Zara McIndoe



Kia Ora Koutou

Being Principal at Ōtūmoetai Primary School is both an honour and a privilege. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the team at Ōtūmoetai Primary School and I am fortunate to be able to share my time at work with enthusiastic children, dedicated staff, friendly families, a supportive BOT and PTA and a fantastic learning community.

My teaching and leadership experience spans over 30 years in a range of schools in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

When free time avails me, I enjoy socialising with my friends and family, reading, travelling, gardening and shopping. 

I look forward to meeting you all.

Ngā mihi nui


Marcus Hughes

Tumuaki Tuarua/Deputy Principal - Senior School

Kia ora koutou katoa 

I am the Senior School Deputy Principal and am responsible for the Weka and Kea teams. I am also responsible for Schoolwide Administration, Pastoral Care, Property, and International Students

I was previously the Weka Team Leader here at OPS, and have taught at Ōtūmoetai Intermediate, and in private and state schools across all ages in London.

I enjoy all curriculum subjects and have a strong belief that literacy and mathematics need to be taught well, and are embedded effectively into other curriculum areas.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife, three children, and dog. PE is a huge passion of mine and I enjoy playing and coaching rugby, touch, golf, and surfing in my spare time. 

Ngā mihi nui

Marcus Hughes

Jill Miller

Tumuaki Tuarua/Deputy Principal - Junior School


Kia ora

I am the point of contact for the Tui and Ruru teams.

I am responsible for school Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Sport and the PB4L programme (Positive Behaviour for Learning)

A positive transition to school is important. I encourage families to make an appointment to look around our school prior to enrolling their child. 

In my spare time, I am a volunteer Lifeguard at the Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club and participate in Masters competitions. 

Ngā mihi nui