Nikau Syndicate

Welcome to the Nikau syndicate.

We have an 'open door' policy at our school. This means you are always welcome to pop down and see us if you have any queries or concerns. If we are not immediately available, we will arrange a mutual convenient time to talk with you.

Nikau class teachers have set up a website for you to keep up with our learning and programmes. This can be accessed by here.


Dianne Mayall
Nikau Team Leader, Teacher Room 9, Year 3/4 class

Dianne completed a Bachelor of Social Work and Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at Massey University in Albany. She has been teaching for ten years and during that time had experience teaching at all year levels. Prior to coming to Long Bay Primary, Dianne worked at Gulf Harbour School and Takapuna Primary.

She is passionate about using an inquiry approach in her classroom that encourages wonderment and curiosity so students become excited and inquisitive about their learning.

Andre Hueber
Teacher Room 8, Year 3/4 class

Andre is a beginning teacher at Long Bay. He completed the Master of Teaching and Learning in 2015, has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts and spent seven years working as a newspaper reporter. He enjoys tramping and swimming and is excited about his new journey as a teacher.

Alison Weavers (together with Jo Patrick)
Teacher Room 3, Year 3 class


Jo Patrick (together with Alison Weavers)

Associate Principal, Teacher Room 3, Year 3 class

Jo began her role as Associate Principal in 2006. She has a Diploma in Teaching and Bachelor of Education from Waikato University, trained to teach English as a Second Language in London,and has completed a Masters in Education (Honours) with the University of Auckland.

She has been a classroom teacher for many years: in Whakatane for her first year, at Sherwood School, Browns Bay in 1985 and 1986, Aycliffe Drive JMI in Hemel Hempstead in the UK for two years, and Milford and Marina View Schools in Auckland in the early 1990's.

Jo developed a particularly strong interest in maths teaching in the 1990's, and worked on a Ministry of Education contract 'Parent Education in Relation to Maths' in 1995. She lectured in maths education at Auckland College of Education and was a Maths Adviser and Numeracy Facilitator based at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education for seven years. Jo currently leads the numeracy curriculum team.

Jo has a teenage daughter and lives locally.

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