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.


Maree Lucas


Jennie Manson
Years 1-2

My Story

I am very excited about 2018 and becoming part of the fabulous Omihi School and community, as I have heard many wonderful stories about you all.

For the past 6 years I have been living in Pegasus with my husband Sam and our children Lachlan and Isla, and we are enjoying all that North Canterbury has to offer, from swimming at the Ashley Gorge to hiking Mount Grey.

I have been privileged to teach part-time at our local schools, Tuahiwi School, Kaiapoi Borough School and Waikuku School (before it relocated to Pegasus). Before I had children I was teaching on the hill at Mount Pleasant School and at Mount Aspiring College when we lived in Lake Wanaka.

As a junior teacher I aim to inspire your children to love learning, and grow as an individual who is mindful of others. Our classroom focus is on Play-based learning through which the children can experience a wide range of activities that connect to the classroom programme and create individualised programmes to cater for all of their needs. My door is always open and I welcome your fantastic ideas, thoughts or concerns, and especially welcome any handy helpers.


Katherine Hanna
Years 6-8

My Story

This year I am looking forward to being the senior teacher at Omihi School.

I have taught in North Canterbury for the last 15 years, with 10 years experience as a Yr 7 / 8 teacher. I spent 2017 as a reliever teacher which provided me with the chance to meet some great teachers and work in some fantastic local schools. This experience has really inspired me to get back into my own classroom.

In 2006 I spent a year doing my OE in the UK. During this time I enjoyed travelling and learning how to make the most of living in London. Working as a teacher over there also gave me a huge appreciation of the flexibility of the NZ education system. Although I remember this time fondly I was very happy to return home to North Canterbury. I enjoy making the most of the beautiful environment we are surrounded by. I am currently in training for the school Bike Ride in March and hope to see many of you out there.


Kathy Menzie
Kaiako/ORRS Teacher and Years 3-5

My Story

I am excited to be to be working at Omihi School in the roles of ORRS teacher and Learning Support.

I grew up in Canterbury and left to travel in my mid 20’s, eventually returning home with a Danish husband! We settled in Hawke’s Bay where our three children were born. They are now in their late teens and following their own dreams.

We were drawn back to Canterbury in 2011 to be closer to family. We are lucky enough to be living at Amberley Beach with a sea view which we all adore.

Outside of teaching and family, horses is my greatest passion. I appreciate that I have time and space for these amazing animals to be in my life.

2018 feels like an exciting year, filled with possibilities.


Jane Croft
Kaiako/Teacher Years 3-5 and
Specialist Art 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.