Charmaine Taplin

Charmaine Taplin

Principal

Hi, I’m Charmaine and I have been a part of the Kahutara community for over 20 years. My three children all went to this school and I feel very lucky to be teaching here with such wonderful children.

I live on a sheep and beef farm but we also have a beach house at Ngawi. We love going out there as it is where I can relax with long walks and a spot of fishing. My children are growing up and I now have a gorgeous granddaughter to spoil.

I have been teaching at Kahutara for the last 9 years and I thoroughly enjoy my leadership role in the school, and feel proud to be working alongside the staff here.

Hamish McRae

Hamish McRae

Deputy Principal, Ngātahi Learning Hub

Hi I’m Hamish. I was brought up here in the Wairarapa, and lived locally until moving away after High School. Long story short after 18 years and countless weekend and holiday trips back to surf, hunt and spend time with friends and family I’m finally back for good.

I have been teaching for just over 12 years, and worked at schools in both Gisborne and Wellington. Having been team teaching for the past 7 years I am excited to be working in the Hub. I value working alongside other teachers as well as developing learning environments that inspire and motivate students. I look forward to continuing to build the collaborative environment of the Hub and developing learner agency.

I enjoy teaching and trying to engage and assist students in their learning. Challenging students to think creatively and critically is something I always strive to do. I’m passionate about the outdoors and getting students outside, active and thinking about their environment. I look forward to many exciting adventures here at Kahutara School.

Ben Milne

Ben Milne

Ngātahi Learning Hub

I have moved to the Wairarapa from Wellington to teach in the beautiful surroundings of Kahutara School.

In Wellington I taught at Ridgway school for 3 years and before that I was doing a 5 year OE in London.

I love the wide open spaces and the down-to-earth kids that the Wairarapa provides. I’m a big sports fan and I love playing cricket and football. I am the sports coordinator at Kahutara and I hope to get as many kids enjoying as many different sports as possible. Sport is awesome fun and kids can learn some important life-lessons along the way.

My wife Rosie and I were married in 2016 and we have our first child due in May. The Wairarapa is an amazing place to bring up a family and we are looking forward to getting further involved in the community.

Olivia Woodhouse

Olivia Woodhouse

Room 5 Teacher

Kia Ora, I’m Olivia and I am the New Entrance/Year 1 teacher at Kahutara School. This is my first year teaching in the Primary School Sector, before Kahutara School I was working in Early Childhood with our two year olds. Although I loved working with the younger children, I decided to follow my dreams and become a Primary School teacher. I am enjoying working with the New Entrance/Year 1 class and all the exploring, learning and fun we get to have!

I was raised in a small rural community on a family farm in Pongaroa. I spent most of my Primary years either helping Mum and Dad out on the farm or riding my horse Whiskey. Through spending so much time on the farm I have developed a special love for the land and always enjoy going back to be in the fresh air.

I am very lucky and privileged to be teaching in such a supporting school and community and I look forward to the many adventures ahead at Kahutara School.

Nycki Proctor

Nycki Proctor

Room 3 Teacher

Mel Handyside

Mel Handyside

Part Time Teacher

Jodi Menson

Jodi Menson

Part time Teacher

Grace King

Grace King

Reading Recovery

Sandie Fletcher

Sandie Fletcher

Teacher Aide

Mary Mason

Mary Mason

Teacher Aide

Rochelle Latimer

Rochelle Latimer

Teacher Aide

Laraine Nix

Laraine Nix

Office Administrator

Jane Gibbens

Jane Gibbens

Part time Office Administrator

Bryan Foreman

Bryan Foreman

Caretaker, Groundsman