Pokeno School

Kea Whanau

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

Vicki McCarthy

Room 8 (Year 5/6)




Bachelor of Education

General Information

Kia Ora,
My name is Vicki McCarthy and this year I am teaching Year 5/6 in Room 8.

I began teaching at Pokeno School at the beginning of Term 3 in 2019. I taught Year 3/4 students in Room 5.

Prior to teaching at Pokeno School, I lived in Papakura for 25 years and taught at Papakura Normal School. I taught there for four and a half years and in those years I taught Year 5/6 and Year 7/8. My husband and I got married in April 2019 and bought a house in Tuakau.

Applying for a job at Pokeno school has been one of the best decisions for me and I am thoroughly enjoying the community change.

I look forward to meeting more of the community throughout year.

Karen Kanon

Room 9 (Yr 5/6)



General Information

This is my third year at Pokeno School and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that is this school. I see us all as life long learners and learn from the students and staff at Pokeno School.

I have lived in Pukekawa, on a lifestyle block for 19 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.

Whaea Honey

Room 10 (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 7 years ago to study Primary School teaching, and Te Reo Maaori. I graduated from Waikato University at the end of 2017, and have since had the amazing opportunity to join Pokeno School. 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 

Sarah Fraser

Room 12 (Yr 6/7)



General Information

Kia Ora,
My name is Sarah Fraser and this year I am teaching year 6/7’s in Room 12.

I started at Pokeno School at the end of Term 2 in 2019 in the New Entrants room; Room 1 which later split and relocated to Room 12. Although I am still in the same room this year, my class looks slightly different now that it is home to “big kids” instead of “little kids”. This years move to Kea Whanau has been an exciting one for me and I am looking forward to a busy but exciting year.

My husband, children and I moved to Pokeno 2 years ago from Patumahoe and I absolutely love teaching in the community that we live in.

I look forward to getting to know you all more during the year and supporting your children on their learning journey.

Michele Watson

Room 13 (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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