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 29 years in a range of schools including 9 years as Deputy Principal and SENCo here at Ōtūmoetai Primary.

I have many family members and friends here in Tauranga.  Te Maia, my 25 year old son, lives in Hamilton.  When free time avails me, I enjoy catching up with friends and family, travelling, gardening, shopping and socialising.  

I look forward to meeting you all.

Ngā mihi nui


Marcus Hughes

Deputy Principal - Senior School

Kia ora

I am the Senior School Deputy Principal and am responsible for the Weka and Kea teams. I also responsible for the whole school Pastoral Care and Administration, and I am the International Student Coordinator.

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

Ngā mihi nui

Marcus Hughes

Jill Miller

Deputy Principal - Junior School


Kia ora

I am the Junior School Deputy Principal and am responsible for the Tui and Ruru teams. I am also responsible for the whole school Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, and I am the Teacher Responsible for Sport and the PB4L programme (Positive Behaviour for Learning) This year, I am also teaching two Reading Recovery students. 

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

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

Ngā mihi nui