Brigit Sharp – Teacher Aid

Hi Everybody!

First and foremost, thank you for allowing me to support your children with their learning.

My background has been in hospitality and in this diverse and broad industry, I have worked in various roles from Front Office to Restaurant service.  I was fortunate to be able to work alongside my family with our restaurant Nine in Paihia a few years ago.  The hours I worked, were well suited to raising my two children, Serradan and Brodi.  Serradan started at Paihia school in 1996 and Brodi in 2011.

I started here as a Teacher Aide in June 2015. To be able to guide/support our tamariki with their learning is a privilege.  To see a child grasp a new concept or understand what sound a letter makes from the alphabet is beyond joy!  I witness ‘light bulb’ moments everyday.

I am surrounded with a wealth of knowledge and aroha amongst all my peers.

Ki te kore nga putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu

If the roots of a tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

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Whaea Roni- Teacher Aid



Tena Koutou katoa,


Ko Hikurangi toku maunga

Ko Taumarere toku awa

Ko Ngati Hine toku hapu

Ko Tumatauenga toku Marae

Ko Ngapuhi toku iwi

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua toku waka

Ko Moerewa/Otiria toku turangawaewae

Ko Veronica Potae toku ingoa


I am a kaiawhina at Te Kura o Paihia. I have two tamariki Kacey and Wiremu who have also attended this kura and are now both attending Bay of Islands College.  I have been working here since my daughter Kacey started school at 5 years old, she is now almost 18.

I, alongside Whaea Alisha Takimoana, tutor Kapa Haka.

As a kai awhina I am involved in supporting tamariki and their learning in a lot of different ways eg: singing, playing sports, reading, maths, writing, putting on shoes, finding clothes etc…


No reira tena koutou katoa


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Shirley – Librarian & Teacher Aid



Hello, my name is Shirley and I am the librarian at Paihia School and teach all of the children library skills. I also work in the classrooms supporting the student’s learning in a variety of ways.

I have been involved with this school for a very long time as even before I began work here many years ago, my, now grown up children attended this school.

I love our school, our children and our community very much.

My favorite things are children, books, outdoor activities and learning new things.

I like to see everyone feeling safe, comfortable and happy in their environment and will do whatever it takes to help make this happen!



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Alisha Takimoana – Teacher Aid






Tena koutou katoa,


Ko Pouerua te Maunga

Ko Waitangi te Awa

Ko Ngati Rahiri te hapu

Ko Te tii te Marae

Ko Ngapuhi te iwi

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Waitangi toku Turangawaewae

Ko Alisha Takimoana ahau


I was raised here in beautiful Waitangi & I attended Paihia primary school as a child. My partner & I now reside in Kawakawa with our two tamariki Manawa-Rangi & Pounamu. I am very passionate about Waitangi, Whanau, Maori culture, Netball & working with tamariki of all ages.

I have been a kaiawhina (Teacher aide) here at Paihia School since 2011. I support our ESOL & Special needs tamariki. I also work with Whaea Ronnie and we teach Kapahaka, Waiata maori school wide.


No reira,

“Whakamahia te huarahi tika hei puawaitanga mo o matou taitamariki”

(The best way to predict our children’s future is to create it)


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