Our Staff

Feel free to contact us via email, call us, or pop in and see us.  We are always happy to make a time to discuss your child's learning or to talk to you about joining our Omihi community.


Jo Richards
Junior Teacher
Years 1-4

My Story

I’m the junior teacher and joined the wonderful Omihi School community at the start of 2016. I’m originally from Ashburton and moved to Blenheim during my intermediate years. After spending ten years working in the mines in Western Australia, my partner Brent and I longed to move back to NZ to raise a family and decided North Canterbury was the place to be.

Twelve years have quickly flown by, being filled with babies, postgraduate study and getting to know the amazing people who live in our community. Brent and I live on a vineyard in Waipara, with our beautiful boys, Arlo, Austin and Wills. I graduated from Canterbury University in 2013 with a postgraduate diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) and moonlighted as a relief teacher for 2 ½ years at Amberley, Broomfield, Leithfield and Omihi schools, teaching new entrants to Year 8 children, before taking up the position of Principals Release in the Junior Class. When I’m not at school, you’ll find me playing mid-week netball, driving my boys to various sporting events or playing sous chef to my budding “Master Chef’s” at home.

I feel very blessed to teach the gorgeous and creative junior children, they all love to learn and show empathy to each other. We may be small at Omihi but we have a passion to learn and I love that as teachers we are supporting and guiding the children to become confident, inquisitive and independent learners who strive for excellence and success.


Jaz Lotz
Senior Teacher
Years 5-8

My Story

My name is Jaz and I'm the senior room teacher at Omihi school.

Growing up in the UK, my family of five decided to move over to New Zealand when I was eleven and chose little old Amberley to live of all places. I quickly fell in love with the sense of community that townships throughout North Canterbury held and although I attended St Andrews College in town I loved and still love living rurally.

I knew from a young age that teaching was always my dream job so attending and graduating from the University of Canterbury and receiving my first job in a small local school was a dream come true. This is my second year of teaching and I love spending each week day with my second family.

When I am not at school I enjoy exploring new places and I love to travel.


Jane Croft
ORRS Teacher

My Story

I work at Omihi school as an ORRS funded teacher once a week and sometimes relief teach in the classrooms.

I also work at Broomfield School in a job share situation in the new entrants class.

I have 3 children at Omihi. Evie, Max and Monty get picked up from our door step every morning and love going to school to see their friends and amazing teachers.

We live on a sheep and beef farm in Omihi and my husband Leighton is on the BOT.

Our family is involved in the Glenmark rugby club, various committees and the Omihi tennis club.

We love our community and the amazing people in it.


Treen Nicholls
Teaching Assistant treen@omihi.school.nz

My Story

I live on a farm in Greta Valley with my husband Dave.

I have lived in North Canterbury most of my life, attending Greta Valley and Waipara Schools. I have two daughters and a son who all went Greta Valley School. They are all in their 20s now.

I really enjoy playing netball and tennis. I also spend a lot of time reading. I have been Angus' Teacher Aide for over 5 years and the school cleaner for 4 years.


Ruth Lowry

My Story

My husband Mark and I farm sheep and beef in the beautiful Omihi area. I am the Board Secretary and also the Administrator at Omihi School.

We have three children, Skye, Angus and Allie who have all attended Omihi School from Year 1-8. Our children have loved the family atmosphere and country setting of Omihi School.


Sue Parish
Bus Driver

My Story

I have been a local for over 40 years and am the Omihi School bus driver. The children affectionately call me 'Mrs P'.

I have been driving the school bus for nearly 35 years and every day is different.

There are the children of children that I took 30 years ago, it's great to see the generations come and go.

I find the new entrants quite delightful - they are happy and eager to tell me about school and what they did at the weekend. I enjoy the children and to see them grow and hope to continue driving for a little while yet.