Senior school is made up of dynamic and passionate teachers who believe that our students here at Manurewa West, really are the best and can achieve anything! Teaching and learning through inquiry is our main focus, allowing students to work both collaboratively with others while developing their independence skills as they get ready for the transition of Primary to Intermediate. An active approach to learning is our philosophy, keeping our students engaged and loving school. We have high expectations of our students and provide all the support they need to excel and be the very best they can be. In Years 5 and 6, our students are exposed to a range of opportunities in sport, culture and the arts encouraging them to develop strengths in a range of areas. 


Mr Owen Dilling – SP2, Year 5/6 Teacher and Pod Leader

Kia ora, bonjour, guten tag, buenos dias, borre dda and hello, I’m Owen Dilling from the UK and I’m the teacher in Room SP2. My family are all, or have all been, school teachers and I am proud to follow in their footsteps. Although new to the school, I’ve been a Primary School Teacher for 6 years now and I am super excited to be in New Zealand and teaching at Manurewa West Primary School. My previous classes have all been in Year 6 and I look forward to bringing my skills, energy and experience to Auckland. I love teaching and my aim is to provide a stable, nurturing and loving environment for your wonderful children to grow. I retrained to be a teacher after working for nearly 20 years as a Chef, Restaurant Manager and Franchisee for a very well-known food brand. Outside of teaching, I love to cook, play guitar and explore the world and I can often be found fishing, canoeing or just chilling in the great wide open spaces that New Zealand offers. I am an avid sports fan with a keen interest in rugby, athletics and football. Please feel free to drop by and say hi,  

Mr Shadrach Babu – SP4, Year 5/6

I am so delighted to be teaching at Manurewa West Primary School. I believe that students are naturally social beings and learn best from each other. I am looking forward to getting to know the class and their families this year. SP4 are an energetic and creative bunch. Apart from teaching, I love playing soccer, touch rugby and lawn bowls. Please feel free to come in and talk with me or to see your child’s amazing work.  

Mrs Kohu Tongaawhikau – SP6, Year 5/6 Teacher and Pod Leader
“ He kee nahe e hoki muri ana horekau kee te tangata ” Only a crayfish moves backwards”. Teenaa koutou katoa,  My name is Mrs Kohu Tongaawhikau. I have taught in Mainstream and Bilingual for 3 years and 8 years in Kura kaupapa.  We must stand, persevere and move forward; to never stop working towards our goals to reach our potential. Through manaakitanga we create a positive experience and a love for learning, recognising that success at different levels is attainable. My outside interest is being able to judge every 3 years in Taranaki for the regionals, National Matatini kapa haka. I have 4 beautiful grand daughters and one is currently attending Manurewa West Primary School. I also believe students can have a teacher who can give them a positive experience in their early school years so they can develop a love for learning and an understanding that learning is a life-long journey of achieving dreams and goals. Nau mai haere mai, please feel welcome to call in and see me.

Mrs Bernadette Logo – SP1, Year 5/6 Teacher 

Talofa Lava, I am Mrs Bernadette Logo and I am the Bi-Cultural teacher in Room SP1. I am looking forward to incorporating aspects of Samoan and Pasifika as part of the Curriculum. I have an ‘open door’ approach whereby you are more than welcome to discuss any concerns about your child or just pop in for a conversation. Faafetai Lava.

Mrs.Deborah Gosnell-SP3, Year 5/6 Teacher and Acting Assistant Principal

It is with a sense of excitement that I join the highly skilled team of educators at Manurewa West Primary School. I am passionate about learning and empowering students to be the best version of themselves.  I look forward to partnering with you in supporting your child on their learning journey. At home I enjoy relaxing with friends and spending time with my husband and our two children as well as our two SPCA cats Lunar and Eclipse.

Haydn Daniels -SP5, Year 5/6 Teacher
Kia Ora. I am very excited to be teaching with the senior team in our brand new learning environment this year. I have taught across a range of schools both in New Zealand and the UK over my 10 year career. I am passionate about inspiring young people to reach their full potential and grow into life-long learners. In my spare time I enjoy keeping active, watching sport and spending time with my partner and our two dachshund (sausage dog) puppies. I am looking forward to a great year at Manurewa West School.