Harakeke – Room 5, Year 2


Monica Mercury      monica@houghton.school.nz

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Ko Monica Mercury taku ingoa

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I am the Deputy Principal, the Junior Syndicate Leader and the teacher of the year 2 class, Harakeke.

I am part of the leadership team at Te Kura o Haewai and support the school with key decision-making processes and operational matters.  I lead the junior syndicate and we make efforts to collaborate together in the best interests of the students. I am really enjoying my time as the class teacher of Harakeke and we are getting to know more about each other in fun ways as the term progresses.  

I enjoy the positivity of education, both the fun aspects, the teaching and learning and the challenges that go with working with a diverse range of groups of individuals who make up both the staff, our whānau and those in the classroom environment.  Every year, these groups will be different and it is exciting to see what each year brings.

When I am not at school, the important things in my life are time with my whānau and running a basketball club with a key focus on youth basketball with my sister, Veronica Thompson.


Rekha Tiwari        rekha@houghton.school.nz

My name is Rekha Tiwari and I am a part time teacher at HVS.  I will be teaching Harakeke class on Thursday and Ti Kouka class on Fridays.  I will be also releasing classroom teachers when needed throughout the school.

My family have been part of the Houghton Valley Community since 2000 as our 3 boys moved through Houghton Valley Playcentre and then through Houghton Valley School and now onto SWIS, Rongotai and Wellington High.

I can honestly say that I am proud of our school and community.  I think we do a fabulous job in bringing up well rounded people.  I feel very fortunate to be now working in this idyllic place with such a dedicated and hard-working team.

Nga Mihi nui