Ko Titirangi te Maunga
Ko Waitemata te Moana
Ko Kerehana te Iwi
Ko Te Whanau o Awatere te Hapu
E nga mana e nga waka e nga karangaranga maha
Tena koutou katoa
Ko Te Whetumatarau toku Maunga
Ko Waiapu toku Awa
Ko Horouta toku Waka
Ko Hinerupe ko Potaka oku Marae
Ko Ngati Porou toku Iwi
Ko Ngahiwi Walker toku ingoa
I was born in Kawerau and educated at Te Aute College. I spent 22 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy and now the Director of the KBHS Services Academy.
Since taking up the Dean position this year it has already been a journey of mainly ups and some downs. I have a different approach that you may not be used to, from previous Deans. I have immense aroha for all of our Maori students but my ‘bite’ is definitely worse than my ‘bark’. I have a no nonsense approach and will confront boys on any issue that is brought to my attention, both good and not so good (as some of our whanau have already found out). There has been a big shift, with regards to the academic achievement. The facts and figures are hard to ignore and show most of our whanau underachieving.
To help raise these levels for our whanau we already have initiatives and plans in place. We are taking a holistic/hauora approach to our whanau and their time here at school:
Taha Wairua-Who am I? Why am I here?
Taha Tinana-Being active releases hormones that make us feel good
Taha Hinengaro-Tell yourself the truth. Be positive
Taha Whanau –Stay connected and look after each other
We now have a new hapu (subtribe) here at Kelston Boys. The name of our hapu is, ‘Te Whanau o Awatere’, or the Family of the Fast/Strong Flowing River. A river that has momentum is virtually unstoppable. It can move mountains and carve out its own path but, only if remains strong and flows together.
I felt that this was important for our hapu to have their own identity in a school where the predominant culture is Pasifika.
We have an awesome team of teachers here at Kelston that are going to help get and keep our students on track.
As always, YOU remain the most important part in the boys education and with the collective efforts of us all, this will be a successful year for our whanau. No reira ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa he aha kia kaha ki te tautokohia i a tatou nei rangatahi e whai ake nei i te matauranga