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Hamish Natusch (B Ed)  


Hamish Natusch grew up locally on a sheep and beef farm.  Through school he played  a wide range of sports and played rugby and cricket to a representative level.  A serious neck injury prevented Hamish from continuing a career in Rugby. 

He enjoys all sports and working on his parents farm when time allows.  He  is a keen hunter and fisherman. 

Hamish and his wife Eve live in the Tikokino community with their 3 young children; Pippa, Wallace and Aubree.





Mitch Gay (BEd)

Room 2 (Year 3-5 Teacher)

It is a pleasure to welcome Mitch Gay to our staff.

Mitch has moved back to his home of Central Hawke's Bay after completing his training in Dunedin. Mitch attended Napier Boys High School where he was a Prefect.

Mitch is a keen and successful sportsman in many areas. He also loves the outdooors having tramped, hunted and fished in many areas throughout New Zealand.





Rachelle Birrell (B Ed)

Room 1 Teacher (New Entrant - Year 2)

Rachelle joined our staff in 2015, after a successful stint teaching overseas.

She lives in Central Hawke's Bay and is married to Eddie and they have a daughter, Nuala. 

Rachelle has an extensive teaching knowledge in literacy and her passion lies in the junior room, where she enjoys seeing children learn and develop in their first years at school.



Kath Keir (BFA, Dip Teach)

Principal Release

Kath lives in the village with her husband Tim and two children, Lily and Marcus. She loves all curriculum areas but has a special passion for Art.

Kath has completed extensive training in implementing successful Science programmes into the classroom, which the students will receive full benefit from.

Kath is the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees.



Cathy Bentley (BEd, DipTchg, NZ Libraries Cert)

Cathy is our Office Administrator and PRT release for Room 2.

Cathy trained as a teacher but has worked most of her career in libraries notably as Music Librarian for Radio New Zealand and Music Curator at The Alexander Turnbull Library.

Cathy is married to Andy Williams and they have four adult children and a dog named ‘Izzy’.



Tania Bennet

Teacher Aide

Tikokino is lucky to have a long serving and commited teacher aide like Tania. Tania and her husband Jeff live at Smedley Station, where Jeff is a block manager. Both of their children, Abie and Gus, attended Tikokino School.

Tania is always trying new approaches in her teaching to identify how to best help learners who need extra support in their learning. Tania also takes care of our school library.



Board of Trustees

Linda Wedd (chairperson)

George Williams

Charly Butler

Cheryl Walton

Matt Wade

Kath Keir (Staff Representative)

Hamish Natusch (Principal)