Kia ora koutou It was wonderful to see so many of you at Kickstart earlier this month. It was an important opportunity to set a collective vision for the year ahead so I thought I’d use my blog to repeat some of the things we talked about in case you missed it. I mentioned during

Deborah (Tepora/Deb) Faaiuaso is the most vivid teacher I have never met. On Auckland Anniversary Monday I learned she had drowned tragically in one of the Kai Iwi Lakes.  I felt the news ripple across a huge community. The sorrow is still enormous. Around 1045 Tuesday 30th in our Wharenui I learned that she might

Kia ora koutou, Barely 24 hours after beginning this role I had flashbacks of teachers who changed my life. The one from Ngāti Toa, fluent in te reo with flashing eyes, who taught our standard four class as if a kura kaupapa, except when the inspectors came.  The HOD who saw me going off the