Paretakaka has over 30 years teaching experience. She is a registered primary school teacher and her previous roles include Scale A teacher, Senior Teacher, Resource Teacher Māori, Team Leader, relief teacher and SPELD Tutor.
She has worked in mainstream, bilingual, immersion, catholic, and iwi schools. Paretakaka has a friendly, non-threatening demeanour and outgoing nature.
She is a fluent speaker of Māori and along with her knowledge of cultural nuances she has good insight into the best approaches for engaging with whānau. Her skill sets are well matched for the Huntly West community where the majority of Moko Club families are of Māori descent. Paretakaka is passionate about encouraging children to feel excited about exploring, playing and learning. Her strength is in fostering positive relationships with whānau, teachers, fellow staff and community.