Victory Primary School
Senior Staff

Tēnā koe
Nō Whakatū ahau
Ko Robert Taylor tōku hoa tane
Ko Pīata rāua ko Māhina ā māua kotiro
He tūmuaki ahau ki te kura tuatahi o Wikitoria
Ko Helen Taylor-Young tōku ingoa.

My name is Helen Taylor-Young. I have been involved in education for the past 24 years in Christchurch. I have been most recently in leadership at Tuahiwi School, North Canterbury and working at the Ministry of Education.

I am so excited about working with the Victory Primary School team. I am privileged to be able to lead as principal. Please feel free to call in and see me, phone or email me at:

Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe e kore tō tātou waka
e ū ki uta.

Let us all row in unison so our waka will reach the shore.


Kia ora. Nō te uri o Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Ātiawa ahau. I tipu ake au ki Heretaunga. Nō te Tai Rāwhiti ahau. My name is Rachel Edwards, I am from the East Coast and grew up in Hastings. I have been teaching at Victory Primary School since 1997 and have taught English & Māori medium at all levels of the school. I am one of the Assistant Principals and lead Ngā Mana Kākano o te Wairepo, our bilingual unit.

Working at Victory Primary School is more than a job, it’s a huge part of my life, and I consider it to be my extended whānau. I have considerable experience in Māori Medium education and in 2011 was awarded a scholarship and attained my Poutāhu Whakaakoranga (postgraduate diploma) from Te Wānanga o Raukawa. My interests include yoga, walking, fashion and travelling.

Anei he whakatauki pai ki ahau:
‘Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngāhere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest.
The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world.
School Office Staff

Hello, my name is Paula and I am the newest person to join the administration team. This is the first time I have worked in a school so I am on a steep learning curve and definitely enjoying getting to know how the school runs.

It is a delight to see how many amazing children and staff are involved at the school and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Bilingual and ESOL Staff

My name is Mon Maya. I was born in Bhutan and I left in 1992 to go to Nepal.

I lived in Nepal for 18 years as a refugee. I went to school there for 7 years and learnt English, then I got married. I have 2 sons. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to come to New Zealand. I came here in 2011.

In Nelson I got the opportunity to go to school at the Adult ESOL class and am working at Victory Primary as a Bilingual Tutor and Liaison Worker. I help the Nepali children in class and assist with translating or relaying any school related issues or concerns.

Kia ora. Namaste.

My name is Sushma Subba. I am from Bhutan and stayed in Nepal for more than two decades as a refugee. I spent most of my life working in the schools in Nepal.

I love my language and culture very much and I think they are the identity of any society. I feel privileged to be a part of the staff at Victory Primary School.

I am looking forward to working with you all.

My Name is Ms. Zam, Deih Cin. They call me Theresa. I come from Myanmar/Burma and I am Zomi. Tedim is the Zomi language and is my mother tongue. I can speak Burmese and English. I am able to write in Burmese and English pretty well on the computer. If you need translating/Interpreting for Zomi and Burmese I am ready to help you.

I worked as Bilingual Liaison /Tutor at Nelson College, Nelson College for Girls and the Homework Academy Programme for Secondary Students last year. I also worked at Yikes International Nelson for kids. 

Kei kamin pen Lia. Zam, Deih Cin ka hi hi. Theresa hong ci zong om hi.

Kawlgam pan hong hong pai ka hi aa Zomi ka hi hi.

Tedium pau a ki ci Zomi te pau ka pau hi.

Kawlpau zong ka pau thei aa, Kawllai leh keimalai zong computer tawh hoih tak in ka at thei hi.

KAWLMI peuh mah leh ZOMI peuh mah te aa ding in Lailepna/Paulepna ding a ki sam na om uh leh Victory Primary Sang leh Nelson Intermediate Sang te ah a kigingsa in ka om hi.

Abeisa kum sung tengin sang tuamtuam te ah Bilingual a ki-ci Laihilh huh na ah zong ka sem ngei aa sangnaupang te Innlai bawl na ah zong laihilhhuh mah in ka sem ngei lai hi.

Kawlgam pan ka sepngeisa nasep tuamtuam te zong tampi tak septheih ding in ka hongpua lailai hi.

Teaching Staff

Kia ora. I am Victoria Richardson. I love being part of our exciting and dynamic school and feel very privileged to work with such a dedicated and highly skilled team of teachers.

I have had over ten years experience teaching both here in New Zealand and overseas. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and making the most of the excellent outdoor activities Nelson has to offer.

Kia ora, I’m Jane Lawson. I have been teaching at Victory Primary School for many years now in a variety of roles. This year I am working in the New Entrant syndicate. I really love teaching in such a positive school.

My husband, Craig and I have two gorgeous daughters, Isabella and Olivia. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in the outdoors or participating in some sort of sporting activity.

Victory Primary School, 214 Vanguard St, Nelson 7010, New Zealand. Phone: 035484779