Let us keep close together, not far apart - Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa



PRINCIPAL:  Phil Reynolds

Deputy Principal/Junior Syndicate/SENCO:  Kahla Topia

Senior Dean:  Rita Howard


Room 1(Y0-3):  Melanie Wilson

Room 3 (Y4-6):  Sharleena Short

Link (Y7-8):  Kahla Topia


English: Rita Howard

P.E:  Simon Barnsley

Art:  Adam Jones

Workshop Technology:  Danny Cherrington

Food Technology:  Adrienne McAvinue

Te Reo:  Miringa Silipa

Science:  Dave Sadgrove

Maths:  Danny Cherrington

Gateway/STAR/Careers:  Rita Howard

Visiting Technology: Nikki Matthews, Kerry Whelan-Jones

Learning Support Coordinator: Molly North


Finance/Administration:  Rangi Tuhiwai

Administration/Library:  Karen Sadgrove

Caretaker/Groundsmen:  David Thonig & Rob Davies

Cleaners:    Daphne Nikora & Leanne Ansell

Driver (Town/Gateway):  Daphne Nikora



Student Leadership is an integral part of the leadership team at Mangakahia Area School.

Supporting the Head Students these are the following groups:

  • Student Council - representatives from every year level commencing Year 5

  • Wellness Team - looking at ways to maintain and improve student hauora 

  • MASSE Team - the kaitiaki of the kura, actively leading environmentally sustainable practice at Mangakahia Area School

  • Sports Council

  • House Captains



Principal:  Phil Reynolds (BA, Dip Tchg, Grad Dip Education)

Deputy Principal:  Kahla Topia (BA Tchg)

Senior Dean:  Rita Howard (BA, Dip Tchg)

Head Students: TBC

Commissioner: Vivien Knowles


Parent Trustee: 

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Principal:  Phil Reynolds

The Board of Trustees (BOT) elections are held in May every 3 years (e.g. May 2016, May 2019, May 2022).

There are two Board of Trustees Meetings per term.


Please see the Board Plan to see what is included in each meeting, and which Policies are to be reviewed. 

You are welcome at any Board meeting, please contact the School Office for when the next Board Meeting is scheduled.

If you would like a copy of any Board minutes please email admin@mangakahia.school.nz

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
Whanau Supporting Whanau - Being there for our kids

We are parents, grandparents and staff who meet monthly to discuss what is going on at school and what we can do to help out.


We organise school based community events, help with fundraising and assist at school events.


Meeting Details:

  • First Monday of each month

  • No meetings during term break

  • 4.30pm in the staffroom