Our Team

Rachele, Danny and Cara are really excited to welcome you to Te Matauru Primary soon.

Danny Nicholls – Foundation Principal

Danny brings a wide variety of leadership and teaching experiences to Te Matauru Primary. Following school Principalship in three different North Island primary schools, Danny most recently worked as a Leadership Advisor supporting beginning Principals across the Bay of Plenty.

Danny enjoys being part of a collaborative and engaged community. He is excited by the challenge of building a new school from the ground up and the opportunities this provides for the students of Rangiora. Danny looks forward to leading the school through its initial development and then consolidation in the years ahead.

Danny lives in the Te Matauru zone community with his wife Jacinta, who is also a teacher, and their youngest daughter Mae. Their older children, Isaac and Laura, have recently left home to work and study and so they are working through the family “downsizing” that happens at this stage of life as well as the excitement of joining a new community. As well as family, Danny enjoys sports, reading, writing, and travel. He spends far too much of his spare time following Liverpool FC and remains forever hopeful that this will be “our year”.

Rachele Poole – Deputy Principal, Junior School

Rachele brings a strong background in school leadership, special education and classroom experience to the Te Matauru community. Rachele joins us from Fernside School where she was the SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), team leader and taught a boys-only class.

Rachele has a passion for developing student self- efficacy and independence. She has strength and expertise with inclusive practice and supporting learners in the classroom. Rachele is looking forward to working with the local community to develop strong relationships with Te Matauru.

Rachele lives locally with her husband Mike, who is a Contracts Manager. Maddy and Campbell are the only two out of their seven children that still live at home. The older children live in either Rangiora or Christchurch. She is a proud nana to Logan. Outside of school and being a Mum, Rachele is involved in football and enjoys traveling and gardening.

Cara Taylor – Deputy Principal, Senior School

Cara brings a wealth of experience having worked across all levels and in varied roles within the primary sector, including inclusive education and developing leadership. She is coming to Te Matauru Primary from Belfast School in Christchurch where she was previously a Deputy Principal.

Cara is passionate about leading learning which is collaborative, inclusive, future focussed and personalised. She has strengths in curriculum development and has deep knowledge about teaching and learning. Cara is excited at the opportunity of working with the school community to design a curriculum tailored to our needs that reflects our vision and values.

Cara resides in Kaiapoi with her husband Paul and two sons, Oli and Alex. Her oldest and only daughter Connie is living and playing basketball in America. As a family when they are not supporting their children’s sporting pursuits they enjoying holidaying at their second home in the Mackenzie District.

Establishment Board of Trustees


Peter Simpson - Chair


Lyn Bates - Deputy Chair


Simon Hemmings


Hugh Mould


Tom Scollard - Governance Facilitator

Get In Touch

Location: Corner Johns and Pentecost Road, Rangiora, Canterbury, NZ

Telephone: 021 399 462

Email:  principal@tematauru.school.nz

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm

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