Hi, my name is Carol Vaha’akolo.
I am of Tongan and Maori descent. ‘Family’ is what matters most to me.
Otara has always been a place that I call home. Being raised in Otara has enabled me to know who I am and where I come from. To continue a family legacy of giving back to the community is such an honour.
I am so thankful to be a part of an amazing team at Rongomai School. I LOVE my job.
Like many people, my goal this year is to be a Champion to my students!!
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson
Ko Pirongia te maunga
Ko Waipa me Waikato nga awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngati Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Ngati Urunumia me Ngati Haua nga hapu
Ko Te Kotahitanga me Te Hokingamai ki te Nehenehenui nga marae
Ko Soane Vaha’akolo ráua ko Tuhimareikura Ofa Tonga óku Túpuna
Ko Petera Vaha’akolo tóku pápá
Ki te taha o toku kóká
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Uawa te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
Ko Ngati Hau te hapu
Ko Te Amowhiu te marae
Ko Tipi Tamarangi Nukunuku ráua ko Ria TeOiroa Gillman óku Túpuna
Ko Rina-lee Nukunuku tóku kóká
Ko Carol Tuhimareikura TeOiroa Vaha’akolo tóku ingoa
No reira téná tatou katoa.