Kiri McKelvey – Office Administrator
Tena koutou katoa, I moved to Titahi Bay five years ago and feel like I have come home working in the office at Ngāti Toa School. My three grown-up children attended a very similar school in Te Kuiti where I was a parent, BoT member and heavily involved with sports and kapahaka. I have had a number of office and management positions in Te Kuiti, and now having two small boys now at home, it has been my dream job to work in a school. My son Lewis and I have been warmly welcomed into the school and I look forward to getting to know you all better as I work with you and your tamariki. We are so lucky to have wonderful staff, happy engaged learners and supportive whanau all invested in our school. Our children are our future, they all have so much to offer. I love hearing their lovely manners in the office or hearing them call “Kia ora whaea Kiri!” when out in the community. Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.
Melvina Martin – Teacher aide
I have been a Teacher Aide at Ngati Toa School for over 7 years. I attended Ngāti Toa school as a primary student with my brother and sisters back when there was a kindergarten here which was situated in Room 1. I have since had my own children grace our hallways and now have nephews at the school. Many more of my family’s children will come through in the future. I love working at Ngāti Toa School and enjoy the environment, the amazing teaching staff and the all-round family feel. I also love, and am amazed watching our young learners grow and mature. I feel so honoured when an ex-pupil of Ngāti Toa takes the time to say , “Hello Whaea Mel”. I believe Ngāti Toa offers a warm welcoming feeling and strives to make sure our students are given the best opportunity possible to achieve and learn.
Joan Adam – Teacher aide
After years working in Wellington as a public servant for government departments it wasn’t until I had my first child in 2005 I realised the corporate world just wasn’t for me. Eleven years on and married with three amazing children I love that I get to work at the school that’s been an integral part of my life since 1980! From our very own playcentre (now Kōtiri) I always had fond memories of amazing friends, dedicated teachers, wicked concerts and kapahaka. Ngāti Toa really was, and still is, the coolest little school in the Bay!
Nicola Comerford – Porirua Primary Schools Sports Director
Prior being at home raising my two sons, I was a primary school teacher for ten years working in three different countries in middle to upper primary age groups. I started my teaching at Clyde Quay School before spending two years in North Carolina.then London where I worked at Links Primary School for four years. Here I really loved having student teachers in my class and enjoyed my role as the PE co-ordinator for the 400+ student school.
I have been associated with Ngāti Toa School for many years as a parent, Board of Trustees member and now the caretaker. I enjoy supporting the school in any way I can to make the best opportunities available to our children.