Where are they now?

This page acknowledges our students who attended Taita/Avalon Intermediate.

If you went to Taita/Avalon Intermediate and would like to contribute, please complete the survey at the bottom of the page

Mark Young

Our family lived close to Taita Intermediate, just a block away. After schooling at Taita Central I went to Taita Intermediate, finishing in 1970, and then starting at Taita College. All 4 kids from our family went to Taita Intermediate. There use to be a "Prefect" system that "good" students were given more responsibility. Though my sisters got there, sadly I didn't!! I then studied Architecture at Victoria University after Taita College. I worked overseas for a couple of years before beginning work back in New Zealand with Stapleton Architects, becoming a Principal there in early 1990, which has now morphed to Designgroup Stapleton Elliott with 5 offices around the country. I have 3 grown up children now, one getting married next year. I am involved in our church, am an avid armchair sports critic, and love the job that I have been so fortunate to be in.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

Hmmmm, besides the strap, I remember swimming in a very cold outdoor pool that is no longer. I enjoyed metalwork and woodwork the most, and enjoyed playing rugby there.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Metalwork and woodwork were subjects that were useful for my architectural degree. I also enjoyed Mathematics, again a subject that was very useful.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Nothing really jumps out but the 2 years at Taita Intermediate prepared me for College and to learn to be more independent.


What are your goals for the future?

To be able to help in areas where socio-economic influences disadvantage achievements or outcomes - to be able to help those in need.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Each place we come into, each encounter, each interaction, and our reaction to this determines the path our journey takes, both negatively and positively. It is important to look not just at ourselves but to be upright and honest to our friends, our whanau, and our community.

Tatiana

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I am a solo mum of 2. I have a girl who is 11 and in her 7th year at Glenavon school in Auckland and I have a son who is 3 years old. I am now 27 years old and work as a registered Nurse. I attended the kura in 2006 one of my most memorable moments being a student at the school would have to be learning to read with RJ. Who sadly has passed away💜 Rest in love wahine ataahua. Also having a close bonding relationship with Deputy principal Ron Morrissey who was an absolute legend.👍


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Learning to read. I struggled a lot with reading and writing in English. As I had previously been through a Maori school environment from the age of 0-9.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Becoming a mother that made me strive for what I wanted out of life and be the best role model I can be to my children. Without becoming a mother I wouldn’t be a registered nurse today.


What are your goals for the future?

Work towards getting my bachelors in Midwifery.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

No matter who you are or what background you come from you can always achieve the extraordinary. You just have to have the mindset to accomplish where it is or the person you want to be when you reach adulthood. Don’t take school for granted without having a great education system behind you. You will find it a lot harder later on in life.


Azarlea Moeau

My name is Azarlea Moeau maiden name Dickson and I attended Avalon intermediate the years 2003 and 2004.

I'm 28 years old now married and a mum to a beautiful little boy his name is Mathias, who will be attending Dyer St School with my old teacher when I was at Avalon Paula Weston - I think that's pretty cool. I moved away from the Hutt for about 8 years than moved back 4 years ago when I had my son, I'm currently a receptionist supervisor at a medical center in Lower Hutt and my husband is a builder.

What I learnt at Avalon - How to make wooden pencil cases.

What I've achieved - That I made it through the tough years, Intermediate is hard with all your hormones and other things that happen. That I'm still here and now married happy with my own family.

My Goals - To help and guide my son to become the best person he can be.

My Advice - It gets easier. Don't give up, nobody is perfect you are your own person stop comparing yourself to others be you and love yourself.

JADE

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Became a registered nurse, now a business owner. I lived in Australia, Canada and now Brunei and I have three kids.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1991-1992 the friendships, metal work and home economics class.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

The school council was good for leadership skills.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Bachelor of nursing, three kids and business owner.


What are your goals for the future?

To keep gaining momentum in my business and show my family what hard work looks like.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Always aim high!

Alison Gemmell (née Booth)

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I live in Australia with my Husband (Wainui boy) and our four daughters. We own a concreting company and often come back to the Valley to visit Whanau.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1991 & 1992 and I loved being in the school play, playing Water Polo and our camp to Kaitoke.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

I learnt to be a bit more confident at Taita/Avalon. I was very shy in Primary.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Owning my own business and being my own boss. From a shy girl in Taita I am proud of where I am now.


What are your goals for the future?

Continue to run a successful efficient business and buy more property and travel (when the Borders open again!).


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Be kind and confident to the people around you always. Experience all school activities, play sports and really aim to do everything to the best of your ability.

Kat

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I’m back in Wellington now after spending 12 years living in different countries.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1991-1992 I was there when we changed to Avalon Intermediate and I have too many amazing memories to be able to choose just one!


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

The importance of having good people around you.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

I’m incredibly lucky and have achieved many things in my life depending on your interpretation of achievement. Most of all I am proud that I have felt the fear and done it anyway and continue to push myself in all aspects of my life.


What are your goals for the future?

To be a great partner and raise a happy, healthy and thriving child. To continue with my own goals, self growth and take a moment to be grateful.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

You’ve got to reach for the stars and take ownership of your own trajectory. You can do it!

Andrea Moore (Buckland)

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Living in Pinehaven with son and husband working full time with the same company for almost 20 years. Enjoying life my family and dogs.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1995-1996. I loved woodwork.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

To be adaptable


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

My beautiful family


What are your goals for the future?

To become a qualified accountant


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

To just enjoy what you are doing!!

Hayley Patterson

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I am 37, I have 4 children and work full time as a Technology Business Partner for ANZ Bank.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1994-1995, my favourite memory was a huge sleepover in the school hall and camping at Kaitoke during EOTC week.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

How to relate to all different types of people, every background is different and you can just watch and listen to learn what to do and what not to do.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Raising 4 pretty cool kids whilst working hard to keep gaining promotions and moving up the corporate ladder.


What are your goals for the future?

To pay my house off in 5 years, get overseas and see more of the world and spend more time contributing to our local community with volunteer work.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

You can change your path, set small goals every day and battle to achieve them. Just remember if you have a slip up the sun rises everyday and you get to have another crack at it tomorrow.

Katy de Lima

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Living in the Hutt Valley. I Travelled Europe and the South Pacific. Qualified kindy teacher and mummy of 2.

When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1992 and 1993. Favourite memory - Woodwork classes and school productions

What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Trust in yourself, follow your heart

What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Teaching qualification, bought a house, partner and 2 kids

What are your goals for the future?

Pay off mortgage and travel more

What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Get your license and travel!!!

Gail Tairua

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I still live in the same house/address that I lived in when I attended Taita Intermediate. I am 66 years old and work for The Department of Internal Affairs.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

I think it was 1966 to 1967


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Sewing - My love for sewing was startet at Intermediate


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

I am proud of my family


What are your goals for the future?

To retire at the end of this year and start to enjoy my life on thus earth doing things like seeing our beautiful country


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Enjoy your time at Intermediate. Be happy learn as many different things as you can

Mel

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Married with 4 kids and 1 grandson


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1990-1992 school camp down south - Curious Cove in the Marlborough Sounds.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Friendship


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

My softball coaching


What are your goals for the future?

To settle into a career


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Always pick yourself back up, no-one else will.

Renee MacLennan

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I'm a Personal Trainer and Athlete - currently Wellingtons Strongest lightweight woman, and 4th strongest in Australasia.

Run my own personal training business - boot camps, strongman, CrossFit etc


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

Many moons ago - I think 1992/1993 - I loved production and Kapa Haka.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Try everything! I did as much as possible from sports to drama, arts, dance - you never know if you like something or even if you could be good at it, if you don’t try.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Many sporting awards, but my baby girl who is 9 and everything she does and achieves is the proudest I can be!


What are your goals for the future?

To keep competing in sport and pushing myself past my expectations! Win New Zealand’s strongest crossfit games in MASTERS worlds

and open my own facility (gym).


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Everything is achievable, hard work is worth the result, never give up on yourself, believe in you and your abilities, you can be all you wish to be.


Jade Dawson

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

IT Manager, Still living in Lower Hutt


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1990 / 1991- Attending Forrest Lakes Camp in Form 2.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Cooking Class & the importance of maintaining friendships.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Being a single teenage parent realizing my dreams and achieving all of them.


What are your goals for the future?

I've achieved all my goals, being in management in the Public sector, owning my own home and travelling the world.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Study hard, never give up on your dreams, knowledge is power.


Shirley Dowie

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Grandmother raising 3 of my grandchildren and living back in taita


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate?

1978 when it was Taita Intermediate. My favourite memory was cooking and sewing.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Baking is something I love doing with my grandchildren


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Raising my 4 children and now being able to instill good values in my grandchildren


What are your goals for the future?

Being able to enjoy life to the fullest


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

It's ok to make mistakes just brush it off and try again. Enjoy life and it's ok to change your mind


Linda Richmond (nee Jolley)

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I loved my two years at Taita Intermediate. Best time learning Woodwork, Metal work, Sewing and Cooking. I still live in Stokes Valley and have my daughter Emily in year 7 at Avalon Intermediate now. She is really enjoying her time there too.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1981 to 1982. I had lots of happy memories. I had the best teacher Mr Russell Thompson. He loved Softball. I remember lots of time outdoors playing in the school fields.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

I have regularly used the woodworking and sewing skills I was taught at Taita Intermediate.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

I married my husband at 20, bought our own home and have raised two beautiful daughters. I have always had jobs I enjoy and made great friends.


What are your goals for the future?

Enjoy life!


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Take every opportunity to be your best self. Life's short, make the most of every opportunity.

Ruby Wells

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

My maiden name is Ruby Harrison. I'm currently living in Maungaraki. Married, and had two adult children, and I am blessed with 3 grandchildren. I'm employed as the ICT Cloud Services Manager for WelTec and Whitireia Polytechnic.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1978 - 79 and my favourite memory is playing sports on the open field


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

The determination to achieve


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Female rugby union referee - travelling overseas and refereeing in Argentina, Australia, South Pacific. Teams from USA, Russia, France, and Italy


What are your goals for the future?

Enjoying fruits of my labor


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Hang in there! It's not a train at the end of the tunnel but a light :-)

Xodus Purewa

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I'm in my third year at Naenae College and I've almost passed NCEA level one


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

2016-2017. My favorite memory was when I got to make friends that are still my friends today


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Miss Poasa helping me with work that I was struggling


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Making sports teams and getting academic awards


What are your goals for the future?

To own a business and build houses


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Just keep pushing even if it a struggle just ask for help and never give up


Danny Gotlieb

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I'm a Project Manager in the Construction industry. I live in the Hutt Valley with my wife and 3 kids


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

I attended from 1985-87


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

I loved trade skills Woodwork and Metalwork ending up becoming a Tradesman in Joinery in the Construction industry


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Bring a Tradesmen has led to many options in Construction. I'm so proud of the multicultural environment at Taita which gave me the ability to get on with all people. This is such an important human relation quality in being a team leader.


What are your goals for the future?

To work with training and supporting young people into skilled workers , promoting and developing confidence in people.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Remember your roots, what you learn in human relations goes a long way to develop into life skills, back yourself to succeed and believe in people's ability.


Amber Walker

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Still in the Hutt! My hubby and I bought our first home in Stokes Valley together. We have two little boys and I work as an Accountant at a big firm in Wellington.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

2002 and 2003. My favourite memory would be getting to participate in Roadshow each year. Such a great experience!


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

To challenge myself!


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

My little family


What are your goals for the future?

I am part way through my chartered accountancy qualification and look forward to finishing that!


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Always make time for yourself. Mental health is so important! Have fun at school and work hard!


Jessica Meates

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Grew up in Stokes Valley, now working at Tui Glen School. Still great friends with the people I went through school with.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1991-1992-great teachers and wonderful friendships.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Believing in community-looking after each other and working together.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Continued with my education beyond AIS and Taita College.


What are your goals for the future?

To continue to work in our community and to make sure others know how wonderful our Stokes Valley/Taita area is.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Dream big! You can truly achieve anything in life, you just have to work hard, stay focussed and take any support that is offered.

Caroline Anne Richards (nee Stewart)

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I am the Owner/Director of a dance school based in Stokes Valley.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

1986-87 These two years were the favourite of all my schooling. Had a great teacher. Loved the discoes where the walls were lined with foil from the milk bottle cutouts.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

To be kind to people. Remembering having to write “I like you” letters to kids in our class.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

My dance school


What are your goals for the future?

To be happy and my kids to be happy


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Life changes and you may not end where you expect but enjoy the journey and make moments count.

Nootai Mariri

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Still living in Taita with my wife and 2 children my Son Tai attends AIS


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

85-86 Going from Pomare school to Taita intermediate on to Taita College with all my friends


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

My lifetime friends


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

I'm an engineer and my 2 children along with owning my own home


What are your goals for the future?

To be mortgage free and set my kids up in their own homes


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

learning will open doors that may have been shut to them

Bobby Nicolle

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I am living in Brisbane Australia working as a Group Finance Manager for several high end restaurants. Got married a couple of years ago when Oz made it legal


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

It was all fun. Had a great teacher Miss Gunn


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Being resilient


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Becoming a decent citizen of the world

Sandra-Jean Graham-Hall

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

I'm a mum of 3 studying to be a teacher aide and volunteering at the Salvation Army and Lower Hutt food bank


What was your favourite memory about our school?

My favorite memory is doing jump jam


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Cooking


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

I have all my NCEA levels plus national certificate in retail and early childhood


What are your goals for the future?

To be a teacher


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Listen to your teachers and follow your dreams everything is possible


Sarah

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

Living in SV in own home, working full time for a bank as a business manager. I have 2 kids and I am married.


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

When the teacher yelled at the student blaming her for his torn achilies lol


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Resilience


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Being successful in life


What are your goals for the future?

To be mortgage free by the time I'm 45 and setting ourselves up to help our kids into their own homes and future.


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Be genuine and be empathic to all walks of life. Knowledge is power.

Damaris Burrows

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are now

After a very chequered life, have settled (for now) in Europe. I am a Scientist and a Teacher, utilising both areas of expertise as and when 😂 hint to any students, work that education, it gives you choices!


When did you attend Taita/Avalon Intermediate and what was your favourite memory?

Avalon Primary, followed by Taita Intermediate 1968-1969. Have lots and lots of memories. Avalon Primary a Mrs G. was first teacher Primmer 1, a lovely young student teacher teaching me how to knit! The change to decimal currency, the use of Dry Ice in a school production lots of things. For a few months dad delivered the milk to Avalon Primary and making sure it wasn’t left in the sun.

Taita Intermediate, well, as I lived across the roundabout, when the storm that took the Wahine down struck, I was among the first group sent home. We watched as huge chunks of metal roofing was thrown around and ran between wind gusts. Swimming in the pool, the choirs, I sang in 2 of them, Mrs M (music teacher) she was lovely. Lots and lots of lessons and memories.


What is something that you learnt at Taita/Avalon Intermediate that has helped you throughout your life?

Keep your mind flexible, along with ‘Neat writing’! ‘Always write neatly! Children, untidy scruffy writing is an insult to the writer and the receiver’. By Mr S. He was correct, a neat well presented hand written cover letter, has got me more good employment than anything computer generated.


What is something you have achieved that you are really proud of?

Never thought I would travel the world, but I do. Never thought I would actually become a Scientist, but I have. Never thought I would ever teach, but I do.

So never say never! ( someone resuscitate my old teachers please).


What are your goals for the future?

Never stop learning! Currently looking at Commercial Law, the EU/EEA is currently a hotbed of discussion, formation and establishment of new ways of doing things.

Particularly as I watched when UK joined EU and NZ was left to ‘fend for itself’


What is your advice for Avalon Intermediate students about achieving their goals and the next stages in their learning journey?

Firstly be very, very proud of our country! NZ helped develop and expand Oceania and SE Asia, following the formation of EU., NZders took on ‘The Establishment’ and won! (Treaty of Waitangi) not many small countries can say that, your a part of a unique place in world events. Grab all the education you can get and work it!