Meet Our Friendly Staff :)

Brenda Sutton


I have been principal of Waitaria Bay School for ten years, having moved from a  principal position of a small school in the North Island. I am also Community of Learning Lead Principal for the Te Wheke Akaronga - Marlborough Sounds. I believe in ensuring, through teaching and learning, that our children today gain a love of learning that leads them to be successful in  all aspects of their lives. I am a strong advocate for student agency - empowering children to take responsibility for their own learning and encourage the use of thinking skills, initiative and independence.

I am a mother, grandmother and partner , these people in my life are paramount to my happiness ..... along with fishing - hence the longevity of my stay in the Sounds - along with my love for the children and their families at our small school.

Chris Duckworth

Te Reo

Office Manager

Staff Rep. BoT Secretary

Chris grew up in Marlborough. His grandmother was the first telephone operator at Homeward Bay and his father was born in Maori Bay and from 1931 they lived in Picton.
Chirs has taught in Hawkes Bay, Ruatoria, King Country, Hamilton, Wellington, Perth Australia, Havelock and Blenheim. He has been a teacher through to being a principal of an Intermediate. His last job was Deputy Principal at Redwoodtown School.

Mary Peters

Bus Driver

My name is Mary Peters I am the BOT staff representative and secretary and I also share the role of Office Manager at Waitaria Bay School.  I have five children and six grandchildren and live in the beautiful Kenepuru Sounds.

My hope for the future of education is that it assists all students in their growth to become happy, independent and well informed individuals and to give them the necessary skills to cope with confidence in our rapidly changing world.

Barbara Keane


Barb grew up in Tauranga. She has taught in the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Waikato, Wellington, Perth Australia, Linkwater and then Tua Marina for the last decade.
She has been a teacher and Deputy Principal.

Nic Sutherland

Teacher Aid

Hi my name is Nic Sutherland. My family and I moved to the Sounds about a year ago for work. We are have enjoyed it so much that we have bought a property. I work at the school for three mornings a week as a teacher aid. 

I am enjoyed being a part of the school and being involved with our girls learning.

Agnes Takacs

Office Manager

My name is Agnes Takacs. I am Office Manager at Waitaria Bay School. My role allows me to interact with many people daily and see happy faces all around my job. My aim is to assist the WBS staff and the community to make the school and its surroundings an even happier and supportive environment for the kids to reach their personal excellence in. My own children came to this wonderful little school and I am proudly able to say that they have all benefited in being a part of this great community that has provided a strong foundation for their later schooling and life skills.

Robbie Crocker


Sue Altoft

Releiver Teacher

I live in Waikawa and am almost retired, just coming through to Waitaria on Wednesdays to teach. I enjoy sailing in the Sounds and also my involvement with Picton Dawn Chorus as we work towards eradicating predators in our district. 


Kids Edible Garden

Grant Baker


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