Takaka Primary School

Kia Kotahi Tātou, Tū Tonu Mai!


Whanau teacher of Room 4, Kahikatea, Year 6, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Lynda will continue her role of Across School Teacher in our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) and while she is attending to this, Talia will be teaching (Thursdays and Fridays). Lynda continues as Senior Hub Leader on the Shared Leadership Team (SLT).

Whanau teacher of Room 2, Totara, Year 3-4 Middle Hub leader.

Nicole is a member of the SLT (Shared Leadership Team), the within school literacy leader for our Kahui Ako, as well as leading the ALL (Accelerated Learning in Literacy) and ALiM (Accelerated Learning in Mathematics) programmes for 2019.

Mr Leath Armstrong


Mr A is the whānau teacher of Room 5, Rata, Year 1-3, Bilingual Class. Leath has also agreed to step into an Associate Leadership (AP) role for 2019, and as such will be released from class two mornings per week, as well as being on the Shared Leadership Team (SLT). Leath’s students will be supported by Margret Sullivan when he is out of the classroom.

Whanau teacher of Room 8, Pikopiko, Year 0-1. Margaret will be joined by another teacher as her roll grows, as we have a large intake of new entrants in January! We are also undertaking a significant building project over summer and Term 1 holidays to expand these two rooms. Margaret joins us with a Steiner and NZ curriculum background, and she’s going to bring TPS alive with enviro-schools.

Whanau teacher of room 3, Kauri, Year 5. Brad remains in Year 5 and is also leading the digital technology and sports/PE in our school. Brad is also the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. He is a Canadian who has a strong passion for sport and constantly being active. He has a desire to help others not only achieve their goals but to excel and surpass their expectations. He believes that education is a way that we can better ourselves and make our futures brighter, it is his wish for his students to be lifelong learners.

You’ll find her in Room 4, Kahikatea, Year 6, Thursdays and Fridays.

Kia Ora, My name is Talia Lynch. I am a born and bred local and grew up on a farm in Puramahoi. I left Golden Bay to complete my tertiary education before having the opportunity to teach in Motueka, Nelson, England, and Auckland. After being away 20 years it was time to come home, and I recently returned with my husband Michael, and two young boys, Kahu and Mana.

I am excited to be starting a new teaching position at TPS and look forward to supporting your children on their learning journeys. Talia will be working an additional half a day each week to deliver Te Reo Maori across the school; working in classes with students and teachers as we learn Te Reo together.

Nikki McGuinness

Whanau teacher one day a week in Kowhai.

Whanau teacher of room 1, Nikau, Year 3-4.

Krystal joins us from the Coromandel and is an experienced and highly skilled teacher who is very well matched for this age group.

Whanau teacher of room 7, Kowhai, Year 1-2. Katie will also be the Inclusion Leader (catering for additional and extended needs), and as such will be joining other leaders on our Shared Leadership Team (SLT).

She will be released from her class for one day per week. Nikki McGuinness will step into support this class.

We are Takaka Primary School, Together we stand tall!

Whakapā mai / Contact Us

Phone +64 3-525 9035
Email postie@takakaprimary.school.nz

Wāhi Noho / Physical Address

9 Wadsworth Street,

Ngā Wāhanga 2019 / Term Dates

Term 1: 7 Feb - 12 Apr
Term 2: 29 Apr - 5 Jul
Term 3: 22 Jul - 27 Sep
Term 4: 14 Oct - 20 Dec

Ngā Hāora i te Tari / Office Hours

8.15am - 3.15pm
Monday to Friday (Term time)
Takaka Primary School 2019