About Fairhaven School

At Fairhaven we pride ourselves in our school and our facilities.

Such as:

  • Heated pool
  • Hall and stage
  • Whare Kotahitanga
  • 3x playgrounds (Junior, Middle & Senior)
  • Library
  • Cricket nets and pitch
  • Netball and basketball courts
  • Sand pits
  • Large field area (Rugby, soccer, etc.)
  • Shade areas

2023 Teaching Staff Organisation

Paul Hunt – Principal
Sandra Cross – Deputy Principal – Year 3 – 6
Vicki Hiini – Deputy Principal – NE, Year 1 – Y2 (& Te Puke Kahui Ako Lead)
Tatai Takuira-Mita – Deputy Principal – Toitoi Manawa – (& Te Puke Kahui Ako Across School Lead)

Totara Pod

Year 5 & 6

Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6

Dana Piggot – Room 3
Seamus Collins – Room 4 (Sports Coordinator)
Taryn Furnell – Room 5 (Kahui Ako Within School Teacher / Digital Curriculum Lead)
Jaala Poihipi – Room 6 (Pod Leader)

Rata Pod

Year 2, 3 & 4

Rooms 14, 17, 21, 22

Year 2 & 3 Jeanette Crawford – Room 13
Year 3 & 4 Alicia Best – Room 14
Year 3 & 4 David Scown- Room 17 (Pod Leader)
Year 3 & 4 Delwyn Weaver (Pod Leader)/ Jo Morrison – Room 21
Year 3 & 4 Trish Hunt – Room 22 (Indian Dance)

Miro Pod

Year 1 & 2

Rooms 10, 11, 12

Year 1 & 2 Marianne Wilson – Room 10 (Pod Leader)
Year 2 Sandra Hollinshead – Room 11
Year 2 Jay Morrison – Room 12

Tawa Pod

Year NE

Rooms 7, 8, 9, 15

Mandy Miller – Room 7
Michelle Paterson – Room 8 (Pod Leader)
Claudia Jones – Room 9
Aimee Stringer – Room 15

Toitoi Manawa

Māori Immersion

Rooms 18, 19, 20

Te Rea – Year 0 – 2 Hollie Hauraki – Room 20
Te Tipu – Year 2 – 3 Nita Takiari – Room 18
Te Māhuri – Year 4 – 6 Pania Ririnui Room 19
Pod Leader – Tatai Takuira-Mita

Learning Support Coordinator: Liz Logan
ORS Specialist Teacher: Janelle Hungerford
Reading Recovery Teacher: Nicola Gibbons
Classroom Teacher Release: Natasha Amadio, Helen Williams and Kimberly Petri

What makes Fairhaven School a great place to learn and grow?

  • Caring, supportive, experienced & dedicated Staff
  • Modern classroom environments
  • A wide variety of extracurricular activities and experiences to develop your child’s confidence and self-esteem
  • The use of technologies to assist with learning. A range of devices, depending on the year level, including ipads and chromebooks
  • Great facilities — Heated swimming pool, large hall, Whare Kotahitanga, large fields, library, 3x playgrounds, cricket nets and pitch, sand pits, shade areas etc.
  • Awesome opportunities and support for children
  • Fantastic parent participation and support

Nat van der Merwe

I am writing this to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the staff at Fairhaven. Our journey started 2 years ago. They say 1st impressions last, well I was approached by a very friendly, sincere gentleman on the day that I enrolled my kids and to my surprise it was the principal Mr Hunt. What is most impressive to me is that until today he is that same friendly man who is approachable to kids.

I am always looking forward to hear how my kids’ day went at school as there is always a story to tell! Thanks for all the care and support from the dedicated teachers! On a daily basis I can testify to an incredible team at Fairhaven! Fairhaven creates a secure atmosphere for the kids to dream, strive and achieve which ultimately produces happy confident children.

Thank you for equipping them to form healthy relationships and to develop their EQ.

Fairhaven you rock!

Monica Stevens

Fairhaven school have helped nurture my children into excited busy little people. They come home happy, eager to share all the great things they have experienced and learnt that day.

I have watched my children, who were once very shy, blossom. They are confident, outgoing and goal driven, constantly striving to do better. All their achievements are celebrated and acknowledged.

The teachers are always encouraging and supportive to both parents and children. I as a parent always feel included and valued and I know my children do too.

Fairhaven is a wonderful school, a school that values and supports their pupils pushing them to know their worth and potential is unlimited.