SONJA FARR - Finance Management, SMS, Admin


Hi there, You will find me in the office working alongside my colleague, Nicky. I commenced work here in 2000. TIS really is a wonderful learning and working environment which makes it a pleasure to provide administrative support for our staff, students, parents/caregivers and the wider community. My role is varied, challenging and interesting, and includes financial management, student database management, following up unexplained absences, general sickbay and office duties. I have two children who have spent their intermediate years at TIS and are now out in the working world.

NICKY McKENZIE - Principal's PA

DAVID BREEDS - Office Manager


I am the most recent addition to the support team. After a couple of decades in retail, I've switched gears and am now supporting the admin team, teachers, and learners at Taradale Intermediate. My role includes general office duties, sick bay, and supporting the Hawkes Bay Optimist Yacht Trust. I can be found at the front desk from 8:00.

JOANNE WOOLLEY - Pastoral Care

Kia Ora. My name is Jo Woolley and I have proudly been a part of Taradale Intermediate School for the last 13 years.  My key role is to support the learners, their families and staff with any social, mental, physical or emotional needs I consider myself very fortunate to work with a fantastic group of learners and adults in a warm, welcoming and dynamic environment. Outside of school I like to cook, take my dog for walks, travel and spend time with family and friends.


​​​​​​​Hi I am Lyne and I have been at Taradale Intermediate for 15 years. You may also come across me in many different areas of the school sports uniforms, lost property, school office just to name a few. If you are looking for lost property find me in the library before the school day starts - between 8.00am till 8.20am. 

CORRINA BLAND - Learning Assistant​​​​​​​

Being a Learning Assistant at TIS provides me the opportunity and privlidge of working with both our amazing learners and an awesome teaching staff. I have worked in schools in Auckland, Ireland and now here in the beautiful Hawkes Bay where I share my life with my partner and our two gorgeous girls. ​​​​​​​

ROBYN FOULDS - Learning Assistant​ and ESOL Tutor

Hi, I'm Robyn and I am married with two adult sons. I hold my sons entirely responsible for my interest in education. During my sons' early schooling I found it extremely rewarding to assist in the classroom as parent help and from there it seemed a natural progression to becoming a teacher aide. Having completed the Massey Teacher Aide course and Napier Literacy Programme I have worked at various schools covering new entrants to Year 11. I strongly believe in the importance of literacy as a foundation for all learning and laughter as a tonic for the flagging spirit. I have been fortunate to work at TIS since April 2009. My role, I believe, is a privileged one enabling me not only to assist our dedicated teachers and students in a general way but also supporting the learning of those students at risk of failing. It is vital, I believe, to create a safe learning environment to enable children to take risks, make mistakes and become independent learners. Outside of work I enjoy been taken for a walk twice daily by our much loved staffy, Buddy.

MICHELLE HALL - Learning Assistant


STEVE DEMETRIUS - School Chaplain

​​​​​​​I have served as the Volunteer School Chaplain at TIS since 2009. Lifewalk Charitable Trust defines the role of a Chaplain as a “trusted friend” who is there to encourage and support Students and Staff. It is a unique role in that I come not as a teacher, administrator, or parent, but as just “Steve.” Students face many pressures and issues in their lives and I count it a privilege to work alongside the Staff at TIS. Lifewalk directs Chaplains to not initiate conversations with Students or Staff about spiritual matters. I do not and will not approach students or staff to start a spiritual discussion or put pressure on them to head in any spiritual direction. The role of a Chaplain is not to promote any particular Church or denomination, but to facilitate the flow of information about local youth groups. I also serve as Chaplain at Taradale High School, EIT and teach the Champions programme at two Primary schools. I am originally from California and have lived in New Zealand for about 16 years. My wife is originally from Taradale and we have three children.  I have previously taught school and coached many sports. I love film, travel, reading, sports (tennis, golf, mountain biking, basketball, softball and hockey on the turf with the students!). I spend Interval and Lunch hours at school, attend assemblies and special events, spend time in the Staff room, lead the Chess Club, and help lead a weekly afterschool Bible Club (students get permission from their Parents/Caregivers to attend). Taradale Intermediate is a wonderful school and it is a real joy to serve here.