Principal’s Welcome

Kia ora koutou- hi everyone.

I have been the Principal at Papanui Primary School since April 2002. I love coming to work and it is a privilege to work with great staff and trustees as well as the wonderful children and their families.

At Papanui, as well as teaching the foundation skills of numeracy and literacy, I want the school to help grow ‘good people’ who are respectful and caring and who will contribute positively and willingly, now and in the future.

Schools are mainly about relationships and learning. Both of these are complex activities so from time to time there may be instances when things go wrong. Communication is the key to maintaining healthy relationships and promoting success in learning. I am available via the phone, email and face-to-face.

As Principal I am committed to providing a safe and stimulating environment where children can experience success, and we can support parents in their role as their children’s first and most important teachers.


I have been a teacher, deputy principal and principal. I started teaching in 1980 in Kaikohe, and subsequently worked in schools in Taupo, Otaki, Duvauchelle and Christchurch.

Over the course of my career I have undertaken extra personal study to improve my knowledge and skill, gaining Higher and Advanced Diplomas in Teaching, a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, and a Diploma in Educational Management.

However, it is my teaching experience at a range of levels and in a variety of schools alongside some excellent colleagues that has influenced me the most.


I am married to Kathleen and have two adult children, Sam and Sophie. I am Poppa to Tyler, Yolanda, Marley, Sadie and Ben who arrived in 2021.

My recreational pursuits have evolved over time. I am a happily retired coach, manager and referee of football, rugby, netball … so now I can enjoy reading, the outdoors and road cycling.

Kia kaha te menemene – keep smiling

Paul Kingston