Pokeno School

Kea Whanau

Rooms 7 - 10
Year 5 - 8
Whanau Leader - Miss Watson

Genevieve Rimene (Whaea Honey)

Room 7 (Yr 5/6)



General Information

Ko Rangitumau te maunga
Ko Ruamahanga te awa
Ko Kurahaupoo te waka
Ko Te Oreore te marae
Ko Rangitaane, Ngaati Kahungunu, ko Ngaati wai ooku iwi
Ko Genevieve Rimene ahau
Noo reira, teenaa raa Koutou katoa.
Kia ora, my name is Whaea Honey.
I am originally from the Wairarapa, and have grown up on farms all my life. I moved to Hamilton 5 years ago to study Primary School teaching, and Te Reo Maaori. Last year I graduated from Waikato University, and have since had the amazing opportunity to join Pokeno School as a beginning teacher.
In my spare time I like to go to the beach, go fishing, camping, and hangout with my family, partner and friends.
I look forward to getting to know and working with the students, staff, whanau and wider community of Pokeno this year.
Ngaa manaakitanga o te wa.
Whaea Honey.
P.S. “Whaea” is said as “Fire” in English 

Inger Cuthbert

Room 8 (Year 5/6)



Karen Kanon

Room 9 (Yr 6/7)



General Information

I moved to Pokeno School this year for a new challenge. I see us all as life long learners and expect to learn heaps from the students and staff at Pokeno School.

I have lived in Pukekawa, on a lifestyle block for 15 years. We have had a variety of animals from Calf Club and Pony Club. I have 4 children, with 2 still students at Tuakau College. I taught at Pukekawa School for 10 years. I enjoy being part of my rural community and help with creating material bags for “ Over the river- Plastic bag free”

Before children, I taught in Papatoetoe Central, and St Thomas Kohimarama. I love gardening, reading and spending time with my family.

I look forward to getting to know the Pokeno community and working with my students and their whanau at Pokeno School.

Michele Watson

Room 10 (Yr 7/8)



General Information

I joined the team here at Pokeno School at the beginning of 2015, but I have been lucky enough to have been involved with the school before this, as both an Energizer and FMS deliverer.

My teaching career has seen me work in both a small country school and large city school and my role outside teaching has allowed me to work in schools right across schools in the Counties Manukau area. I love seeing our children develop confidence, do things they didn’t think they could and make progress when it comes to their learning. I am looking forward to celebrating many more successes with our children and our school.

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