Kuratau School

Nora Maaka

Role

Room 2 - Teacher Year 5

Email

maakan@kuratau.school.nz

Qualification

Bachelor of Teaching

General Information

Hello! My name is Nora Maaka and I am the new teacher in Room 2. I am very excited and I look forward to working alongside you and your children. I would like to begin by telling you a little about myself. I originate from a small community called Te Hapua (at the top of NZ) and I moved to Auckland when I started intermediate. When I finished high school I went off to the Army as an administrator for 3 years.

I loved the outdoors and decided to study ‘Outdoor Recreation’ in Auckland, North Shore. I did a semester of white water kayaking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and tramping. It was challenging but fun! During this time, I worked quite a bit with children and that’s when I decided that this was the right path for me.

I graduated with my ‘Bachelor of Education’ in 2012 and taught in South Auckland. I had a permanent job for the first 3 years and decided to relieve for a year. Then in March last year, my partner and I saw an opportunity to help my family. We adopted my nephew, (now son) Adam. He is 2 years old and it has been a blessing to have him.

Auckland became too much for our little family so we started to look at other options. A position opened up at Tongariro School and my partner was lucky enough to secure it. I then relieved at Tongariro School for a term before securing an amazing position here at Kuratau School.

My passion outside teaching is sport. I play Rugby League, and that was the only hard thing leaving behind in Auckland. I debuted for the Kiwi Ferns at the last Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and I have been playing in the black jersey ever since. I am in a unique situation living far from any league competitions. But I have been determined to stay in the mix and it has taken a lot of self-motivation and belief. I recently got selected for the Kiwi Fern 9s team, that will be televised during the NRL 9s. Although this is an amazing opportunity for myself, I will regrettably be missing the first 3 days of term. I have to say a big thank you to Kuratau School for supporting me and allowing me time off.

I hope this gives you a good insight into my life. I can’t wait to start my new journey with Kuratau School. My door is always open and I look forward to meeting you all.

Kind Regards,

Nora