Principal Group

Lead Principal

Justine McDonald


Support Principals

Maureen Phillips 


Justin Neal


Our principals meet regularly, to discuss and make decisions around the work of our kāhui ako.

Justin Neal (Appleby School),

Gerald Baldwin (Brightwater School),

John Maguire (Garin College), 

John Armstrong (Henley School),

Freya Hogarth (Hope School),

Dave Sampson (Ranzau School),

Tim Brenton (Richmond Primary School),

Maureen Phillips (Saint Pauls Catholic School),

Ellie Salcin-Watts (Salisbury School),

Scott Haines (Waimea College),

Justine McDonald (Waimea Intermediate School),

Peter Verstappen (Wakefield School)


Across School Teacher Team

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Glenda Earle

Tena koutou katoa

Ko Mt Hutt toku maunga

Ko Rakaia toku awa

Ko Methven toku kainga tuturu

Ko Whakatu toku kainga inaianei

Ko Brightwater toku kura

Ko Glenda toku ingoa

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Kia Ora. 
I am Glenda Earle and I am a teacher and Deputy Principal at Brightwater School.  I have over 25 years teaching experience with most of these at middle management level at a number of school across the top of the South Island.  Most of my teaching career has been at the junior end of primary school with specific responsibility for ensuring a smooth and exciting transition from early childhood centres to the primary school environment. 

My husband was born and bred in Nelson and is self-employed.  Our two teenage sons  have been through ECE, Primary and Secondary schooling within our CoL.

I look forward to being able to share and celebrate the learning opportunities our teachers provide for our students and to support and enhance student learning outcomes across our community. 
Nga mihi nui.


Tania Alesana

Ko Tutemapou, Moketapu,

Taranaki ngā maunga

Ko Te Hoiere, Maitahi, Okahu ngā awa

Ko Raukawakawa, Aorere ngā moana

Ko Mataahourua, Kurahaupo.

Aotea ngā waka

Ko Te Hora, Whakatū, Te Potaka ngā marae

Ko Whakatu te kainga

Ko Tania Alesana toku ingoa


Tēnā koutou katoa. My name is Tania Alesana and I’m based at Waimea Intermediate School. I am a local girl born and bred in Nelson with whakapapa that align to six of the eight local iwi. I’m married to Sonny and we have two tamariki of our own, a whangaia (foster child) and one mokopuna. I have had the privilege of working with staff as a Within School Teacher in 2018 and I’m really excited about my new role as an Across School lead teacher within the Waimea Kahui Ako. I’m looking forward to working alongside teachers, students, schools, whānau and communities specifically with a focus on Cultural Responsive Practices.


Ryan Higgins


Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Rintoul tōku maunga.

Ko Wairoa tōku awa.

Ko Brightwater tōku kainga tuturu.

Ko Whakatu tōku kainga inaianei.

Ko Richmond tōku kura.

Ko Ryan tōku ingoa.

No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Kia Ora. 

I am Ryan Higgins and I am the Deputy Principal at Richmond Primary School. Up until 2020, I have been a full time teacher and have taught across all primary school year levels, most of the time with Year 5&6 students. Now I am in a full time management role at school.

My expertise would be looking at ways of enhancing effective pedagogy using technology, specifically taking on the challenge of improving engagement and achievement with boys writing.

I look forward to being part of the Waimea Kahui Ako and helping to build on the success that the previous AST’s have achieved.

Nga mihi nui.

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Paula Campbell


Ko Paula Campbell taku ingua

Ko Ngati Pakeha te iwi​

Ko Richmond Hills te maunga​

Ko Tasman te moana​

Ko McIntyre toku whanau​

No Mawhera ahau​

Ko Mac tamatane, Ko Anna tamahine​

Ko Ray makau​

Ko Paula Campbell taku ingua

Kia Ora Koutou. 

My name is Paula Campbell and I teach social sciences at Waimea College. I have two children thriving in our Kahui Ako and my husband is a tutor at NMIT. We love living in this region and making the most of every sunny weekend. My career in secondary schools spans 16 years and I have become increasingly interested in how we holistically prepare our young people for life beyond school. Since the CoL started, I have held a Within School Teacher role, developing Positive Education practices at Waimea College. The importance of a wellbeing approach to schooling is becoming increasingly valued by society and I look forward to bringing my passion and knowledge in this area to the Across School Teacher role. Nga Mihi Nui.



We have at least one within school teacher position allocated to each school.  In some cases the role is being shared between two people.


Justine McDonald (Principal Waimea Intermediate)

Justin Neal (Principal Appleby School)

Maureen Phillips (Principal St Pauls School)

Sarah Hewison (Nelson Tasman Kindergarten)

Melanie Welch (Waimea College Board of Trustees)

Joanne Kininmonth (Waimea College Board of Trustees)