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

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.



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


John Maguire (Principal, Garin College),

Lisa Dunn (Garin College Board of Trustees),

Maureen Phillips (Principal, St Paul's Catholic School),

Brenda Ellis (Principal, Salisbury School),

Natalie Doty (Waimea Intermediate Board of Trustees),

Marina Tristram (Brightwater School Board of Trustees)