About Us

The leadership team includes the Principal and Deputy Principal. We have six year-group team leaders. Each team consists of two to five teachers at a similar year level. A number of other staff take on responsibilities throughout the school. We also have a number of teacher aides who work in classes or with individual students and a support team for administration and property.

We have...

  • 5x e-Learning classes
  • Preschool
  • Maori Specialist
  • Science/Enviro specialist
  • Reading support teachers
  • English Language Teachers
  • Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (R.T.L.B)
  • SWANS Class (Students with Additional Needs)
  • Social worker
  • School nurses
  • Cooking & Gardening staff

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of parents elected to represent the community of Dawson Primary. They meet every third Thursday of the month at the school from 5.30 – 8.00.

The Chairperson of the Board is Steven Martin and the Deputy Chair is Iunisi Johanson.

The Board of Trustees can be contacted through the school.

Steven Martin

Board Chair

Iunisi Johansson

Eterei Maluafou (Lei)

Luseane Kaivaha (Lucy)

Management & Office Staff

Angela Funaki


Nic Hennephof

Associate Principal

Y1 Team Leader / SENCO

Tarayn Zeier

Associate Principal

Y5 Team Leader / ICT / Inquiry

Jo van de Paverd

Office Staff

Merryn Boyd

Executive Officer

Year 1 Teachers

Toni Taylor

Room 2

Valerie Ramsay

Room 3 - Y0/1

Jenny Wards

Room 4 - Y0/1

Staff Rep - Board of Trustees

Year 2 Teachers

John 'Ofanoa

Room 5 - Y2

Year 2 Team Leader

Parag Gandhi

Room 6 - Y2

Ravneet Sandhu

Room 7 - Y2

Year 3 Teachers

Deshni Pillay

Room 8

Year 3 Team Leader / Preschool

Sam Coetzee

Room 10

Year 4 Teachers

Waheda Govender

Room 11

Manpreet Kaur

R12 - Y4

Diane Brass

Room 13

SWANS Class Y3&4

Year 4 Team Leader / SENCO

Year 5 Teachers


Kaitlyn Tutt

Room 19 - Y4&5

Laura Ehrhorn

Room 21

P.E. Co-ordinator

Year 6 Teachers


Anna Latulipe

Room 16

Cultural Responsiveness Leader / Year 6 Team Leader

Bonita Pesaleli

Room 17 - Y5&6

P.E. Co-ordinator

Sara Guthrie

Room 18

Specialist Staff & Caretaker

Kirsty Ellis

ESOL Teacher / Reading Together

Carolyn Tawhai

ESOL Teacher

Deborah Davies

Room 15

Science/ Enviro Specialist

Johnny Hoff

SWIS Worker

Grant McMillan


Teacher Aides / Support Staff

Judy Fowler

Asarey Maika

Sabrina Edwards

Tile Ioane

Eni Tamatoa

Lani Mataio

Michelle McMillan

Sivao Leuta

Puvava Seumanataf

Mary Manu

Pravitha Singh

Release Teacher

Rita Natoealofa


Noho-Ana Sheppard

Valmai Fili