Hamish Natusch (B Ed)


Hamish Natusch grew up locally on a sheep and beef farm.  Through school he played  a wide range of sports and played rugby and cricket to a representative level.  A serious neck injury prevented Hamish from continuing a career in Rugby.

He enjoys all sports and working on his parents farm when time allows.  He  is a keen hunter and fisherman.

Hamish and his wife Eve live in the Tikokino community with their 3 young children; Pippa, Wallace and Aubree.


Mitch Gay (B Ed)

Room 3 (Year 7 & 8 Teacher)

Mitch taught in Room 2 last year and will be in Room 3 this year.

Mitch moved back to his home of Central Hawke’s Bay after completing his training in Dunedin. Mitch attended Napier Boys High School where he was a Prefect.

Mitch is a keen and successful sportsman in many areas.  He also loves the outdoors having tramped, hunted and fished in many areas throughout New Zealand.


Anne Frater

Room 2 (Part time Year 4-6 Teacher)

We are very fortunate to have Anne Frater join our staff, bringing many years of experience to our school.  Anne has a passion for all curriculum areas, but really loves the literacy side of things best.  Anne originally joined our staff as the reading recovery teacher and achieved fantastic results.  In her spare time, Anne loves to be in the outdoors with her husband Greg and two children.


Rachelle Birrell (B Ed)

Room 1 Teacher (New Entrant – Year 3)

Rachelle joined our staff in 2015, after a successful stint teaching overseas.

She lives in Tikokino and is married to Eddie and they have a daughter, Nuala.

Rachelle has an extensive teaching knowledge in literacy and her passion lies in the junior room, where she enjoys seeing children learn and develop in their first years at school.


Tania Bennett

Teacher Aide

Tikokino is lucky to have a long serving and committed teacher aide like Tania. Tania and her husband Jeff live at Smedley Station, where Jeff is a block manager. Both of their children, Abie and Gus, attended Tikokino School.

Tania is always trying new approaches in her teaching to identify how to best help learners who need extra support in their learning. Tania also takes care of our school library.


Kate Archer

Office Administrator 

Kate joined our team for the last term of 2018 and brings with her over 20 years of office experience.

Kate lives in the village with her Husband Matt and two girls; Lilly and Willow who attend the school.  As a family they are keen outdoor people and enjoy the country life that Tikokino and Hawke’s Bay have to offer.