Tōtara Team

Welcome to the Tōtara 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.

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



Ellis Walker Bell
Team Leader of Tōtara, Teacher Room 23

Ellis joined the Long Bay primary teaching staff in 2017 having spent the previous 5 years teaching in West Auckland. She graduated from Massey University in 2011 having decided on a change in career. She has taught from year 3 up and enjoys the excitement and curiosity that teaching brings.

When not teaching, Ellis enjoys gardening and growing veggies, loves walking and spending time at the beach. She also loves enjoys cooking and sharing food with family and friends.

Ellis lives locally with her husband and two teenage boys.


Kathryn Hohaia
Teacher Room 24

Kathryn graduated from Auckland College of Education in 1990. She has taught levels 0 – 6, predominantly in the year 5/6 area. As well as classroom teaching Kathryn has had experience in team, maths and sports leadership and has spent a decade in the role of music specialist.

Kathryn enjoys the challenge of creating and tailoring an engaging classroom programme which caters for the needs of all her students. Kathryn moved to Browns Bay when she was 4 years old. She attended Torbay Primary, Northcross Intermediate and Long Bay College.

Kathryn loves living in the Bays with all it has to offer, so no surprise when she chose to raise her family, now young adults in Browns Bay too! When not at work Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family, playing sport together or going to the beach. She also likes to read and potter in her garden.

John Keoghan
Teacher Room 25

John joined Long Bay Primary in 2017, after 6 years at Forrest Hill School and more recently, 3 years at Windy Ridge Primary.

He has experience teaching a range of levels from years 2-6 and is involved in our school E-Learning and Sports curriculum teams. John has a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, a New Zealand Certificate in Architectural Design and prior to teaching spent 13 years as an Architectural Designer in the commercial industry.

John lives locally and has 2 young children that attend Long Bay and outside of school enjoys getting out in the boat for a fish and a quick surf with the kids.

Briar Porter
Release Teacher

Briar has worked at Long Bay since 2006. Before teaching she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in Wellington, has lived and taught English in Japan and completed her Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching.

Briar has spent time teaching across the levels within school from Year 1 to Year 6, with the majority of her teaching being with Year 3 & 4. She enjoys getting to know student's individual strengths and talents and watch as their confidence in both their academic and social capabilities grow throughout their time at Primary school. She has a keen interest in e-learning, Māori language and sport.

In her free time Briar enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and two young children.

Long Bay Primary School, Ralph Eagles Place, Long Bay. North Shore, New Zealand. Phone: (09) 473 6077. Email: admin@longbayprimary.ac.nz