Tararua is our team of teachers and teacher aides who support our ORS (Ongoing Resource Scheme) students. This team is led by Natalie Cooper, our Assistant Principal.

Tararua is wāhi tapu; a sacred and significant place to the tangata whenua, Rangitāne. The Tararua Range runs for 80 km from the Manawatū Gorge to the upper reaches of the Hutt Valley.

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Assistant Principal

Natalie Cooper

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Kia Ora, I am Natalie Cooper, Assistant Principal and Team Leader of Tararua Team.

Our team has the privilege of working with students who have been identified as needing a highly adapted learning and teaching programme.

Underpinning our practice is the belief that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which to grow and learn.

Our team at Central Normal School strives to remove barriers to learning, recognizes and responds to diversity and supports children to thrive as learners.

An important part of our process is developing collaborative relationships within our communities of practice. In order for our students to be the best they can be, we draw together knowledge from educators, specialist, parents and whanau.

He Waka Eke Noa – We’re all in this together.

NATALIE COOPERAssistant Principal
ORS Teacher

Heidi Boyer

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Tena koutou katoa
Ko Heidi Boyer toku ingoa
Ko Tararua te pae maunga
Ko Manawatu te awa
No Papaioea ahua
Kei Otangaki, Ashhurst, toku kainga inaianei

Kai ora, I am a special needs teacher at CNS. I take pride in encouraging tamariki to participate and engage in all learning and play experiences offered to them at our kura. I look forward to supporting your child, developing a positive relationship with them and your whanau. 

ORS Teacher

Tracey Waaka

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Ko Tararua te pae maunga.
Ko Manawatu te awa.
Ko Eclurga te waka.
No Te Awahou au, engari e noho ana ki Papaioeia inaianei.
Ko Tracey Waaka toku ingoa.

I am a special needs teacher here at CNS and enjoy helping our children to meet the challenges of becoming more independent and confident individuals.

Tracey Waaka ORS Teacher
ORS Teacher

Simone Murphy

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Kia ora,  I’m Simone Murphy and I have the privilege of being an ORS Teacher at CNS.   I believe strongly that once children have their belonging, know they have a place and feel safe and secure they can achieve.   I love being able to be part of the children’s growth and watching them learn alongside their peers and teachers in a safe and nurturing environment.

Simone Murphy ORS Teacher

We also have a large number of highly talented Teacher Aides who support children with their learning. 


Ada-May Green

Andrea Wishnowsky

Andrea Freebairn

Angela Brownlie

Christine Shearman

Courtney Potaka

Feleti Sae-Ta'ufo'ou

Janine Guard

Isaiah Pritchard

Karen Browne

Karen Phillips

Karen Tinning

Kathryn Watson

Linda Lockwood

Lisa Smiley

Lucy Wistrand

Nikita Terrey

Sheryll Bailey

Sophie Baylis

Wendy Woods


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