Staff

Tae rawa te mahanatanga ki tōu ngākau, ka haere ki te ao mārama.

Hold your Mahanatanga close to your heart, and go out to thrive in the world.

Clay Boyd

Principal

Kia ora, and mahana greetings. My name is Clay and I started as Principal of Mahana Primary in T3 2023. I am very outgoing and love the opportunities that the Tasman region provides. Mahana is a special place right in the middle and has a true warmth about it!

I strongly believe in connections and student success. I live the school values Whanaungatanga - belonging, Ako - reciprocal teaching and learning, Rangaatiragtanga - leadership and Manaakitanga - kindness above all. I am a huge advocate for these values. We value our community, staff and students. 

Foremeost though I have a lovely family; Wife and three kids. I love them dearly and we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Besides Principalship I am an avid glider and fixed wing pilot. If only there was landing strip next to the school! I also enjoy the beach and I am always searching for a wave.

I would love to connect with you and share the warmth Mahana brings.

Carolyn Scorrar

Ngåkaupai Class

Deputy Principal

Teacher Year 3 - 5

My name is Carolyn Scorrar. For the past 10 years my husband and I have lived in Dovedale with our three young daughters. We own 5 acres and a number of animals, including sheep, chickens, pigs, dogs, birds and a cow. I spent my first two years teaching in England and the last 10 at Mahana. Outside of school I love to watch movies, bike, keep our property tidy (an ongoing mission!) and eating curry.


Ellie McGregor

Manawanui Class

Teacher Year 6 - 8 Mon-Wed

Ellie McGregor teaches Manawanui Monday to Wednesday.

Thursdays has Meeka Inglis teaching and Paul does Fridays.

Lauren Scott

Manawanui Class

Teacher year 6 - 8 Thurs/Fri

Hi I'm Connie Sherlock and I am passionate about my job and get joy from watching children build on their strengths and grow in their ability in literacy. Often children I work with at the beginning have a small vocabulary of known words they can read and write independently and after 12-20+ weeks they see themselves as independent readers and writers. No longer ‘Learning to read” but “Reading to learn”. So fulfilling!

I'm married to John and have 3 children and when not wearing my work hat you'll see me around the Māpua community involved in supporting families, and church life. I love getting out in the garden, baking and I always have a good book handy.

Shaelea Moorhead

Råhiri Class

Teacher Year 1 / 2

My name is Shaelea Moorhead. It is a privilege to be working with new entrants to year 2 students and to be a part of Mahana school whanau/community. I grew up in Nelson and love all the wonderful activities kindly provided in our outdoors. When I'm not teaching you'll find me exploring New Zealand's beautiful nature and beaches. I enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, eating and spending time with my family and friends.

Jenny Robinson

Office Administrator

Hi, I’m Jenny Robinson and I’m the School Administrator. I answer the phones, pay the accounts, sort emails, write the newsletter, help those that are feeling unwell or injured, maintain the school management system for all students, sort any payments made to school and a multiple of other tasks. I have worked at the school since 1998 and enjoy the daily interactions with the children, staff and Mahana community. I live in Richmond and have two children, Logan and Teneil. Having come from a farming background I would be lost without animals around me. I have a beagle named “Clifford”, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, several birds, tropical fish and Teneil’s papillon “Oliver”. I enjoy playing hockey, working in my garden and creating in my craft corner!

Diane Taylor

Teacher Aide

I’m originally from the UK and moved to beautiful New Zealand with my family many years ago. In my spare time I enjoy walking the dogs, horse riding, cooking and gardening. I really enjoy working at Mahana with its rural setting and friendly people.

Leith Bruning

Learning Support Coordinator

I’m employed as a Learning Support Coordinator by the Motueka Kahui Ako. I will be working across a number of schools including Mahana School. Prior to my current role I have been deputy principal at a couple of schools on the Waimea Plains and taught at schools in Nelson. I live in Richmond with my wife and two sons. Sport is a major part of our family life and I enjoy helping coach the numerous sports that my boys have a go at. I enjoy all sports, particularly playing golf!