Mātanginui is our Senior Team (Years 5-6) in Kura Auraki (mainstream) and is housed in Akomanga 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Mātanginui is led by Emma Riley.
Mātanginui refers to the many swiftly flowing streams noisily plunging from the peak of Mātanginui to the plains.
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!
Emma Riley Team Leader
Kia ora, my name is Whaea Chanel and I teach year 6 students in Akomanga 1. I am a volunteer firefighter in Tangimoana, and love being able to contribute to my community. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, bush walks, and spending time with family and friends. I aim to provide a safe and supportive environment that facilitates positive learning experiences for all our children.
Chanel Tansley Teacher
Kia ora! My name is Sarah Carpendale and I am excited to be teaching Akomanga 3 in the Mātanginui team this year. I really enjoy building relationships with the students in my class, and working alongside whānau to achieve the best learning outcomes for all students. I am passionate about teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and I enjoy a good challenge! In my spare time, I love exploring Aotearoa with my husband and two children.
Sarah Carpendale Teacher
Kane Fawcett Teacher
Tēnā tātou e te whānau
This year I am teaching in Akomanga 5 with the Mātanginui. Being a Māmā of 3 boys, I aspire to be the Kaiako that I would want for them. I am conscious and understanding of each student's individuality and am committed to finding ways to adapt my practices to suit their needs and interests. As a speaker of Te Reo Māori, and after starting my teaching career in Te Arawaru, I have developed a passion for bicultural promotion and providing culturally rich learning experiences.
My akomanga is a space where all whānau are welcome and my door is always open. I look forward to working with you and your tamaiti this year.