Harakeke Cluster

The Harakeke Cluster is made up of five amazing teachers, who together are leading this new and exciting initiative at our school. Although the there are four rooms within our cluster we work together as one unit, meaning that students are taught by all five teachers on a regular basis.

The name Harakeke was chosen by the students. They felt it represented a group working together with the older students looking after the younger ones and, when weaved together, the individual leaves become stronger than they are alone. This shows what we strive for as our cluster - we want for everyone involved to be strong, interweaved, life long learners.

Cluster Leader: Nicki Hennessy - Room 10
Hi my name is Nicki Hennessy. I am the team leader of the Harakeke Cluster in our innovative learning environment. I am an avid reader, a committed lifelong learner and have a real passion for helping every child reach their full learning potential.

I am married with two adult children; one a teacher and the other at university. At home I have a number of pets, and I enjoy spending my time gardening and reading.

Please feel free to contact me on hennessyn@wanganui-int.school.nz.

Jenna Hatch - Room 11

I’m excited to be continuing to develop our collaborative learning space this year. I am passionate about integrating ICT into our learning programme and am constantly surprised by the amazing problems our students can solve when they are challenged. Mathematics is also an area I have a special interest in, particularly finding ways to engage our reluctant mathematicians as well as extending our more enthusiastic students.

I’m originally from the UK and have been lucky enough to live in France, USA, Australia and Japan before moving to New Zealand so in the holidays I’m often straight on a plane to go and catch up with friends and family. I also love to ski and can be found up at Turoa ski field at weekends in the winter.

Please feel free to pop in before or after school to see how your child is doing, or drop me a line: hatchj@wanganui-int.school.nz

Robbie Power - Room 12 

Kia ora, my name is Robbie Power and I am pleased to be the newest member of the Harakeke team. Having been on camp and relieved with the students in 2016 I am now a permanent member of the Cluster.

Along with working with children, sport is my big passion in life. I still play cricket and rugby at the premier level and I also enjoy golf, volleyball, football and touch at the social level. I am very excited to work and continue to develop alongside our fantastic tamariki.

Please feel free to come and see me or alternatively you can reach me via email powerr@wanganui-int.school.nz

Trina Roy - Room 13 

Kia ora tātou! I am very excited to be working in the Harakeke cluster in Room 13 again this. I have taught in Dunedin for over 10 years and I am enjoying working in the classroom environment again after having a break to spend time with my children. I am enjoying working alongside the other teachers in the innovative learning environment and it is exciting to see the students enjoying this learning space. I really enjoy teaching and I have a particular interest in literacy and social science.

I am married with four children. I enjoy fitness and family adventures. I am originally from Southland and I enjoy getting out and about making the most of the extra sunshine hours we have now that we live in Whanganui!


Gill Karatau - Room 13 (Mondays)

Robyn Simes - Release Teacher