Teaching Staff – Senior School

TERESSA HOSIE – Karaka (Rm 11) — Year 5/6 — thosie@mapua.school.nz

briar-5I taught at Mapua School for 2 years, 2002 and 2003. I left to take up an ICT job at Waimea College for the next three years. I was stoked to learn that there was a teaching position back at Mapua School – with my name on it (not literally). And the rest is history as they say.

I am Nelson born and bred. The acorn has not fallen far from the tree as I spent the first four years of my life in Mapua, Our family left the area and settled in Appleby before I started school so I didn’t make it to past pupil status.The only other region I have lived was Wellington where I attended Teachers’ College but I ended up back in Nelson as my husband was a fisherman here.

When I have freedom to choose what to do I love:

  • curling up and reading – especially on wet, windy days
  • walking (especially along the Ruby Bay/Mapua beach)
  • spending time with my family – I am sure I must have shares in Air NZ by now flying between Auckland and Perth!)
  • biking – leisurely not competitively
  • trying new things – my current learning curve is quilting (it’s amazing how grandchildren cultivate new pastimes for you)
  • dining out : )

My family is very precious to me and I love spending time in their company. The two grandchildren in Auckland have added a new dimension to our lives and we happily pay premium prices to fly up to babysit for extended periods when needed.

What do you like about teaching at Mapua?

The people, the fabulous walk to get to work and the variety of activities and events on offer.


 WARREN TAYLOR – Rimu (Rm 10) — Year 5/6 — wtaylor@mapua.school.nz

briar-4When did you start teaching at Mapua School?  Back in the day – Term 3 1989.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the ‘Naki’, went to high school in New Plymouth, trained to be a teacher in Palmerston North, then moved the the ‘Mainland’ where I stayed.

What do you like doing with your spare time? Tramping, biking, reading a good book.

What are your personal dislikes? Slow drivers, roosters, kids who scream, mosquitos.

Kaye and I have three girls who have all left home now (yay) to study at university – Erin is nursing, Gemma studying pharmacy and Ashleigh is into broadcast journalism. All are ex-pupils of Mapua School

What do you like about teaching at Mapua? Great kids, supportive parents, fun staff.

Living in Mapua is great, nothing is too far away – mountains, sea, rivers, bike tracks all within an hour’s drive, and lots of sunny days.


BRIAR DUNCAN – Maire (Rm 9)  — Year 5/6 —bmckenzie@mapua.school.nz

briar copyI started the first year of my teaching career at Mapua School in January 2014 and haven’t looked back since. I am currently in my third year of teaching.

I am originally from Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland where my whole family grew up. My parents and elder siblings moved to Nelson in 2007 and after finishing university in 2012 I decided to follow in their famous footsteps and make the move also. Best decision I have made to date.

I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the beautiful sights of Nelson with friends and taking lots of naps… I mean doing school work.

I really dislike when people wear sunglasses inside, that really grinds my gears! As well as when people talk with food in their mouth.. bleeeuugghhh!

In our whanau there are 6 of us, my parents, two girls (my sister Kirsty and myself) and two boys (Mr Mac and Alastair). I also have 3 beautiful nieces and 3 wonderful nephews to add to the brood who are all growing far too fast for my liking.

What do you like about teaching at Mapua? – EVERYTHING! The staff, the atmosphere, the energy, the spirit, the love, the location but most of all just how amazing our learners are. I feel very lucky to have started my teaching career at such a special school.