Koromatua School - Te Pono me te Aroha - Truth and Love - Together Towards Excellence


About Koromatua School- Who we are.

Teaching Staff

Angela Heley

Kaiako/Teacher, New Entrants Rm 6



Liz McCauley

Kaiako/Teacher, Yr 1/2 Rm 5


Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)



General Information

Ko Liz McCauley tōku ingoa.
Ko Te Arawa te waka,
Ko Waitaha Ko Ngāi Te Rangi Ko Ngāti Ranginui Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi ōku iwi. Nō Tauranga ahau.

Kia ora, it’s an absolute privilege to be teaching and learning at this amazing Kura and being part of such a special community. I look forward to getting to know and work alongside all the tamariki, whānau and the wonderful Kaiako here at Koromatua.
I have a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) and have spent time teaching at various Primary schools in Nelson and most recently at Raglan Area School. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe all children can achieve success, knowing that I care about them and value them by providing a safe, supportive, fun and inclusive learning environment where we co-construct, adapt and celebrate our learning and cultural identities. I have high expectations for learning in my classroom and encourage all children to strive to achieve their full potential.
I’ve lived in numerous locations both here in NZ and overseas, travelled far and wide and have enjoyed a variety of careers. I have three adult children, Conor, Flynn and Sinead. As a family we love exploring and going on trips. We’ve travelled extensively throughout the North and South Islands, not forgetting a few unforgettable overseas journeys and experiences, but most of all we love swimming and spending time at the beach.
I am passionate about anything to do with art and I paint, draw and create whenever I can. I am fascinated about history, spending time in libraries and museums and love researching and delving into the mysteries and stories from my own family genealogy. Of course, nothing beats reading a great book and a comfy spot with my cat Luna curled up beside me.
Ngā mihi nui,
Whaea Liz.

Jewel Spain

Kaiako/Teacher, Yr 5&6, Rm 12



Katarina Neale

Kaiako/Teacher, Yr 2/3 Rm 4


Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching (Primary)



General Information

I have been a teacher for a number of years both in New Zealand and overseas. I am passionate about teaching and learning and I thrive on the challenges that engage and motivate students through authentic learning opportunities. My belief is that as life-long learners, teachers and students alike are on a journey of discovery together, especially in the digital world that we live in today.
In Ruma Wha, we are working towards being independent learners. As we are a group of different individuals, all students are provided for in a variety of ways. We want the children to be excited about coming to school, about their learning and have fun being with their friends.
When I am not working I love spending time with my whanau and “Face time” with whanau overseas. Reading, art, dance and travel are interests of mine.

Tish Storer

Kaiako o Reorua, Yr 3,4 & 5 Rm 8


Bachelor of Social Sciences, Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, Bachelor of Maori Performing Art



General Information

Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei - Seek the treasure you value most dearly, if you bow, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Mauriora Kia Koutou,

Ko Tish Storer toku ingoa. Ko au tētahi Taituarā o te kura me te kaitiaki o ngā Pōtiki. He kaiako ahau i roto i tetahi ruma Reorua, ara ko te akomanga waru. Ko taku tino mahi, ko te mahi i roto i Te Ao Māori ara ko te kapa haka, kaupapa Maori and matauranga Maori. Kia kaha, kia maīa, kia manawanui. Karawhiua!

Ko Maunga Taniwha me Motatau ngā maunga
Ko Taipa me Taikirau ngā awa
Ko Mamaru me Ngatokimatawhaorua ngā waka
Ko Te Paatu me Ngati Hine ngā hapu
Ko Parata me Nukutawhiti ngā rangatira
Ko Ngati Kahu me Ngapuhi ngā iwi
Ko Kauhanga me Manu Koroki ngā marae
Ko Clint Storer toku hoa rangatira
Ko Hira taku tama

No reira, tena koutou katoa.

My name is Tish Storer. I am one of the Assistant Principals leading our Potiki team. I am the Proud Bilingual teacher in room 8. I love Te Ao Māori especially kapa haka, kaupapa Māori and matauranga Māori. Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.Ngā Manaakitanga.

Fenella Jensen

Kaiako o Reorua, Yr 5 & 6 Rm 9


Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies; Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching



General Information

Tena koutou katoa.
Ko Fenella Jensen (Whaea Nelz) ahau.
He uri ahau no Ngati Porou.
My teaching experience includes relieving for one year at a few schools in Hamilton and Morrinsville and one year of full time teaching at Peachgrove Intermediate School. I began my time teaching at Koromatua School in 2017 with only one son and now Ropata and I have three sons. We enjoy being parents and watching them reach their milestones. We also have a dog, her name is Girl. Girl is an important part of our whanau.
I love teaching and inspiring students to be the best that they can be. I strive to instill a belief in the students that they can achieve to high standards by having high expectations.
I like to keep fit and play sport especially netball, touch and basketball. I grew up in Putaruru and moved to Hamilton to attend Waikato University in 2010.

Freddy Beijerling

Kaiako/Teacher, Yr 7&8 Rm 1


Master of Management Studies (Hons); Bachelor of Social Science (Hons); Post-Graduate Diploma of Teaching.



General Information

After retraining as a teacher in 2009 I have had the opportunity to teach at St Joseph’s School in Te Kuiti for almost 4 years, Al Ain Model School for 5 years, Al Hayer Area School for one year, and now here since the start of 2020. Our four children all attended Koromatua School, so we have had a long association. We have a great team at this school, and are fortunate to have a wonderful community and many awesome students as well.
Before marrying Julz, I lived 12 years in the Netherlands, 2 years in the USA, and 8 years in NZ. We have raised our family here, but have also spent 6 years in the UAE – and took the opportunity to see much of the world during those years. We’re happy to be back, especially as it means having closer contact with our five mokopuna.
Besides family time, I enjoy reading, researching things, making things, strategy gaming, and trying to stay fit.
Teaching is something I have always enjoyed, and hope one day to be good at. At the moment my priorities in teaching are:
1. Trying to help tamariki identify their strengths and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to master new things.
2. Encourage students and provide opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills that will give options throughout their lives. Consequently I tend to focus students on areas that they are NOT already confident in.
Not everything in teaching is enjoyable, but I especially love those moments when the light turns on in learners’ eyes, either because they now understand something they did not before, or because they now have the confidence they can do something they previously thought impossible.

Tahi Brown

Taituarā/Kaiako o Reorua, Yr 7-8 Rm 2


Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies, Graduate Diploma in Teaching - Secondary, L7 Diploma Te Piinakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi



General Information

Whakahoonoretia te Runga Rawa, maa te rire o te rangi taatou e manaaki. Ki te pou herenga waka, te pou herenga taangata, pai maarire. Piiataata mai e aku whetuu arataki, okioki atu ai. Tauaarai o te poo, tiitoko ko te ao maarama tihei mauri ora.
Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, kei aku whakatamarahi ki te rangi, kei aku whakatiketike ki te whenua, teenaa koutou katoa. Teenei uri o Ngaati Maahanga, o Ngaati Rere me Ngaati Te Kanawa e whakarere atu ana i ngaa aumihi ki a koutou katoa. Ko ahau te kaiako reo rua moo ngaa tuaakana o te kura. Nooku te maringa nui te tau mai nei ki waenga i te whaanau whaanui o te kura o Koromatua. Ko te manako ia, ka eke panuku, ka eke tangaroa ngaa aakonga katoa o te kura. Maa ngaa ao e rua raatou e manaaki e tiaki i taa raatou whiikoi ki te tihi o angituu. Me tiro whakamuri kia anga whakamua teetehi o ngaa tino koorero e aarahi nei i a au me ngaaku mahi. E tuu ana ngaa tapuwae o onamata hei tauira maa taatou e haere ana ki anamata. E tuu whakaiti hoki ahau hei taituaraa moo te tumuaki. Ko te aronga matua ka pono ngaa mahi, ka rongo anoo hoki i te aroha e rere aawhio nei i te kura, i te haapori hoki. Noo reira e te whaanau, koinei te iti nooku. Ko te atua tooku piringa ka puta ka ora ka puta ka ora.
Mauri ora.

Raharu Murray

Kaiako o Reorua, Yr 7-8 Rm 3. ICT Support Staff


Bachelor of Arts; Graduate Diploma of Teaching; Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership



General Information

E ngā mana, e ngā reo tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngati Kahungungu ki te Wairoa, rātou ko Whakatōhea ōku iwi. My name is Raharu Murray (Nee Hollis). Although I grew up in the South Island, Invercargill, my roots lie to the East in the Bay of Plenty and to the North in the Hokianga.

My journey teaching at Koromatua School started in 2018. I have taught in various Early Childhood Centres and Primary Schools in New Zealand and Queensland for the last 14 plus years. My philosophy is that every child has the right to dream, learn and achieve. It is my privilege as a teacher to work in partnership with students, parents and whānau in order to see children attain that goal.

The things I enjoy in my spare time include playing sport, watching movies with my husband Mulligan and spending time with friends and family.

Desi Walker

Kaiako/Teacher, CRT & AP release, PB4L


Bachelor of Teaching; Diploma of Teaching; Graduate Diploma of Maaori Medium Education



General Information

No Waitaha, no Te Tairaawhiti ahau.

He mihi mahana teenei ki a koutou te whaanau me te hapori o Koromatua!

Kia ora, Ko Whaea Desi ahau. I have been teaching part-time at Koromatua since 2009.

This year I am teaching part-time doing CRT, AP release and PB4L. It is a real joy and pleasure working with everyone at Koromatua.

Outside of school I have a very full and enjoyable life supporting my tamariki and their sporting endeavors, my mokopuna are a delight, and I have wonderful whaanau and friends. I love my chickens! Having time to weave or go fishing is a bonus!

He aha te kai a te rangatira? He korero, he korero, he korero.
What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.
Ngaa manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa!

David Leslie


Deborah Wilson

Kaiako/Teacher Rm 7