Our Staff

​Greg Riceman

EMAIL: principal@raureka.school.nz

I have been involved in education for most of my life. I want to create a school environment that provides relevant and authentic learning experiences. Over the past 36 years, I have been leading change within schools in New Zealand.

I have taught in a range of schools and have been Principal at 8 schools. I moved from ERO, in 2008, to become the Principal of Raureka School. I have been very lucky in being able to work with a team of creative and capable educators, who all belief in the vision of creating an inclusive and stimulating learning community.  

I assist in developing the school curriculum, vision, values, principles and teacher pedagogy.

Recently, I earned my Master’s In Educational Leadership (with Honours) and use this to help further develop educational opportunities for our students. 

On a personal level, I enjoy food, all sports, travel, spending time with our children and grandchildren, and using and learning to implement ICT to help learn.

My job as Principal of Raureka School is one that I am excited about holding. I believe that it is my role to lead from the centre and keep us connected and challenged with our core vision. With strong professional relationships, a team is able to develop problem-solving skills that enable effective and sustainable change that develop the habits and behaviours that support continued school improvement.

My overall goal is to create a stunning learning community for all those connected with it, but most importantly for the children. It will be a place that encourages and aspires to create success for all, but one they enjoy being at and a part of.

I want our children to show initiative and to have passion for their own learning in a safe and happy social and culturally rich environment.

I also want our children to show self-belief and realise that they can achieve and do well.
Whakamanawa (Self-Belief)
He matua pou whare,
e rorokohia ana; he matua
tanganta, e kore e rokohia
(You can always gain
shelter in your house, but 
not always with other people)
I want our teachers to show initiative and to have passion for their own learning in a professionally challenging environment that examples mutual accountability.

Keryn Burns
Deputy Principal

EMAIL: kburns@raureka.school.nz

Kia Ora,

I was lucky to return to Raureka School in 2016 as the Deputy Principal. I bring to Raureka over 20 years of teaching experience from new entrant to year 6 in a range of schools.

Building positive relationships with the tamariki is really important to me in order to set up successful pathways for learning throughout their time at Raureka School. I really enjoy getting to know our whānau and about all the ‘gems’ your tamariki bring with them to school.

On a personal note, I am a wife and mum of two lovely children who keep me very busy. My family love living in Hawkes Bay and making the most of all the facilities and activities the Bay has to offer.

Donna Sanders
Team Leader – Senior School 

Room 5 – Year 6 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: dsanders@raureka.school.nz

My name is Donna Sanders and I’m proud to say I have been a teacher at Raureka for many years. I thoroughly enjoy the children and have come to know and respect the community of Raureka.

My family are the most important thing in my life, we have a large extended family and we love to spend time together. Many of our gatherings revolve around the sport.

I love teaching and watching the children grow in confidence during the year. I love seeing them, as the senior students in the school,  accept responsibilities and challenges.

I see my role as one to provide opportunities that encourage and motivate students to push for success, gain confidence in themselves, and to develop effective social skills and work habits that will set them up for life.

Jennie Corbett
Team Leader – Junior Team

Room 14 – Year 1 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: jcorbett@raureka.school.nz

Kia ora koutou,

my name is Jennie Corbett and I am the Junior School Team Leader. I have had many years of teaching experience and enjoy all levels from New Entrants to Year 6.

I have a strong interest in play-based learning and creating an environment that promotes learning through real-life situations. I am also the curriculum leader for Mathematics. I live locally with my husband and three children and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Kristie Cuttance
Room 3 – Year 4/5 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: kcuttance@raureka.school.nz

Kia ora,
I’m Kristie Cuttance. I am very excited to be joining Raureka School this year.
I am originally from Wellington but have been teaching in Auckland for the past few years. I am an exciting and passionate teacher who takes pride in creating a safe and nurturing environment for all students. You will find me in Room 3 this year with years 4 and 5. I am looking forward to getting to know all the children and families this year at Raureka.

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, participating in all sports, finding new walking tracks and baking. I am looking forward to being here in Hawke’s Bay!

I look forward to a great 2022 and all that the year brings!

Leah Smythe
Room 19 – Year 5 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: lsmythe@raureka.school.nz

Kia Ora,

I’m Leah Smythe. I love teaching at Raureka School and have taught at various HB schools for many years. I am currently teaching a Year 5 class and love the diversity and enthusiasm of our Raureka children. I am a passionate, dedicated and creative teacher who likes to make learning enjoyable for all my students.

I belong to a beautiful blended family of seven which keeps me busy and entertained. My door is always open for Whānau to visit and celebrate their children’s success in Room 19.​​

Whitney Nohokau
Room 11 – Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: wnohokau@raureka.school.nz

​Kia ora koutou
Ko Whakapūnake te maunga

Ko Wairoahōpupuhōnengenengemātangirau te awa
Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Hinemanuhiri te tangata
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa te iwi
Ko Ngāi Tama Te Rangi te hapū
Ko Rangiāhua te marae
Nō Te Wairoa ahau
Ko Whitney Nohokau tōku ingoa.

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia õ tãtou mãhi.

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

This whakatauki speaks about my purpose for teaching, and I am very lucky to be part of an amazing teaching team here at Raureka Primary School who incorporates this into their school curriculum. My name is Whaea Whitney and not only am I the senior Kapahaka tutor but I am lucky enough to be the class teacher of the amazing room 11, which is filled with creative and inquisitive year 4 /5’s. I have a strong passion for incorporating Te Ao Maori, Music and Physical Education into my teaching practice. My interests include softball, squash, dance and singing. I look forward to an exciting year ahead celebrating the children’s successes and building reciprocal relationships with you all.

Daniel Filipo
Room 1 – Year 4 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: dfilipo@raureka.school.nz

Talofa Raureka Aiga,
O lo’u igoa o Simi Daniel Filipo

My name is Simi Daniel Filipo and I am a second-year teacher teaching the awesome tamariki in Room 1. I feel very privileged to be a teacher at Raureka School and be part of an amazing group of passionate teachers and staff who work hard for our tamariki and community. I am passionate about encouraging tamariki to share who they are and embrace others in a supportive and inclusive learning environment. A key part of my teaching will be to build strong whānau relationships so we can work together to support the learning of our tamariki.

I have been married for over 10 years and we have 3 amazing children our foundations for raising them are based on strong family relationships. I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child.

I have an interest in sports, sharing my Samoan culture and learning the cultures of our tamariki. I will keep our tamariki active and promote a healthy learning environment.

Looking forward to an awesome 2022!

Zach Severinsen
Room 4 – Year 6 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: zseverinsen@raureka.school.nz

Kia Ora koutou
Ko Tararua tōku maunga
Ko Ruamāhanga tōku awa
Ko Wairarapa tōku moana
Ko Takitimu tōku waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, rāua ko
Ngāti Pukenga tōku iwi
Ko Te Ore Ore tōku marae
Nō Makaretu ahau
Ko Zach tāku ingoa.

I am Zach and proud to be the Year 6 classroom teacher of Room 4. For the last few years, I have been teaching across the Wellington area. I am pleased to be back home in Hawkes Bay and really excited to be part of the Raureka whānau. I look forward to working with the kids and ensuring I provide rich contextual learning experiences.

Mandy Butler
Room 21 – Year 2 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: mbutler@raureka.school.nz

​My name is Mandy Butler and I am teaching in Room 21. I have 15 years of teaching experience ranging from Years 7 and 8 through to New Entrants. I have taught in London and in different parts of New Zealand before coming back to settle in Hawkes Bay. My passion for teaching is literacy and music!  I love watching our vibrant tamariki progress at Raureka School.

​On a personal note, I am a mum of 2 wee girls and 2 lovely stepchildren who keep life fun and busy! 🙂

Rowena Benge
Room 20 – Year 2 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: rbenge@raureka.school.nz

Kia ora,

I’m Rowena Benge and I have joined the Raureka teaching team this year. I will be in Room 20 with a year 2 class.

Ang Grace
Room 12 (part time)
​New Entrant Teacher

EMAIL: agrace@raureka.school.nz

Kia Ora,

my name is Angela Grace. I am a part-time teacher in Room 12 and a Mum to three young children. I am an experienced teacher and have vast experience working in junior classes.   I love to see children comfortable and confident to take risks and challenge themselves to reach their full potential.

I am well practised in looking after the personal and social well-being of children – I am confident at administering plasters and ice packs! I look forward to meeting your child and welcoming them and their whanau to Raureka School.

Sarah Smith
Room 15 – ​Year 1/2 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: ssmith@raureka.school.nz

Kia Ora,

my name is Sarah Smith. I teach in Room 15. I grew up in Hawkes Bay and trained at EIT for three years. I love to see children smiling and comfortable in the classroom. I have a passion for dance, art and literacy and supporting children within the classroom.

I look forward to an exciting year ahead and look forward to forming relationships with you and whānau.

Stella Lorkin
Room 2 – Year 4 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: slorkin@raureka.school.nz

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Stella Lorkin and I teach year 4’s in Room 2. I have just recently graduated from the University of Auckland with my Bachelor of Education degree and I am beyond excited to start my journey as a beginning teacher at Raureka School.

My aim is to create lifelong learners and build strong relationships in a classroom environment that is safe, nurturing and inclusive.

My particular teaching interests include literacy and the arts.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know the tamariki and whānau of Raureka!

Jamie Macaulay
Room 12 – ​New Entrant/Year 1

EMAIL: jmacaulay@raureka.school.nz

My name is Jamie Macaualy and I am very excited to be teaching a New Entrant/Year 1 class in Room 12. I grew up in Hastings and I am an ex-pupil of Raureka School so I am very excited to return as a teacher.

I was previously teaching at Milson Primary School in Palmerston North before returning to Raureka in 2017. I bring to Raureka my passion for mathematics and my caring nature. I look forward to meeting you and your children.

Karen Hansen
Room 8 – Year 3 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: khanson@raureka.school.nz

Kia ora – Ko Karen Hanson toku ingoa.

Hello – My name is Karen Hanson and I am in my 9th year of teaching at Raureka School. It is a pleasure to be part of Raureka School, where there are lots of wonderful children and supportive staff and whanau and we treasure our times together.

I was bought up in a family of 5 with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, one of which is my twin. My husband is Dean and we have a 17-year-old daughter called Michaela. I am an outdoors girl and enjoy my garden, the beach, and fishing/swimming at Lake Taupo. Family is very important to me. I believe that every child deserves to reach their learning potential and I work hard to support and nurture all the children in my class.

Having been at Raureka for a number of years has allowed me to follow the individual achievements of many students and I have also had the pleasure of teaching some of their siblings. This has enabled me to maintain some great relationships with various students and their whanau as they have moved through to senior school.

Marg Ellis
Room 7 – Year 3 Classroom Teacher

EMAIL: mellis@raureka.school.nz


My name is Marg Ellis. I have enjoyed teaching at Raureka for many years. I am currently teaching year 3 children in Room 7.

Roseanna Doolan
Learning Support Co-ordinator

EMAIL: radoolan@raureka.school.nz


My name is Rose Doolan and I am the Learning Support Coordinator for Raureka School. I joined the Raureka team in 2006 and have taught in the Junior School since then. I bring over 20 years experience to my new role.

I began my teaching career in South Auckland and then went on my OE to London and then returned to the Bay to raise our family. This year is a role change for me and I am excited to provide our learners with the support that they need.

On a personal note, I am married to Phil and we have 2 girls, Lily who is 15 and Freya who is 12. I love to spend time with my family, go to the gym and read a book when I can.​

Kathy McLachlan
Release Teacher

EMAIL: mellis@raureka.school.nz

Hi, my name is Kathy McLachlan or otherwise known as Mrs Mc, Mrs Macca and various other interpretations of that name (Mrs Glokin, Mr Broccoli, etc). I have taught at our wonderful school for 20 plus years in varying capacities, presently as the “bits and pieces” teacher involved mainly in releasing other teachers for various reasons. I am also responsible for organising relievers for P.D., courses and illness etc.

I am married to Ian and we have three grown-up sons and three gorgeous grandchildren.

Out of school, my interests are squash, tennis, Pilates and more recently Zumba. As a family, we often walk the trails of the beautiful Te Mata Peak and always appreciate what a beautiful part of NZ, we live in. My favourite subjects to teach at school would have to be Art and P.E.

Over the years, I have enjoyed coaching netball and continue to coach volleyball each year. To me Raureka children are extra special, I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else.

Anna Campbell
​​Reading Recovery Teacher

EMAIL: acampbell@raureka.school.nz

Kia Ora,

My name is Anna Campbell and I have been teaching at Raureka since 2012 in the junior school.  2020 I will be one of the Reading Recovery teachers.

I was born and raised in Hawkes Bay and am married with three children. I started teaching at Maoribank School in Upper Hutt and then back at Pirimai School in Napier before I went overseas for seven years, which included teaching in London.

I have taught all ages from Year 6 down to Early Childhood and really enjoy the personalities and daily variety that comes with teaching children.