The first person you’re likely to meet when you arrive at Shotover is Lisa Cooke, our Front Line Extraordinaire. She is joined in the office by Trineka Newton (Executive Officer/PA), Jackie Rule (Finance Wizard) and David White (Building & Grounds Keeper). 



Hi, my name is Lisa Cooke. I moved to Queenstown from Methven in mid-Canterbury in January 2017 with my husband Stu, sons Ethan (19) and Reilly (18), and Cookie the dog.

In Methven, I worked for nearly six years at Mount Hutt College, and before that I worked in the Acute Medical Assessment Unit attached to the Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital and DB Breweries.

I am super excited to be working at Shotover Primary School. We love the amazing outdoors and have been enjoying all that Queenstown has to offer.  

Haley Passmore - administrative wizard


Hi, I’m Haley. As Administrative Whizz, I am here to keep our school humming. I ensure that our technology is operating smoothly, manage our social media accounts and take care of all things administrative. I bring strong communicative and advisory skills to the school from nearly a decade of work experience in Central and Local Government, including the Ministry of Education. 

Originally from Montana, I have lived in New Zealand for 11 years. My husband and I moved to Queenstown from Auckland two years ago and we are loving the change of scenery. You might see me walking my big, black Labrador, Max around the local area - please say hello, we are both very friendly!