Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako

Waitakere, Auckland

Lifting aspirations and raising educational achievement for every learner in our community

A collaborative relationship between twelve local schools creating a learning community.

Our community is located on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges, with much of its hinterland being native bush reserve which flows down to Auckland's west coast beaches and Manukau Harbour. On our eastern boundary we connect with the rapidly growing and vibrant urban area of New Lynn.

The majority of our students come from the suburbs of Titirangi, Green Bay and Glen Eden, the semi-rural and bush reserve areas of Laingholm and Huia, and the fringe of New Lynn. Consequently our community reflects the wide range of demographic and socio-economic diversity that is one of the defining characteristics of Auckland.

A Community of People Like You

Reaching 7,052 students, our community drives forward learning delivering results for students, parents and teachers alike.

Your in school team at


Matt Moncur

Accelerated Literacy Coach

Joanne Doyle

Classroom Teacher, Years 5 & 6

Pia Harre

Coordinator of Programmes for Children with Unique Learning Needs.

Vanessa Jansz

Classroom Teacher, Year 4

Your in school team at


Bridget Dadley


Shirley White


Your in school team at

Glen Eden Intermediate

Mark Bridges

I-Col Writing

Paula McKean

I-Col Innovative Practice

Vaimoana Va'ai

I-Col Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Pam Hooper-Corbett

I-Col Reading

Frances Thompson

I-Col Maths

Your in school team at

Green Bay High

Caroline Andrew


Chris Jordan


Hayley Hunter


Sally Kulasegram


Anne Davies


Zev Fishman


Naomi Jonas


Sarah Barrett-Hamilton


Lis Gordon


Your in school team at

Green Bay Primary

Dave Wileman

Whanau Leader

Wayne Southgate

Whanau Leader

James Mawson

SENCo and Literacy Leader

Your in school team at

Kaurilands Primary

Linda Heckler

Classroom Teacher, Team Leader, Teaching and Learning Leader

Josh Farrell

Classroom Teacher, Leader of Innovation

Kimberly Newmarch

Classroom Teacher, Mathematics Leader, Assessment for Learning Leader

Micaela Bonnar

Classroom Teacher, Literacy Leader

Your in school team at

Konini Primary

Stacey Marfleet


Charlotte Nola


Your in school team at

Laingholm Primary

Claire Cheeseman

Digital Technologies

Jonathan Davidson

Student Engagement

Your in school team at

New Lynn

Piaare Swann

Learning Support Lead Teacher

Michelle Andrews

Lead Teacher in Literacy

Lisa Pickles

Lead Teacher in Mathematics

Your in school team at

Oaklynn Special School

Carol Gilson

Lead Teacher e-learning

Gina Wright

Lead Teacher Literacy

Louise Dore

Lead Teacher Culturally Responsive Practice

Your in school team at

Titirangi Primary

Jessica Hartin


Teresa Hannard


Lisa Dever


Your in school team at

Woodlands Park

Nick Gill

I-CoL leader, ICT Team member

Marijke Hansford

I-CoL Leader, SENCO

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Your Across School Team

Meet the team you’ll be seeing a lot more of as part of the Kōtuitui Community of Learning

Morag Hutchinson

The Kōtuitui Comminuty of Learning is a powerful educational research and development network, focused on meeting local learning needs.

Morag Hutchinson

Principal at Green Bay High

Naomi Laycock

I am excited about the opportunity to work together across schools to share good pedagogy and provide the best outcomes for our students.

Naomi Laycock

Teacher at Green Bay Primary

Stefan Dale

I hope the Community of Learners helps us to work together to raise the student outcomes across all learners.

Stefan Dale

Deputy Principal at Green Bay High

Mike Chatfield

I am very passionate about collaboration, and excited about the opportunities that this brings to all learners across the Kōtuitui CoL.

Mike Chatfield

Teacher at Glen Eden Intermediate

Jo Orr

I am passionate about learning and collaboration and I am really excited about the Community of Learning vision - and as both a parent and teacher I see the potential offered by these connections.

Jo Orr

Teacher at Green Bay High

What the community says

A powerful educational research and development network focused on meeting local learning needs.

Morag Hutchinson

Principal, Green Bay High

I really appreciate the thinking, guidance and support of the Kotuitui team. I love how everyone is reflective in the moment and can share their thoughts. Ka mau te wehi

I-CoL Teacher

Kōtuitui CoL

Being part of Kōtuitui is valuable as we meet other colleagues, learn about differing percpectives and points of view and work together to raise student achievement.

I-CoL Teacher

Kōtuitui CoL

Collaboratively Developed Inquiry Cycles

Using collaborative development techniques we are delivering across our community and yours.

Community members contribute pedagogy (teaching), leadership and new ideas to collaboratively develop improved inquiry cycles specific to our current generation of learners.

Working in conjunction with community schools and individual teachers, the Kotuitui community delivers the latest in inquiry development.

Students and schools benefit from improved educational achievement as we lift the aspirations of our learners to new heights, driving real change in our local communities.

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