Support Staff and Relievers


 NETTY HINE – Learning Support

briar-9I started teaching at Mapua School in May 2010, it’s gone so quickly!

I was born and went to school in Coventry, UK. I left after I’d completed my education and moved to Berkshire for 9 years then to London. We moved here to Nelson in 2006.

Music is a big thing for my family so it can get quite noisy in our house! I also like to spend time outdoors walking or just having fun with my children.

What are your personal dislikes? – Hmmm, this one’s tough but I think I’d have to say rudeness, please and thank-you makes such a big difference.

I have two children with my partner Rik. Lily is almost 15 and attends Nelson College for Girls and Charlie is here having a fabulous time at Mapua School

What do you like about teaching at Mapua? – It would have to be the awesome attitude of the children, they make coming to work a joy.

 LIBBY VAN LEEUWEN (and Molly) – Teacher Aide

untitled (21 of 126)I started working at Mapua School approximately 10 Years ago.

I come from Wellington, and went to primary school and college there – Queen Margaret College.

In my spare time I like knitting and gardening.

I dislike people who think they know everything! I also don’t like sweetcorn and pea soup, but otherwise enjoy eating food.

I have two children who are married and live here in Motueka. They have two children each.

I enjoy working at Mapua School as it has quite a family feeling among the staff. It is also enjoyable to walk through the playground and see the children so happy out playing sport.

Living around here is rather special as it’s not like a big city, the weather is just great and the people are really nice.

 DIANE TAYLOR – Teacher Aide

briar-7I started working at Mapua School in 2010 as a Teacher Aide, helping to transition children from Pre-School to Primary School.

I’m originally from the UK and moved to beautiful New Zealand with my family 12 years ago.

In my spare time I like transporting my children to which ever activity they are participating in, walking the dogs, horse riding, cooking and gardening.

I dislike swing bridges, marshmallows and mangos.

I love living and working in Mapua, it is a great place to be.


briar-13I started teaching at Mapua in March 2014.

I grew up in West Auckland – “Westie Chick!” I moved to Waimauku (North of Auckland) for last 20 years, and moved to Nelson in January 2014.

In my spare time I enjoy running my kids all over town for their sports! And socialising with friends, hiking, and bike riding.

I can’t stand spiders – serious agaropobia!

I live with my husband Bayard and two boys – Tyler (14) and Luca (9). We’ve just finished building our new house.

What do you like about working at Mapua School? – The staff! What an awesome team! So welcoming and supportive. The kids! Kind, thoughtful, polite and fun!

I love living in this part of the country, it is paradise! The mountains, the beaches, the regional parks and of course the people make it special. It has it all!



I started teaching at Mapua School in Term 2 2014, opening the New Entrant classroom as a beginning teacher and am now in my third year.

I was born in Nelson then moved to Palmerston North for most of my childhood. We lived in Australia for a year and moved back to Palmerston North. I moved back to Nelson when I was 17 and have loved it ever since.

I am a very social person and love to be out and about. I enjoy going to the rivers or beaches making the most of the warm weather. I love to play touch rugby, netball and a bit of back yard cricket.

 I don’t like onions, they are gross and I hate being alone. I have an amazing family. My mum, step dad, dad, older sister and younger brother all live in the Nelson area. We are all close and enjoy spending time together.

Mapua is a great school to teach at, as it is filled with great children, staff and community members. I love the vibrant and fun culture.

CLIVE DONNISON – Executive Caretaker

I started working at Mapua School in December 2014.

I grew up on the Wirral Peninsular (a slice of heaven between Liverpool and Wales) in England, left home at 16 and ran away to sea!!  Six years later I returned and moved to Sheffield and studied for a physics degree then a teaching degree.  Smelled the coffee in 2010 and moved to Mapua.

I love spending my spare time with my family.

What do you like about working at Mapua?

The students are so energetic and have such a zest for life it’s infectious.

What do you like about living in this area of the country? – The sense of community.