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Tracey Harnett

I have been in education for 20 years and continue to be motivated and excited by the ever changing landscape that schools continue to navigate through.  I have taught in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia at all levels. 

I joined the team at Pinehill School as Deputy Principal at the beginning of 2014.  I have been in the rewarding role of Principal since the beginning of 2015. I am proud of the positive school culture that exists at Pinehill School which is supported by students, staff and parents. We strive to meet the social, academic and cultural needs of all of our pupils.   Our interactions are based on trust, honesty and respect.  I welcome communication and feedback from any member of our community.


Sarah Ward
Deputy Principal 

During my years as an educator, I have taught children at most levels and continue to be motivated to learn and find ways to improve our school and student achievement.

I love working in a school with such a strong culture and collaborative team of colleagues. Together teaching staff engage in ongoing professional development.

As part of the leaders team, I assist Learning Leaders track and improve student achievement. The roles of student Pastoral Care and Learning Support co-ordination are shared between the two Deputy Principals. In 2017, I will support students in years 1,3 and 5


Rochelle Foster
Deputy Principal

I am one of the deputy principals.  I have been teaching for 14 years both in New Zealand and in Australia. I have taught across all school levels during my career. My particular curriculum interests are maths and science and I am the maths curriculum leader for Pinehill School. This involves me working with both teachers and children throughout the school.

As part of the leaders team, I assist Learning Leaders track and improve student achievement.  The roles of student Pastoral Care and Learning Support co-ordination are shared between the two Deputy Principals. In 2017, I will support students in years 2, 4 and 6. 


Marizanne McGrath
Room 1

I graduated in December 2015 from AUT University. I started at Pinehill at the start of 2016 as one of the Year 5/6 teachers. I was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand when I was young. I can still speak and understand the language.

I am very passionate about sports and being creative. I believe in being a lifelong learner, which I model through my teaching and provide opportunities for students to develop their full potential. I believe in having a ‘hands on’ learning approach. The classroom is a place for students to experience learning in a creative and fun way for all types of learners.



Katerina Walker 
Room 2

I graduated in 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. My teaching career began in the Goldfields region of Western Australia, where I taught for 4 and a half years, before moving East where I taught in Gold Coast and Brisbane schools. I am very excited to be back home in New Zealand after such a long time away  and feel fortunate to be teaching year 5/6 at such a wonderful and welcoming school. I believe we are all lifelong learners and am super excited about helping our students along on their learning journey. 


Margaret Menzies
Room 3

I have been teaching at Pinehill School since 1999 and have taught New Entrant/Year one for the greater part of that time. I love that I am at the beginning of their learning journey and get much pleasure from seeing the progress that they make as  their horizons expand and they develop and learn. I also follow with great interest their development as they progress through the school. 


Lisa Everett
Room 4

After completing a practicum at Pinehill School in 2012, I knew it was the place for me! I feel privileged to be working in such a friendly and positive environment. I have opened several new entrants classes and am now working in the Year 2 team. I love the challenges each day brings and watching the young minds in my class soak up every bit of learning! Away from work, I am very passionate about my sports. I play competitive pool and snooker for Auckland and enjoy archery and swimming. 


Roll Growth
Room 5

Jonathan Mulholland
Room 6

I have been teaching at Pinehill since 2007 and am currently in the Year 5/6 team.  I have a passion for the use of technology in the classroom and am involved in the ICT team. I also enjoy art, drama and film and set up the school's TV Station in 2013. Another area of interest is sports and I am in charge of the Basketball teams at the school.


Marg Milne
Room 7

I have been teaching at Pinehill for many years, firstly as the ESOL teacher but more recently as a year 5/6 teacher. I choose to work here because the children are enthusiastic and focused, and I am part of a dedicated, fun team of teachers who support each other. Learning is a life-long journey and I enjoy working with children, supporting each of them as they grow and learn.


Karen Blau

Room 8

My long relationship with Pinehill School started with the first of my two son's starting as a new entrant in the year 2000. It was the culture of the school and the passion of the teachers who inspired me to become a teacher myself. I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2007 and it was an easy decision to join the Pinehill teaching family in 2008. I feel very honoured to teach Year 1 students and be the first teacher, on their journey, to life long learning. I am also very passionate about the visual and performing arts and I have been the Visual Arts curriculum leader for a number of years. I particularly enjoy working with our gifted art students, to beautify our school, with creative pieces of artwork and murals. 


Emma Lyon
Room 9


Kevin Elmes
Room 10

Pinehill School is a dynamic and positive place where  students and staff grow.  It has an unique culture that fosters change through collaboration.  I came to New Zealand 8 years ago after wonderful years teaching in Japan and Thailand. I have taught across the curriculum and from primary through secondary school. I came to Pinehill in 2016 and am fortunate to be leading the Year 3 team and learning this year with a class of students curious about how the world works.  This year I’m excited about teaching in collaboration with Emma Lyon and the year 4 students in Room 9.  I am a passionate gardener, reader and love all the Arts. 


Ashleigh Maaka 
Room 11

I graduated AUT University in December 2015. I started teaching at Pinehill at the start of 2016 as a beginning teacher.  I am also an ex pupil which is very special to me and quite unique. I love the friendly and supportive environment within the school.

My wish for the children that I teach is that they enjoy their time here, create some lifelong memories and make the most of every opportunity they are provided with to become lifelong learners.

Merimoana Kennrick
Room 12

I am a graduate of Massey University. I was fortunate enough to join the Pinehill community in January 2016 and I am currently in the Year 3 teaching team. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and working with staff, children and the wider Pinehill community.


Kirstin Blanchard
Room 13

I am originally from the UK, which is where I began my teaching career.I have taught a wide range of abilities and ages within the primary range. My husband, who is also a teacher, and I moved to New Zealand in 2008. We have since had our two daughters and love the lifestyle and opportunities that come with this beautiful country.

I love being creative and like to give the children many different experiences to aid their learning. I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the wonderful children at Pinehill School and also being part of such a great community.


William Albertsema
Room 14



Karen Seth
Room 15

I am a New Zealand trained teacher who has taught in schools around Auckland and in Scotland over the last 20 years or so. I live on the North Shore with my husband and two children.  I am passionate about learning and enjoy helping students learn how to learn across all areas of the curriculum.  This year, I have a Year 5/6 composite class.


Lisa Leader
Room 16

My teaching career began in 1998, in Wellington, where I continued to teach except when I taught in the Middle East for 4 1/2 years.  I care about the global environment and everyone and everything that inhabits our world.  I love travelling and orangutans.  I am extremely fortunate to work at Pinehill School, with happy, enthusiastic students, parents and staff.  I love how each and every one of us is a life long learner, with differing pathways, interests and passions.