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Ko ngā tamariki ngā rangatira mo apopo – Our children are our leaders of tomorrow.

Kia ora e te iwi. Ko Pirihira Brown tōku ingoa. I am originally from Manutuke, which is 15km from the stunning city of Turanga-nui -a-kiwa, also known as Gisborne.


I have been teaching at Horohoro School for the past seven years. I have really enjoyed teaching at this school, because of the whānau culture that is prevalent.  

I am currently the junior school teacher and lead teacher for Te Reo Māori development within our school. My class, Haparangi includes year one to three. My class usually has a small number of students to allow for lots of oral language,  Education Outside the Classroom and experiential learning.

The tamariki in Haparangi are fortunate to have a lot of one to one and group interaction with the teacher, which results in significant shifts in the children's learning and development.

Like the educationalist blogger, Danny Steele, I believe that great teachers don't show up for WORK... they show up for KIDS! It's a passion -- not a job. My tamariki make me smile everyday and I always look forward the new day ahead.

If you want your child to have the best start to kura, look no further. Horohoro is the school for you!

Hei kona,

Kōkā Pirihira Brown

Waea Pūkoro: 0212921233

Īmēra: piri@horohoro.school.nz

Kia Ora,

My name is Briar Spanbroek.  I teach in Haparangi along side Piri as her Principal release teacher.  Our junior students are a delight!  The class number is small and as a result we are able to work intensively and provide regularly 1:1 or small group support.

The culture at our kura is inclusive, warm and welcoming.  Many students are whanau here and as a result look after each other as siblings.  The classes are multi level which allows for that continued relationship at school.