Tui Halatokoua


Mālo e lelei, I have the absolute pleasure of leading this amazing kura as tumuaki. Over my many years in education I have worked alongside many amazing tamariki and staff, and am excited to work with the dynamic team here at Awapuni. Awapuni Schools MANA values; Manaakitanga, Mana Tangata, Mana Atua and Mahi Tahi are in line with my personal values also.  I enjoy Fishing, diving and spending time outdoors. I love music and training. I love to grow leaders and promote a growth mindset among our tamariki.

​Mālo 'aupito


Deputy Principal, Teacher Year 1/2

Janine Stephens

(Ngati Rangi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Muaupoko, Ngati Apa ki te Ra Tō, Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi)

I have taught at Awapuni School for almost 10 years in the new entrant class.  I have been a part of the Awapuni School community for the last 16 years as three of my children attended Awapuni School.  As a parent I coached sports teams, maintained the swimming pool and was a teacher aide. 


I love working in the junior school and have high expectations for the children’s learning and achievement.  I am constantly learning te reo Māori and this is reflected in the classroom.  Play is also an important part of my classroom in order to support the children’s social and emotional learning and development as well as providing opportunities for them to explore, experiment, problem solve and be creative.


Erica Meads

Assistant Principal, Curriculum LSC

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Kraut Houston

Teacher - Year 4/5/6

My name is Carl Houston but call me Kraut. Born in Palmerston North, raised up in Shannon and at our marae Ngāti Whakatere between Shannon and Foxton. The main iwi I whakapapa too is Ngāti Raukawa, Tūwharetoa and Rangitāne. I travelled for 13 years in my heyday and in 2006 arrived back to the mainland where I enrolled at UCOL and studied Exercise and Sport Science. I worked for Midcentral Health for 4 and half years when I decided to do my postgrad in Teaching. I have been teaching for 5 years now and love it. Mauriora!

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Te Ara Ponga

Teacher Maori Medium

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Sarai Pilkington

Teacher Yr 3/4


Keri-Michele Rukuwai

Teacher Aide



Secretary / Office Manager

Hayley Fraser

Kia ora, I moved into the school office in the beginning of 2022. I'm the face to greet you coming into the administration block, and your to go for anything school or student management related. 


CRT Release

Liz Preotesea-Wagner

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Koare Paniora

School Maintenance 

Koare can be seen working around the school doing all the hard work to keep our grounds looking spick & span.

Claire is our specialist Reading Recovery teacher, supporting students with their literacy in a one-to-one environment.

Claire Whitehead

Reading Recovery

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