I am in the privileged position of being Principal at Kereru Park Campus. I am a very passionate educator educationalist and have been in the profession for over 25 years. During this time I have taught in a variety of schools in the Primary sector, ranging from junior to senior classes as well as in bilingual and total immersion Maori units. I have also held senior management positions as a Deputy Principal in a number of schools.
I have also taught in a number of schools overseas; London, England for seven years, South Korea and Thailand. This experience made me appreciate home even more and also highlighted what an excellent education system we have in Aotearoa.

As a life long learner I am still involved in study. I have completed my postgraduate diploma in Educational Leadership and Management and have just completed my Te Ara Reo Level 5 Diploma in Te Reo Maori. I have also completed my first year of Bachelor in Maori Performing Arts which is a three year course. I encourage everyone to continue their learning journeys and look at avenues that will increase your knowledge base and opportunities for employment in the future.

I have a beautiful Whanau. My Wife Tania is currently studying for a Bachelors Degree in Teaching Kura Kaupapa Maori at Te Wananga o Takiura in Royal Oak and starts her final year in 2017. We have a young son Nathan who starts year 3 in Te Mahuri and our beautiful daughter Te Aroha who begins her Year 2 year in Te Mahuri this year.

Ko Pouerua te Maunga
Ko Tarakeha te Maunga
Ko Waitangi te Awa
Ko Moetangi te Awa
Ko Owharaiti te Roto
Ko Tumoana te Whare Tupuna
Ko Oromahoe te Marae
Ko Mamari te Waka
Ko Ngati Kawa te Whare Tupuna
Ko Hoko Keha te Hapu
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Te Rarawa te Iwi
Ko Ngati Kawa te Hapu
Ko Dorothea Penney toku Whaea
Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi
Ko Rahiri Ihimaera toku Matua