Zara McIndoe

Dip Tchg, B.Ed, Post Grad Diploma of Educational Leadership


Kia Ora Koutou. I am delighted to be the new Principal at Ōtūmoetai Primary this year and I am really looking forward to the year ahead. 

My teaching and leadership experience spans over 28 years in a range of schools including 9 years as Deputy Principal and SENCo at Ōtūmoetai Primary.

Te Maia, my 24 year old son, lives in Hamilton.  I have many other extended family members and friends here in Tauranga. When free time avails me, I enjoy catching up with friends and family, travelling, shopping and socialising.  

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 and a fantastic learning community.

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 was previously the Weka Team Leader here at OPS, and have taught at Otumoetai 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, two pre-school aged children, and dog!

Ngā mihi

Marcus Hughes

Jill Miller

Deputy Principal - Junior School

I am the Deputy Principal for the Junior School which includes the Tui, Kiwi and Pukeko Teams.
As well as overseeing the Year 0 - 3 area of the school, I am also involved in the PB4L programme and Sport at Otumoetai.
A positive transition to school is very important for all students so I encourage families to make an appointment to look around the school prior to enrolling.
I look forward to meeting you and ensuring your child has a positive experience at school.