The Professional Advisory Group work alongside the Ministerial Advisory Group to provide advice to the Minister and the Ministry of Education on the NCEA Review.
Roger retired recently from the position of Headmaster of Wellington College which he had held for nearly 23 years. During his time as Headmaster, he was a member of the Greater Wellington Secondary Schools Principals’ Association, on the executive of SPANZ and, for nine years, Chairman of the Association of Boys’ Schools of New Zealand. In 2001 Roger was awarded a Woolf Fisher Scholarship which enabled him to travel and research schools in the United States and England. In 2009 he was awarded an ONZM (for services to education), in 2015 he was chosen as Wellingtonian of the Year (in education), and in 2018 he was given an Absolutely Positively Wellington award by the Wellington City Council for services to the city.
Melanie Webber is a teacher at Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea and the PPTA Junior Vice President. Melanie has been in teaching for ten years, before which she worked in the media industry. Melanie is a member of the Secondary Qualifications Advisory Group and is a member of the NCEA Review Reference Group.
Deidre Shea is the Principal of Onehunga High School, and is a current member of the NCEA Review Reference Group. Student retention at Onehunga High School exceeds national averages and both NCEA Level 3 and UE attainment exceed averages for schools of a similar type. Māori student attainment of both NCEA Level 3 and UE is consistently above national averages. Deidre currently serves as the Vice President of SPANZ and is a member of ASSPA executive. Deidre was awarded sabbaticals in 2012 and 2016 to investigate models of mentoring, and effective teaching and learning environments respectively.
Helen Mora is currently Head of Science at Linwood College in East Christchurch, with over 20 years’ experience in teaching. She was the Ministry of Education’s Senior Subject Advisor, Biology for the South Island in 2007, and was Teaching and Learning Programme Manager at LENScience before starting at Linwood College in 2013. She is a current member of the BEANZ (the Biology Teachers’ Subject Association) executive.
Natalie Faitala is the HOD English at Wesley College. Natalie published her Masters research in 2013, which focused on the impact of English literacy requirements on Pasifika students making choices about subjects and tertiary study. Natalie is the convenor for PPTA Komiti Pasifika representative and a PPTA executive member. She is also a member of the STEM Taupulega panel for NZQA.
Ko Taupiri te Rua Koiwi o te Iwi Po
Ko Waikato te Iere whakaora tini
Ko Te Papaorotu me Waahi ooku Paataka Iringa Koorero
Ko Rangimarie Mahuta tenei
Descended from Taupiri Mountain in the heart of Waikato and the flowing waters of the mighty Waikato River, Rangimarie Mahuta is a mokopuna of Waikato. She is Deputy Principal of Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga in Huntly, a Year 1-13 composite full immersion school, and has taught at Rakaumanga in the primary and secondary sector for over 20 years.
Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga’s Level 2 and 3 attainment rates significantly exceed the average for Decile 1 schools. She sits on the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group and is passionate about the advancement of Tamariki Māori in Māori Medium Education pathways.
James Morris was nominated by, and chairs, the Secondary Principals’ Council. He is the Principal of Darfield High School, and is also a member of the Tomorrow’s Schools Advisory Panel. James has worked in education for 25 years in rural and urban schools across NZ. This includes five years as a Head of Department, five years as a Deputy Principal managing curriculum and assessment, and 10 years as a Principal. He has been involved in teaching, marking, and managing NCEA since its inception.
Louise Anaru is Principal at Flaxmere College – Te Kareti o Paharakeke and the Lead Principal of her local Community of Learning – Te Waka o Māramatanga Kāhui Ako. She affiliates to Ngāpuhi and Te Rawawa. Flaxmere College has made good progress to achieve higher levels of equity and increased excellence in outcomes, with nearly all Māori students now gaining Level 1 NCEA and most achieving Level 2 and 3. This year, Flaxmere College won the Supreme Award at the Prime Minister’s Excellence Awards. Louise has been actively involved in the National Aspiring Principals’ Programme and First-time Principals Programme, and is currently a Beginning Principal Mentor.
David is the Headmaster of Westlake Boys’ High School, and a signatory to the open letter from Auckland principals on NCEA. As Headmaster, David has led a focus on creating world class opportunities for students moving to tertiary education and developing strong pathways for those moving straight into the workforce. Westlake Boys’ High School has recently committed to offering NCEA as their sole senior secondary assessment system, and has recently undergone a full curriculum review. NCEA achievement levels at Westlake Boys’ High School are high, and their students receive a large number of New Zealand Scholarship Awards every year. David is the current chair of the Association of Boys’ Schools of New Zealand.
Campbell Dewes is a foundation parent, teacher and now Tumuaki of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, in Wharekahika, Ngāti Porou. He is of Ngāti Porou and Te Arawa descent. Campbell has been a Principal since 2006 and is a strong advocate for Kura Kaupapa Māori Te Aho Matua.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti annually exceeds the national and Tairāwhiti region averages for achievement by Māori students in NCEA levels 1,2,3 and UE qualifications.