Evelyn Aurik | Associate Principal

Evelyn Aurik

Evelyn Aurik

Evelyn Aurik desires the absolute best for the people around her. She is excited about education and enjoys researching ideas and finding out ways to improve what we do.

Evelyn has come from Myross Bush School where she was Deputy Principal and team leader of the Junior Syndicate. She team-taught four days per week in the new entrant class and was released for one day a week for leadership.

She is married to Robert and has three adult children of whom she is very proud. Family is important to Evelyn and she treasures every moment with them. Evelyn enjoy biking, caravanning and gardening. She is ready for an adventure and enjoying living and working in Queenstown and becoming a part of the community.

To be effective, she believes that it is important to build positive and trusting relationships, and she is always excited to meet Shotover's whānau.  

Claire Buist | Associate Principal

Claire Buist

Claire Buist

Claire Buist joins us from St Clair school in Dunedin where she was Associate Principal and Team Leader of the years 5 and 6 team. Claire brings a wealth of experience to Shotover Primary School. She is a teacher and leader who leads by example - setting the example in the classroom of what brilliant practice looks like.

Claire is passionate about the use of digital tools within classroom programmes that promote student learning. It’s about the right tool for the task and using it and its potential to transform the nature of teaching and learning. In 2013, Claire was one of only five New Zealand teachers inducted into the CORE Education eFellowship, which acknowledged her leadership in the use of electronic tools and which allowed her to undertake further study in this area.

Claire brings her extensive and successful experience to the senior leadership mix as we mould the culture and curriculum of Shotover Primary School.

Muireann Carr | Associate Principal


I began my teaching career in Ireland before leaving home to seek new experiences and adventures around the world. My travels took me to Queenstown, where I have lived for eight years and which I now call my home away from home. I am very proud of my Irish heritage and have a huge family at home. When I am not working I love to take advantage of the wealth of adventure that Queenstown offers by snowboarding, hiking and biking.

I feel extremely lucky to have begun my New Zealand learning journey at Queenstown Primary School where I developed my knowledge of the curriculum and an understanding of 21st century learners. I am tremendously excited about the next step of my journey at Shotover Primary School and to developing positive and caring relationships with all the community. I hope to bring my passion for creativity to the modern learning environment at Shotover Primary School and I look forward to guiding the children towards becoming life-long and productive learners.

Milly Hellyer | Associate Principal

I am thrilled to be part of the Shotover team and to be working in such an exciting space.
I grew up in Dunedin where I completed my schooling and tertiary education. My family and I moved to Queenstown at the beginning of 2016. Both of our sons attend Shotover Primary.

Every child deserves the chance to succeed and to become an independent lifelong learner. I am passionate about developing meaningful relationships with the children and their whānau. I bring to the classroom an element of challenge that helps drive the children to succeed. My aim is to develop life-long learners who are inquisitive and strive to achieve their personal best.

My family likes to get outdoors. We enjoying camping and mountain biking together. I enjoy reading, anything crafty and running, and am looking forward to exploring Queenstown and its beauty.