Mātanginui is our Senior Team (Years 5-6) in Kura Auraki (mainstream) and is housed in Akomanga 1, 2, 3 & 4. Mātanginui is led by Jess Brett.

Mātanginui refers to the many swiftly flowing streams noisily plunging from the peak of Mātanginui to the plains.

Assistant Principal/Team Leader of Mātanginui

Jess Brett

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Kia ora, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to be Assistant Principal and this year, Team Leader of Mātanginui. I have previously taught in Māharahara and Mātanginui and have done intervention teaching across the school. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe that every child has their own talents and strengths that are just waiting to be discovered! I love playing sport and you will often see me out in the playground playing games with students (some of you may even play against me at netball). My role is focused around pastoral care, learning and behaviour support - if you have any questions, come and see me!

Jess Brett Assistant Principal

Chanel Tansley


Kia ora, my name is Whaea Chanel and I teach year 5 & 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

Mark Riley

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Kia Ora, my name is Mr Riley and this year I have the pleasure of teaching in Akomanga 4 with a group of awesome Year 5 and 6’s. I thoroughly enjoy the teaching and learning process and in particular using ICT and digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

Mark Riley Teacher

Emma Coleman

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Tēnā tātou e te whānau

I am a new Kaiako to Mātanginui, and am excited to take on the new challenge of teaching in Akomanga 3 with the Senior team. 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.

Mauri Ora!

Emma Coleman Teacher

Sarah Carpendale

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Kia ora! My name is Sarah Carpendale and I am excited to be teaching Akomanga 9 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


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