Meet The Team


Whaea Kohu Inch – Taniwha Leader



Lead Classroom Teacher Year 4 & 5

Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga

Ko Tokerau te Moana

Ko Mamaru te Waka

Ko Parata te Tangata

Ko Kahutianui te Tupuna Whaea

Ko Ngatikahu te Iwi

Ko Kohu Atatu Inch ahau

Kohu graduated from a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland and went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching Primary in 2000. She has spent most of her career teaching in the multicultural suburb of Otahuhu in Auckland. In 2016, Kohu began working at Mangonui School in Reading Recovery – a specialized teaching role which aims to accelerate literacy achievement for students in their early school years. Kohu enjoys working collaboratively to achieve success and make a positive impact on learning for Taniwha kids.




Kia Ora, my name is Ryan Kiely and I teach in the Taniwha classroom. This is my first year of teaching and I couldn’t imagine a better place to be doing it. I grew up in Hamilton, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Masters of Teaching and Learning. Outside of education, my interests are hiking, motorcycles, and tinkering away in the shed. I believe learning is an active process that takes place inside and outside of the four walls of a classroom. My vision is to be a positive force for change in the lives of my tamariki, supporting them to find the tools and motivation that enable them to pursue their passion.