Staff

Senior Management

Senior Management

Joe Ferdinands

Principal

About Me

I migrated to New Zealand with my family in 2004. After years of management roles as Principal and Headmaster in India, and in Muscat - Sultanate of Oman, as well as in the United Arab Emirates, my aim was to find a small school in a small town and be a classroom teacher once again. I found all of these in the beautiful Maniototo. I began teaching at Maniototo Area School in 2005 as Head of English and have been here since. Over the years I have held various other roles such as Secondary Literacy Coordinator, Specialist Classroom Teacher, and Principal's Nominee. I took on the role of Principal in 2017.

Lucia Dowling

Deputy Principal (Primary), Year 7/8 Teacher

About Me

I am a local lass - born and bred here in the Maniototo. I attended St John's for my Primary schooling then came to MAS for my Secondary education. I have travelled throughout and worked in, many countries but came home to the stunning Maniototo where most of my family live. In 2017 I was awarded an Area Schools Study Award which gave me a year away from the classroom to complete my Masters in Education. I am currently the Deputy Principal of the Primary School and I team-teach with Katrina Hunter for Literacy and Maths. I am also the BoT rep on the Board of Trustees. I love my job, and I am a proud member of the MAS team.

Nikki Meyer

Deputy Principal (Secondary), Business Studies, Science & Chemistry Teacher

About Me

BSc - Major in Chemistry, BBS - major in Management, Graduate diploma of teaching - trained at Massey University in Palmerston North. I grew up on the Kapiti Coast 45min North of Wellington. I have two Dogs - Spot and Gilbert, a sheep - Frank, 6 alpacas - Kevin, Percy , Cyril, Tina,(also a boy) Gordon, Louis. Moved to the South Island in 2012 after doing the Rail Trail in 2011 and falling in love with Central Otago.

Teaching Staff

Secondary School

Secondary School

Joanna Brooks

HOD English, Senior Dean, E-Dean & Literacy Support

About Me

B.A (Hons) Medieval Early Modern European Studies. Grad Dip Tch. Born and raised in Auckland- I worked as a Costume Designer and in the Wardrobe Departments of the NZ Film and Television Industry before becoming a Teacher. I am passionate about Literature, History, Art and Design. I moved to Poolburn to marry my husband and live on the family farm nine years ago. I have a 21yr old son James and all together we have moved part-time to Ranfurly. I love this friendly and interesting community and value the small classes and close relationships which our amazing school fosters. I love to read, sew, shop and collect vast quantities of vintage ceramics and assorted junk. I would love to be a competent gardener and look forward to keeping something green alive in the near future.

Jessica Mooney

HOD Maths, Physics Teacher, Year 9 Form Teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

Yuichi Nakamura

HOD Physical Education, Year 10 Form Teacher

About Me

BPhEd major in Exercise Prescription and Sports Management at the University of Otago. GradDip Teaching-Trained at the University of Canterbury. Teaching Subjects in 2020- P.E and Health. Born and grew up in Japan. Kia Ora, I am a P.E teacher and began my teaching career at MAS from 2018. I fell in love with this country when I was 18 years old and have been living in NZ for over 10 years on and off. I've worked as a sales consultant in a plastic industry/shoe manufacturer in Japan, and a sea-kayak guide in Milford Sound. I moved to Ranfurly with my wife Megumi and daughter Mizuki (2). I am passionate about the outdoors, Rock & Alpine Climbing, Backcountry Skiing, Camping and Surfing. This year I am starting to introduce our students to a variety of outdoor activities and utilising the natural environment we have here.

Sam Stevens

Year 7-13 Art, Agriculture Teacher, Year 12-13 Co Form-Teacher

About Me

B.A. (Hons) Dip Teaching. Born and raised in Southland on a sheep and beef farm, attended Otago University and then shore some sheep, went to T-Coll and then went and taught in England for a couple of years.I then taught Art History and English at Southland Girls High School in Invercargill. In 2003 we moved to our farm in Poolburn with wife Deb and kids Josh (16) Harry (14 ) and Lucy (11). I am really interested in developing pathways for our Senior students in the Agriculture industry, to this end I am looking to engage with our local Maori groups and continue to work with Beef and Lamb NZ in my role as a Farmer Councillor for the Central South Island. I also have a passion for Art History and am looking to complete my Masters hopefully this year, fingers crossed.

Fiona Dowling

Yr 9-10 Science & Yr 9 Social Studies Teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

Kate Dowling

HOD Science, Biology & Horticulture & Yr 7/8 Science Teacher

About Me

BSc with a double major in Marine Biology and Physical Geography. Graduate Diploma in Secondary teaching from Christchurch College of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching from Victoria University, Certificate in Organic Horticulture. I grew up on a farm within the Richmond Ranges in Marlborough, from there I studied at Lincoln University to pursue a netball scholarship and where I also met my husband Luke, later transferring to Canterbury University to study Marine Sciences. My first teaching position was at Gore High School and later to Lawrence Area School. Luke and I then did our OE through the UK, Europe and Asia and I relief taught in London as well as a nannying position in Shropshire. We now farm in Gimmerburn and life keeps us pretty busy with our young family.

Lauren Becker

Music, Kapa haka Teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

Juliet Sorrel

Art & Year 7/8 Food Tech Teacher

About Me

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Michelle Dowling

Yr 10 History & Geography Teacher

About Me

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Lauren Becker

Yr 7/8 Maori & Kapa haka, Yr 9/10 Music, Tourism Teacher

About Me

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Primary School

Primary School

Trina Steele

Primary Art (Years 1-6), Year 7-10 Food Tech Teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

Celine Ferdinands

New Entrant/Year 1 Teacher
Kowhai

About Me

I have been the New Entrant teacher at MAS since 2013. I have a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early years 0 - 8, from Massey University. I have taught in schools in India, Dubai and Sharjah. My family includes my husband Joe, and my daughters Candice and Abigail. We moved from Dubai to New Zealand 16 years ago and we have loved living in the mighty Maniototo!! I enjoy cooking, sewing, drama and playing table tennis and badminton.

Ann-Marie Paterson

Year 2 Teacher
Tawa

About Me

I have a Bachelor in Education, endorsement in Teaching and teach Year 2 in Tawa. I grew up in the Bay of Plenty before my family moved to South Canterbury, where I met my husband and now live in Gimmerburn with my husband, Craig and our three children, Charlotte, Vanessa and Nathan. I enjoy gardening, baking, being creative and active, dancing and online shopping!

Heather Dowling

Year 3 & 4 Teacher
Whero

About Me

I am back teaching in the Junior School in Year 3 after having my children. I have a Bachelor of Education with a Diploma in Teaching and I graduated from the University of Otago. I grew up in Dunedin and had my first teaching post in a small school in England. I returned to NZ and got my job teaching at Maniototo Area School, 17 years later, I am still here and are now married to a Ranfurly local and have two boys, Tom (10) and Harry (7). I enjoy doing Rogaines, participating in the local Drama, Reading and spending time with family and friends.

Gemma Hore

Year 4/5 Teacher
Kahurangi (Mon-Wed)

About Me

I am a part time teacher sharing Kahurangi class with Sarah Paterson. I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching). I taught in Arrowtown and Alexandra before taking time out to have children. I started teaching part time at Maniototo Area School in 2009. My husband Simon and I farm in the Danseys Pass and I have 3 children Charlie (11), Maisie (9) and Sam (6). Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, life on the farm and keeping active!

Amanda Graham

Year 4/5 Teacher
Kahurangi (Thur-Fri)

About Me

I’m a part time teacher sharing Kahurangi class with Gemma Hore. I have a Bachelor of Education in Primary teaching and graduated from the University of Otago. In 2008 I moved to Ranfurly to take my first job as a beginning teacher. Since then I have taken a year away to teach at Lyon Park School in London and enjoyed travelling some of the world. I married a Ranfurly local, Nic Graham and we have three daughters, Abbie, Briella and Kaylee. In recent years I have been on and off Maternity leave and working part time. I enjoy spending time with my family, anything creative and keeping active.

Donna Mapley

Year 6 Teacher
Kakariki

About Me

I joined the Junior School as a Beginner Teacher in 2019. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching Endorsed in Primary Education gained from Otago University. Outside of School my interests revolve largely around family life and include music, drama, art, fishing and exploring the outdoors. Our family now live in Waipiata having moved from Dunedin in 2016.

Katrina Hunter

Year 7/8 Form Teacher

About Me

I am the Intermediate form teacher, teaching 0.8 here at MAS and hold the role as the Digital Technologies Coordinator. I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching). I live in the Danseys Pass on Mt Alexander Station and love the peace and serenity that living out in the country offers. I have 2 children who attend MAS, Abby (Yr 6) and Rhys (Yr 5). Outside of school, I am passionate about spending time with family, farmlife, cooking, music and reading.

Support Staff

Support Staff

Sharon Thompson

Executive Officer/Finance

About Me

Coming Soon

Anne Kirk

Office Administrator

About Me

A Southlander at heart I moved to the Maniototo in July 2006. My children Simon, Matthew and Lucy all attended MAS. My interests include my family, patchwork, art, travel, drama and socialising with friends. Ewan and I have purchased a property near Oturehua and are enjoying living in the country with our ever increasing family of fur-babies!

Sue Scott

Teacher aide

About Me

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Karenne Davis

Teacher aide

About Me

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Jenna Huddleston

Teacher aide

About Me

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Susan Pike

Sports Administrator

About Me

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Kerrin Mulholland

Caretaker

About Me

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Murray Morice

Cleaner

About Me

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Sandra Kreft

Cleaner

About Me

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Tania Cromb

Cleaner

About Me

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Current Vacancies

Hard Materials Technology Teacher:

Maniototo Area School requires a part-time Hard Materials Technology teacher to teach small groups of secondary students from Yrs. 7 to 13 for 10 hrs a week.

The successful candidate must have knowledge of carpentry. Experience in metal work is an advantage. A current teaching registration is useful but not a necessity. 

School accommodation is available at a subsidized rate.

Please email CV, covering letter and application form to  office@maniototo.school.nz

Teacher Position Application Form
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Executive Officer:

Maniototo Area School is looking for an Executive Officer. The successful candidate will be a reliable, well organised, collegial person with excellent financial, communication and IT skills. Knowledge of school systems is preferred. Familiarity with Xero will be an added advantage. The working hours are 28 hours a week (4 days a week) during school term-time, starting 26 July 2021. School accommodation is available.

Job Description: Executive Officer Job Spec May2021.docx

Please email CV, covering letter and support staff application form to  office@maniototo.school.nz 

Support Staff Application Form
Non-Teaching Position ApplicationForm 2021 (1).docx