Charles Pludthura (BOT Chair)

Kia ora koutou. I couldn’t imagine a better place to raise our family than Onehunga and feel lucky to be able to send our two kids to Onehunga Primary. I truly believe we have a great local school and community. I hope to help ensure OPS moves with the times and continues to challenge and recalibrate what it does with new ideas and enthusiasm.

I am genuinely passionate about quality education and improving outcomes, giving all our children the chance to become digitally capable and literate, seeing schools use resources efficiently and effectively, the prevention of bullying and loneliness in schools and ensuring our commitment to a bi-cultural and multicultural diverse community.

Ann-Marie Wickman

My husband Colin and I have lived in Onehunga for more than 14 years. We have 2 children, our eldest child has now left Onehunga Primary to attend Intermediate and our second child is still at OPS.

I have a strong desire to see all children succeed, and believe that quality education and opportunities are key components to a positive future for our children and our community. I am often at school if there is ever an issue you would like to raise, I am always keen for a coffee and a chat!

Monika Divis

My husband, Siva, and I have lived in Onehunga for over ten years. We have three children. I am a past pupil of Onehunga Primary School and want our school to continue to build on its strengths and create an environment where our children are encouraged and inspired to pursue their interests, feel secure to try new things, grow a desire to continue learning, and develop skills that serve them well in their lives.

I am committed to continuing to progress an effective partnership between our school and our families so that our children can form strong and lasting friendships, a true sense of belonging and connection with their community, and the confidence to be their best!

Susan Farley

I have been teaching since the year 2000 and I love my job. I have taught in Auckland, Christchurch and London.

Prior to that, I grew up in Devonport then moved to Browns Bay. I studied at Canterbury University, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I then did my post grad in Teaching. I headed off to travel and teach in England for about three years.

I have been at Onehunga Primary School since 2010. My role is the team leader of Year 6 and teacher of Year 6.

My home is also in Onehunga. I’m married and have three fur children.

This school and this community are very special to me. The children, families and staff at OPS are very caring and there is a real sense of belonging here. As a teacher at OPS I’m always trying to improve my practice and to ensure that the children feel safe, happy and excited about learning.

Viki Holley (Principal)

I started as principal of Onehunga Primary School at the beginning of 2014. I have previously been principal of schools in South Auckland and in the Bay of Plenty.

I love being part of the rich and diverse Onehunga Primary School community.

I enjoy working with staff, students, BOT and community to provide the best possible opportunities for our children.

Onehunga Primary School is on an exciting journey with lots of initiatives planned over the next few years.

Veronica Graham (Vaimoso, Lufilufi)

Kia Ora and Malo Lava. My husband and I, and our 3 children, have lived in Onehunga for about 10 years and love being a part of this colourful community. Our two boys attend Onehunga Primary School and we have seen them go from strength to strength - growing in confidence as unique individuals and learning how to care for their community.

I’m really keen to see all students do well, and have a heart for those children who are struggling academically in school. I recognise that many may come from my own cherished Pasifika community, and I’d like to be part of a solution of improving the learning of Pasifika and Maori children. I also fully endorse education incorporating inward-focused learning about ourselves (e.g. how our emotions, thoughts, behaviour and mood are all linked) and our relationships – so that we might arm our children with robust tools to deal with life challenges (present and future) when they threaten good mental health.

Richard Sami

I was born in Niue, in the Pacific Islands, and grew up in Mangere. I was educated in South Auckland and graduated with a BCOM in Marketing and Management from Auckland University.

I have lived in Onehunga since 2000 where my son was a previous student who departed Onehunga Primary in 2010. His previous teachers are all still teaching at Onehunga Primary. My daughter is at Onehunga Primary. I am a police officer, holding the rank of Detective Sergeant based in Avondale.