Taranaki following his wife, Wairaka. Hau had crossed several rivers when he reached the Manawatū. Manawatū means ‘heart standing still’; an appropriate reference to Hau’s fear that he would not be able to get across this big, wide river.
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Tēnā koutou e te whānau!
Ko ingarangi te whakapaparangi mai.
Kāore ōku toto Māori, engari ko Aotearoa te whenua i whakatipu mai ia au.
Ko Papaioea te kāinga.
Ko Warnock tōku whānau.
He Tumuaki ahau i te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea.
Ko Elly ahau.
What an honour to be the Tumuaki/Principal of Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea/Central Normal School while Regan is away on secondment at the Ministry of Education until June 2025.
The enduring whakatauki, ‘He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ sits at the heart of our kura. We place great value and emphasis on our people and strive to have a kura where everyone - tamariki, kaiako and whānau, are at the forefront and heart of every decision. From this foundation, learning and teaching can flourish.
I welcome your visit to our kura
ELLY WARNOCK Tumuaki/Principal
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko ingarangi te whakapaparangi mai engari Ko papaioia te kāinga.
He Tumuaki Tuarua au i te kura tuatahi o Papaioia.
Ko Catherine toku ingoa.
I have been Teaching at Central Normal for 28 years and this year I am super excited to be further developing my leadership skills as Acting Deputy Principal. I love that I am going to be able to support our tamariki and kaiako in a different way.
CATHERINE PALLESEN Deputy Principal
Pipi Blundell ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Kia Ora Koutou
IMOGEN SMITH ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Mauri ora ki te whānau o te kura nei, ā tēnā tātou.
Ki te taha o tōku kuia, he uri tēnei nō ngā iwi o Ngāti Raukawa te au ki te tonga me Ngāti Apa, nō ngā waka o Tainui me Kurahaupō.
I tipu ake au ki tō mātou ūkaipō, ko Ōhinepuhiawe, ki te taha o tō mātou whare tūpuna o Parewahawaha.
Ko te awa rā e whakairo ana i te whenua, hei tautīnei mō tō mātou hapū o Ngāti Parewahawaha, ko Rangitīkei.
Ki te taha o tōku koroua, he uri hoki ahau nō Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngai Tūhoe me Ngāti Kahungunu.
Ko Alefaio tōku hoa tāne. I ahu mai ia i te whenua tapu o Savai’i kei Hāmoa, ā, ko te ingoa tawhito, ko Hawaiki. Tokorima ā māua tamariki. Tēnā tātou.
I am so lucky to be working with our tamariki in Te Arawaru in the Whare with Year 3/4 this year. I am passionate about Māori achievement and empowering our tamariki to enter the world confident and proud of their Māoritanga. I enjoy being part of the journey watching our tamariki grow in their mātauranga Māori, creativity and most of all, in who they are.
MELISSA SEUMANU TEAM LEADER
Ko Tararua ngā pae maunga
Ko Manawatu toku awa
Ko Papaioea toku wahi noho
He kaiako ahau kei te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea toku kura
Ko Mason tōku ingoa whānau
Ko Warren tōku papa
Ko Geraldine tōku mama
Ko Rachel tōku ingoa
Ko Tyler tōku hoa rangatira
No reira ko ahau tēnei
Tena koutou, tena koutou
Tena koutou katoa
Kia Ora! I’m Rachel Mason and I am lucky enough to be the team leader of Māharahara - our middle school team full of amazing Year 3 and 4 students. This year you will find me in Akomanga 7. I really enjoy getting to know the students in my class, in our team and in our wider kura, along with their whānau, and seeing them thrive in their learning each and every day! In my spare time I enjoy playing netball, heading out along our beautiful river walks with my little Foxy dog Daisy, spending time with family and friends and trying my hand at DIY renovations in my home - if you have any handy hints, feel free to let me know!
RACHEL MASON TEAM LEADER
Kia ora, my name is Whaea Emma and I am the team leader of Mātanginui (our senior team) for 2023. I am the kaiako of Akomanga 2 where I have an amazing group of Year 6 tamariki. I have a keen interest in teaching Music, Science (particularly New Zealand Wildlife), Fitness + Physical Education as well as Written language. I am passionate about students unlocking their own learning potential as well as growing themselves as people. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my young family and getting out into the sunshine!