Our People

Lisa Malones


Lisa comes to Mangaroa School after teaching on the Kapiti Coast and as a teaching principal in the Wairarapa.  Originally from Canada, she now considers herself a “Caniwi.”   In her spare time, she enjoys playing goalie for Upper Hutt, tramping and riding her mountain bike.

Sam Harrison
Deputy Principal
Year 4/5/6 Teacher

Sam comes to us after teaching for 10 years at Tawa School.  Sam has a keen interest in the outdoors and is often found camping, mountain biking, kayaking or playing softball.  Sam enjoys spending time with her family, including lots of walks with their dogs, Hugo and Harriet.  

Sherryl Allen
Assistant Principal
NE/Year 1 Teacher

Sherryl can be found teaching the New Entrant/Year One class.  She is also our staff representative on the Board of Trustees.  Sherryl enjoys welcoming our five-year-olds as they start their school adventure.  Out of school, she enjoys quilting, gardening and reading. 

Chriss Finlay
Year 1/2 Teacher

Chriss came from Christchurch in 2009, where she was a Reading Recovery teacher and an ESOL teacher for 12 years.  She returned to full-time classroom teaching when she came to Mangaroa.  Chriss's added area of responsibility is Special Needs.  Out of school, Chriss enjoys walking, gardening, reading, music, being creative and giving hospitality. 

Andy Smith
Year 2/3 Teacher 

Originally from England, Andy answered the call to teach later in life after careers in accountancy and scuba diving. After graduating from teacher's college in 2015, he taught on the Kapiti Coast and brings his rich and varied life experience to share with the school.  In his spare time, Andy loves to cycle, keep fit, write, bake and is currently adapting to the Kiwi way of life. 

Sherryn James
Year 4/5/6 Teacher

Sherryn has moved up to the senior syndicate for 2018 and is co-teaching in Years 4/5/6.  She has a special interest in environmental education, especially around our school.  In her spare time, Sherryn enjoys gardening.

Leann Rice
Classroom Release Teacher

Leanne was born and bred in Upper Hutt.  She has been the classroom release teacher (and reliever) at Mangaroa School since 2015.  Outside of school, Leann enjoys spending time with her family, walking her two dogs and playing netball.  

Sharon Watson
Reading Recovery Teacher

Sharon first taught at Mangaroa School when it was a two-teacher school.  Since then, both of her children have attended Mangaroa and she's now back as the Reading Recovery teacher. When not busy at school, she is kept busy with her two children and their dancing and sporting interests.  Sharon loves to garden, read and spend time at the family bach in the Wairarapa.   

Support Staff

Ellen Abel 
Office/Accounts Manager

Ellen has been involved with Mangaroa School since 2005 when her oldest son started.  Since then, her two other boys have attended our school.  Ellen started working in the office in 2008.  Having three very active, sporty boys keeps her busy.  She enjoys watching their sports and can be found on the sideline of most of their games.  When she's not running around after her boys, she enjoys running on her own. 

Karen Gwyn
Office Administrator

Karen's three children have all attended Mangaroa School since moving to Upper Hutt in 2015 (her youngest is still here).  She is originally from Blenheim but has followed her husband with his career in the Air Force.  When Karen is not working, you can find her on the sidelines supporting her boys at the rugby and cricket grounds or she will be walking up Cannon Point or a hill nearby. 

Melva Max
Library Assistant

Melva grew up in Lower Hutt.  She worked for the Education Department for six years before moving to Upper Hutt with her husband.  Melva has been a resident of Mangaroa/Maymorn since 1964 and loves the valley very much. Her main interest is her family of six (adult) children and nine grandchildren. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, crosswords and tutoring adults in conjunction with Tai Poutini Polytechnic on the West Coast of the South Island.  Melva's involvement with Mangaroa School started in 1998 when her youngest son started in Room 1 with Mrs. Allen.   She is a qualified Teacher Aide, Librarian and Adult Tutor.

Rachael Johnstone
Teacher Aide

Rachael has lived in Mangaroa with her family since 2010 and has been in Upper Hutt since 2000.  Two of her three children have attended Managaroa School (her youngest has another year to go).  She enjoys gardening, walking her dogs and reading a good novel.  

Pat Cudby

Pat has lived in Mangaroa for 35 years.  She enjoys bush walks with her dog, Amber, sewing, cross stitching, knitting and taking part in her husband's sport of motorcycling, as well as her granddaughter's sport of roller skating.

Raima Kingi
Kapa Haka Teacher

Whaea Raima is a descendant of Te Arawa and Ngapuhi.  She lives in Paekakariki with her partner and 5 of her 6 tamariki.  She works at Paekakariki School as the office administrator and teacher aide and enjoys music and sport.  Raima also loves martial arts and runs her own martial arts school, teaching Combat Hapkido.  Raima has studied Tae Kwon Do and currently studies Aikido and Maori weaponry.  In her spare time, she coaches basketball. 

Board of Trustees

Nicki Bouchereau
Board Chairman

Nicki has been involved with Mangaroa School since 2010 when the first of her three kids started.  Having grown up in the Bay of Plenty, Upper Hutt has been home for the last 20 years except for a 2.5 year stint working in Melbourne.  When she's not working as a Business Analyst and running around after her three children, she enjoys tending to her organic vegetable garden, health and fitness. 

Stephen Lynch
Parent Rep

Stephen and his wife have two children at Mangaroa School who are thriving in the environment offered by the school.  They have been welcomed into the village through the school and its community, having moved from Cheltenham to the Valley two years ago.  The impact it has made on their children both in terms of quality of education and broader skills is a result of the hard work and dedication of staff, pupils, Board of Trustees and volunteers.  When time permits, Stephen enjoys cycling, technology and shed-based tinkering.

Mal Polglase
Parent Rep

Mal is born and bred in Upper Hutt with the exception of 12 years in which he took to travel and see the world and, on his return, he settled in Mangaroa.  He is a builder and runs his own company which has built a lot of houses in the Mangaroa Valley and Upper Hutt.  Mal has 3 boys and loves to be involved in all their sporting activities, including rugby, riding motocross and skiing.  

Hamish Preston
Parent Rep

Hamish and his family moved to Mangaroa Valley in February 2016 and are loving the lifestyle change.  After being involved in education in Japan for nearly 10 years, he moved back to Wellington and into a management role with the family meat business.  Hamish is a volunteer fireman and enjoys the outdoors and keeping fit in his spare time. 

Dan Poeira

Parent Rep

Dan and his family have lived in Mangaroa since 2013, when their first daughter started at Mangaroa School.  Dan has lived and worked around the Whitemans Valley/Mangaroa Valley since he was a wee lad.  Dan and family recently moved back to the valley after a short time away share milking in Martinborough and have started up their own Fencing business. Dan looks forward to continuing his support of Mangaroa School as he will be here for many years to come.