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Welcome to Piopio, A Thriving Village Nestled Between The
World Famous Waitomo Caves and The Rugged Taranaki Coast


Message from Pat Poland Relieving Primary Principal

Kia ora koutou.

My name is Pat Poland; I have the privilege and pleasure of being
the Acting Principal at Piopio Primary School for term 3. My
predecessor, Scott Lincoln, and his team have done an excellent
job at Piopio Primary School. Standards are high, the children are
happy and positive, and the staff are committed and passionate
about learning and their students.

I have been a Principal for three decades with my last permanent
position being at Deanwell School in Hamilton for sixteen
years. My role at Piopio Primary School is not to lead the school
into the future, it is simply to manage the school until the new
Principal takes over in term 4.

My focus will be on ensuring the children are happy, safe, and
are learning; and to provide an environment in which teachers can

I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming weeks.

Ngā mihi,
Pat Poland
Acting Principal