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Principal | Max Muller

Hello, I’m Max.   I am privileged to serve the exciting Matahui School community as principal.  The students and parents at Matahui inspire me to continually learn and lead by example.   Prior to 1994 I worked in a variety of New Zealand schools ranging from primary, intermediate and secondary schools. During this time I held various positions of responsibility, the last of which was Head of English at Waihi College. In 2011 my wife and I made the decision to return to New Zealand having completed 17 years working in international schools across Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. During this time I had the opportunity to help found and establish two international schools.   Everyday presents a unique challenge at Matahui and keeps me coming back for more.


Year 0 & 1, 2| Christine Croskery

Hi. My name is Christine Croskery and I have had the privilege of teaching at Matahui School for the last 22 years! It’s been a family affair for us, with my 2 children, Eve and Niko, both spending all their primary years at Matahui and my husband James very involved, especially in the wonderful camps throughout, and now attending to the maintenance of the school. So as a parent and a teacher I can vouch that Matahui is a place where very special memories are made! It’s a very creative and exciting place to be and I enjoy that every day is different. I love the hands-on approach and the warm family environment.

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Year 2, 3 & 4 | Sara Thorburn

Matahui School is an amazing place to teach. I am constantly learning alongside my class about a variety of interesting topics. Our students get to be themselves and are valued for who they are while being challenged to extend their knowledge and understanding. I began teaching in 1999 in Galatea, where I met my husband Dudley, then took some time out to raise our two children. I then spent some time retraining and relieving before being given the awesome opportunity to teach here in 2009. Our eldest child attended Matahui before going to college and our daughter is currently in year 7 here. We value the awesome opportunities this wonderful school provides.


Year 5 & 6 | Alison Chissell

Hi, I am lucky to be married to my dear husband Dave and we have two energetic boys. We currently live at Te Puna and love spending time on the water, especially kayaking. I am an avid reader who often finds it hard to put down a great book. Gardening and home renovations are huge interests and I love working on new projects. It is inspiring to be part of an energetic and highly innovative team. I believe in fostering warm positive relationships with every individual child so they feel safe in our creative learning environment.


Year 7 & 8 | Paul Evans

I am married to Nicola, with two lovely girls named Ruby and Lisa. We live on a lifestyle block with avocados, lambs and chickens. I describe myself as a lifelong learner who enjoys sport and the outdoors, loves the experiences of other cultures, and is a mathematical thinker. I am in my second year at Matahui Road School as the year seven/eight teacher. In our classroom we create a stimulating student centred environment, underpinned by a wonderful outdoor education program and a strong emphasis on leadership and team building. There are many aspects of our fine school that exemplify my ideals of a full primary but most importantly it gives real life experiences to the students which results in them knowing themselves and being more connected within their communities.


Music & French | Christine Deschamps

Hi My name is Christine or more communally known as Chrissie. I teach music at Matahui School. It truly is a pleasure to hear children expressing themselves and learning through music. Matahui School is a very treasured place I am privileged to be a part of.


Administration | Kirsty Tod

Hi! I am Kirsty Tod and my husband Alistair and I have recently returned to the Matahui Community after 4 years of living near Lake Taupo. My son Alex had his first four years of schooling here which was fantastic and he is now at college. I have returned not only as a part time administrator but also as parent to two beautiful girls. We are all loving being back in the Bay of Plenty and are delighted to be enjoying the warm, caring and supportive environment that Matahui provides.


Administration | Gail Thomson

Hello! I arrived from Christchurch late January this year and have settled into a lovely little rental on the outskirts of Katikati. My husband has already been here a year and is a Physics teacher at Katikati College. He loves it in the Bay of Plenty and kept telling me how nice the area was and how warm it is here – and he was right! I feel at home already and love the ambience of the place. I started at Matahui Road School at the beginning of Term 2 and it is a lovely place to work. Everyone is very welcoming and kind and the school has a lovely family feel which is wonderful!

Board of Trustees

  • Marie Webster (Chairperson)
  • Christine Croskery
  • Frank Bourgeois
  • Samantha Ogden
  • Helga Campbell

See a video interview with Principal Max Muller