Leadership Team

Maria Hamill
Maria HamillPrincipal

Tena Koutou katoa

I have 21 years’ experience as a Primary School Principal (Year 1–Year 8) and 30 years of being in the teaching profession.

I have taught at all Year levels in my career but I have a ‘special liking’ for the New Entrants and the Year 7/8 age groups.    In all my years of Principal-ship I have regularly taught in the classroom or taken groups of students for lessons. I am married to Clive who is a Secondary School Principal and as professional colleagues we often have lots to talk about. We have 2 beautiful daughters – Roimata who has followed in her mums and dads footsteps. She is an excellent practitioner in the classroom and an aspiring leader.  Rangimaria, our youngest daughter has lived in Australia for 10 years.  She has a ‘talent’ with interpersonal skills (just like her parents!!) and works as the Human Resource Coordinator for an international company Betchel in Perth.

I was born and bred in Tainui. I attended Horotiu Primary School and Ngaruawahia High School with my other 5 siblings.  It is indeed a privilege and an honour to be the principal of Ngaruawahia Primary School for the last 17 years – the staff are committed, our parents/caregivers are supportive and our Board of Trustees are dedicated to do the best we can for our tamariki.

Mana te Tuatahi.

Maraea Te Pou - RikihanaDeputy Principal
Pratima Achari
Pratima AchariAssistant Principal

Kiaora!
My name is Whaea Pratima. I am the Assistant Principal/Senior Teacher for Technology. I have been teaching at Ngaruawahia Primary School for the last 17 and a half years. My subjects include Food Technology and Soft Materials.

Although I am a trained High School Teacher I enjoy teaching eleven and twelve year olds. I believe that every student no matter what their ability is can do their very best if teachers have high expectations of them. My goal in my classroom is to inspire my students and teach them the skills through Technological Literacy to be life long learners.

There are students from twelve other schools who come to our Technology Centre. These students are from different Socio-Economic group cultures and are of different abilities. Getting to know these students and learning from them makes teaching interesting.