Meet the team

The School maintains high standards as a Swimming New Zealand Quality Swim School. Our Instructors are well trained in our Initial Teacher Training  Programme,  and receive ongoing professional development to maintain these high standards. This training compliments the Swimming Teaching Industry Qualifications.

Our Teacher Education Programme led to NZSCTA awarding both Margaret (1996) and Marian (2007) New Zealand Swim Teacher of the Year awards.  In 2014 AUSTSWIM (NZ) awarded Tracey Swim Teacher of the Year for Infant and Preschool Aquatics, and Samantha for Swim Teacher of the Year for Swimming and Water Safety.

Margaret Howes - Director, Mairangi Swim School

Margaret Howes

As a competitive swimmer, Margaret Howes was one of New Zealand’s elite. She held numerous New Zealand and Australian records and is a Commonwealth Games Medalist.

Margaret’s passion for swimming and the desire for others to share her love of the water led her to a career in swimming teaching. She holds a New Zealand Teaching Certificate and the Advanced New Zealand Teaching Certificate. Margaret is also a Swimming New Zealand-appointed evidence gatherer for the Assistant Swim Teachers Award (ASTA).

In 1996 Margaret was awarded Swim Teacher of the Year, and in 1999 was awarded the Nan Nevin Memorial Trophy for Services to Swim Teaching in New Zealand. In 2001 she was appointed a Master Teacher by NZSCAT — one of only six in New Zealand.

Margaret was recognised at 2009 NZSCAT conference as the only swimming teacher in New Zealand to have more than one former pupil represent New Zealand on the 2008 Olympic Games Swimming team in addition to other former pupils who have represented NZ in other sports such as Rowing, Kayaking and Triathlon.

Margaret is most proud that the Swim School has taught many thousands of local children how to swim well. She values this as her greatest achievement.



Tanya Mills - Administration Manager

Tanya joined Mairangi Swim School in 2003, teaching babies and preschoolers as well as working in the office.  In 2006, she became the Swim Schools Administration Manager, bringing a wealth of practical knowledge to the position.

Born and bred on the North Shore, Tanya has always enjoyed sport and the outdoors. Having passed her love of sport on to her two daughters, she spends most weekends supporting them in their sports.



Linda Howes - Staff Training Development Manager / Teacher 

linda_swimming_teacherTeaching swimming alongside her other professions, initially a PE teacher, and later as a recruitment consultant, Linda has been involved in all aspects of the sport of swimming.

One of the daughters of Margaret and Noel Howes, founders of the Mairangi Swim School, Linda competed for many years and held a national age group title.  She has coached, was club captain at the North Shore Swimming Club and has been involved in the administration of the sport both at regional and national levels.

Linda began teaching at the swim school in 1990, and has over 15 years’ swimming teaching experience both in NZ and England.  She holds a Diploma in Swimming Teaching and a Level One Coaching certificate.

She holds a Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration


Lynn Anderson - Teacher

An experienced swim teacher from South Africa, Lynn joined our team in 2017. Along with several years' swim teaching and coaching experience, Lynn has a strong background in competitive swimming, and has over 9 years' experience working in with pre-school and school aged children in South Africa and New Zealand.
As a mother herself, children are reassured by Lynn's gentle  and nurturing  manner, and motivated by her task focused approach. Lynn enjoys helping the swimmers to achieve their goals and develop new skills.
When not working you can find Lynn playing football as she plays in the women's elite league.



Anita Slattery - Reception

anita_receptionHaving two water babies (now not so small), and a husband who was a lifeguard at North Piha, it was a priority for Anita’s children to learn to swim from an early age at the Mairangi Swim School. Her youngest went on the swim for the North Shore Swimming Club and Anita supported the club by becoming a qualified timekeeper.
Both children and her husband remain involved in Surf Life Saving and Anita continues to be a supportive wife and mother —packing the chilly bin and searching for the goggles and towels when the children (and husband) can’t find them!

Anita joined the Mairangi Swim School team in 2005 and most days can be found overseeing the office duties


Marian Leef - Teacher and Reception

Marian_swimming_teacherMarian has taught at the Mairangi Swim School since 1993. Her expertise as a teacher was recognised by our national association NZSCAT (Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand) in 2007 with the New Zealand Swim Teacher of the Year Award.

Marian’s interest in swimming teaching began as a 14 year old helping her father to teach children to swim, and from her experience as a competitive swimmer.  Marian is qualified to teach swimming to all age groups and abilities, and her specialty lies in teaching the Baby and Toddler, Preschooler and School age ranges.

Now that her two children are grown up, Marian enjoys spending much of her spare time enjoying various leisure pursuits.



Kate Bodger - Teacher

Kate's positive approach to life and her bright personality spill over into her teaching, lifting and motivating even the most tired (sometimes unwilling) swimmer to join her in a happy place of learning. Smiles are evident on the children's faces as she guides the children along the learn to swim journey.
Kate joined our team in 2017, and teaches Pre-school and School aged children. Kate learnt to swim as a youngster and played water polo through her Intermediate and Secondary School years. Currently, Kate is a student at Auckland University.



Clowance (Clow) Bartlett-Cox - Teacher

imagejpeg ClowanceClow is a former competitive swimmer; she trained at the North Shore Swim Club for 7 years and competed at a national level (both open and age group) and also represented New Zealand. She was a Breaststroke specialist, and also very handy at other strokes.  Clow joined our team in 2014 and is teaching school and Kindy aged swimmers.

Outside of Swim Teaching you may see Clow out walking or running as she enjoys keeping fit. Clow is currently studying, and when completed she would like to work in the hospitality industry.



Wendy Lowton - Teacher

MSS - Wendy pre-school classesWendy has always enjoyed working with children, and loves teaching them how to swim.  She believes it is very important for them to learn to swim and tries to make her lessons fun and engaging. 

She enjoys seeing the constant improvement in the children’s skill and ability.

Wendy originally trained as an Early Childhood Educator in England where she was a nanny before arriving in New Zealand in 1991. She continued to work as a nanny before working at several Daycare Centres (one as supervisor) on the North Shore.

Wendy joined our team in 2006 and teaches babies, preschool and school aged children.



Lauren Saunders - Teacher

LaurenLauren loved the water from a young age. She grew up in Wellington and enjoyed swimming and playing water polo in her spare time. Originally Lauren trained as an IT specialist but took a break from her career to raise three children and train as a swim teacher. All of Lauren's children have learnt to swim at Mairangi Swim School with her son now swimming competitively at North Shore Swimming Club.

Lauren especially loves teaching our baby and pre-school classes, helping young children overcome any fears they may have by creating fun, playful lessons.


Samantha Teo - Teacher

MSS - Samantha Teo swim teachingIn 2014 Samantha was awarded Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety of the Year by AUSTSWIM (NZ). Samantha joined Mairangi Swim School in 2011 with one year's experience. She offers School Age and Preschool classes. Samantha swam competitively for North Shore Swimming Club and particularly enjoys using her knowledge to refine stroke techniques and swimming skill level with our advanced swimmers. Outside of swimming, Samantha enjoys Karate and has taught Karate to children as well.

Having finished her Undergraduate Degree, Samantha is currently studying to be an Early Childhood Educator.


Shellee Armstrong - Reception

ShelleeShellee joined our Office Staff in March 2013.  Shellee is a real 'people person' and loves small children, so working at the Swim School is a perfect role for her.  She lives in the Bays with her husband and 2 daughters'.

Reception Shellee has a background in Foreign Exchange and reception work, however for the 10 year's prior to joining us she was a full time Mum.  Now that her children are at school, Shellee has rejoined the workforce. Both daughters' have attended the Mairangi Swim School from the time they were babies, the eldest now swims at the North Shore Swim Club.



Philippa McCann - Teacher

 PhilippaPhilippa learnt to swim as a four year old and swam competitively and played waterpolo through her teens. Philippa competed at a national age group level and specialised in Breaststroke. Philippa wants to help children learn to swim so that they can enjoy the water as much as she did growing up. Philippa joined us in 2014 and teaches Babies, Kindy, School Aged and Adult Classes.

Philippa has a son, and before he was born she was completing her Bachelor of Leisure Studies and worked for 11 years' in the Travel and Tourism industry and as a Customer Services Manager both in NZ and in the UK.


“We have found that Mairangi Swim School coaches are friendly, and extremely patient with the kids learning process, they have a flexible schedule and always have a professional approach. The pool is maintained constantly and the receptionists are warm and welcoming.  We are so grateful to find Mairangi Swim School in the first place. Keep up the good work!”

T & S Rubianto
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We are a family-centred business, and we are committed to providing a top quality programme delivered by top quality swimming teachers.  We want you to love swimming as much as we do!

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09 478 6153

6d Ascension Place,
Mairangi Bay
New Zealand