Mr M’s Bio

Greetings to all the families and friends of Western Heights school.

I am truly excited at the prospect of joining your school and community.

I fully understand what a great privilege and opportunity this is for me and my family.


My wife Jacqualene has been Principal of Richmond school for the past five years. She has outstanding skills and talents in administration, curriculum design and integration of ICT into the teaching and learning programme.

My son Tiaki is a bright boy, very keen on technology, a bit of a musician, and a very talented footballer and softballer. Tiaki was the youngest footballer to make it into the National Talent Centre, and was MVP at the South Island Softball Champs last season.

I also have two adult children and two grandchildren - all in Australia.

Western Heights school is a wonderful school, staffed with exceptional teachers and support staff; led by an outstanding Board; and supported by an enthusiastic and committed parent community.

It is really obvious to me that the foundations are all in place for us to be able to take Western Heights forward to new levels of innovation and excellence.

I feel privileged to be chosen by your Board to lead your school forward. My CV was in the main a summary of the final Education Review Office report for each of the schools I led. My record in this respect has been one of consistent excellence of achievement, leadership and innovation. I have always set high standards, maintained high expectations and worked very hard to ensure success - I promise you that will continue in my time at Western Heights.


I began teaching aged 19, some 35 years ago, and begin my 20th year as a principal at this wonderful school in 2014.

Principal of Tareha School                              - Napier 2 years

Deputy Principal Prospect School                  - west Auckland 7 years

Principal Pomaria School                               - west Auckland 6 years

Principal Te Akau ki Papamoa School           - Bay of Plenty 3 years

Principal Kaiapoi Borough School                 - Canterbury 8 years

President of Waitakere Area Principals Association 2003 - 92 schools 

Apple Distinguished Educator Award - 2009. Sponsored to Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, USA.

Secretary Auckland Computers in Education Society

Primary Principals’ Representative - Primary Sector Education Advisory Committee

Waitakere City Council - Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education, 2003.

Presenter at UNESCO Conference on Values in Education, 2002.

Guest speaker - International Principal's Federation Conference, Auckland 2002.

Ministry contracted trainer - Implementation of New National Administration Guidelines

First Time Principals’ Mentor for Ministry of Education in Auckland and Christchurch.

Mentored new principals of four Canterbury schools.

University of Canterbury School Curriculum Development Facilitator - e- Learning, ICT in 2011 and 2012. Worked with 70 schools.

Personal Achievements

Sportsman of Year - Christchurch College of Education 1978 

Canterbury Colts Softball representative

National League football with Woolston FC

Waimakariri Football Club Junior Coach of the Year - 2011, 2012, 2013


I believe passionately in all learners becoming independent.

My Vision has always been of “Growing Great Kids” who are self managing, self motivating, self moderating, independent leaders of their own learning.

This has been achieved through “Dream. Grow. Shine. Reflect.” 

     Children choose appropriate goals. 

     They develop an effective action plan to achieve those goals. 

     They identify success criteria - what we can expect to see when success is achieved. 

     They reflect on their goals, their plan and their outcomes and make decisions in light of this.

We know that positive relationships are the key to success, not just in learning but in all aspects of life. Positive relationships are built on trust, honesty, respect, and genuine concern, and nurtured through active listening and time spent together.

Whanau (Family) Relationships are the basis for all I do and the way I teach, coach and lead. For this reason, I set great store in being open to and available to children, staff and community.

As examples of this, we now have a presence on Facebook, a Twitter account, a revamped web site, an Open Door policy for access to me, and my personal email and cell phone number available to you all.

I know that’s a lot to share, but sharing is important to relationship building. Before I started at Western Heights I visited the senior children at camp, and met with and interviewed all of the staff individually. 

My door is open, my cell phone switched on ans email launched - feel free to contact me any time.

School phone 836 1213    -    Principal’s mobile 021 779 009    -    Absences mobile 021 040 2125