2019 Common Election results

For 7 parent representatives

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Successful representatives
Hana Adams
Gary Neil Bramley
Dagmar Dyck
Judith Feleti
Carlin Shaw
Tania Aroha Rochelle Tarawa
Stan Whata

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Dr Hana Adams, Dr Gary Neil Bramley, Ms Dagmar Dyck, Judith Feleti, Mr Carlin Shaw, Ms Tania Aroha Rochelle Tarawa and Mr Stan Whata.

Shahed Abu jwaied
Ngatangiwaiatahuri Afemata
Helen Emele Alai-Stowers
Margaret Cotter
Marie Holo
Winnie Maeataanoa
Invalid Votes: 0

Meet your representatives

Hana Adams

My name is Hana Adams, and I am standing for the Auckland Girls’ Grammar School Board. My daughter, Mackenzie, is in Year 11 at AGGS and I also have a son, Jackson, who is in Year 7 at Mt Roskill Intermediate.

I currently work at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland as post-doctoral research fellow. I also lecture in the Faculty of Education & Social Work in initial teacher education and postgraduate education. Before completing my PhD, I was a secondary school teacher and taught science and food technology for 12 years.

The skills and experience that I could offer as a board member include: • An in-depth knowledge of schools and the wider education system, including legislation, policy, and assessment. • Ensuring that AGGS meets its obligations to students, whānau, hapū, and iwi through the Education Act and the Treaty of Waitangi. • Extensive school-based research experience focussed on the factors that contribute to academic student success.

If I am elected on the Board, I will ensure that there is a strong focus on improving the participation and educational outcomes of all students, but in particular, Māori students, Pasifika students, and other priority learners whose needs are currently not well-served by the NZ education system.


Gary Neil Bramley

Ko Emiemie raua ko Torohanga nga maunga, Ko Pupuke raua ko Kaeo nga awa, Ko Whangaroa te moana, No Whangaroa ahau. My iwi affiliations are to Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa through my father and our marae is at Taupo Bay. I was co-opted to the current board in June 2018 and am currently the Chair. I have two daughters enrolled in Kahurangi ki Maungawhau, my eldest in Year 13 and my younger daughter in Year 11. I also have a younger son at Whangarei Boys High School. My wife, Carey, and I live on family land near Kaeo (Far North) and both run our own businesses as well as the family farm. I am an ecologist by training. Our daughters board in Auckland to attend Auckland Girls' Grammar School because there are no secondary schooling options in our community which could allow them to reach their potential. Having three children with very different outlooks, interests and aptitudes my priority is to ensure that all the young women at AGGS get the opportunity to succeed in something that is important and relevant to them - whether it be cultural, academic, sporting, community service or something else. I also expect AGGS to set high standards and help create a sound foundation and inquiring attitude in students so that they can take the best advantage of the opportunities that will come their way in future. I am inspired by the Te Rarawa whakatauki - Korowaitia to ao i te mātauranga - envelope your world with knowledge, wisdom, understanding and skill. I am committed to implementing the actions outlined in the 2017 strategic plan for Kahurangi ki Maungawhau and to ensuring the Board provides sound governance and leadership to make best use of the resources we have to ensure the success of all students.

Dagmar Dyck

Introduction My name is Dagmar Dyck and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Auckland Girls Grammar School. I have one daughter at AGGS; Charlize is in Year 10. I am married to Lyle Cairns (Tūhoe) with two older children, Ercan and Milania. I am a first generation New Zealander and my maternal lineage hails from the Wolfgramm and Hemaloto kainga and the village of ‘Utungake, Vava’u, Tonga. My paternal lineage includes Dutch, Polish and German ancestry and links to my father’s birthplace in Gdansk, Poland.

Professional background I graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, with a Post-Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts in 1995. I was the first women of Tongan descent to do so. My arts practice spans more than 25 years and I have exhibited my work extensively in NZ and across the globe.

Since completing my Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2009 I have merged my skills and am passionate about empowering my students through the platform of the arts at Sylvia Park School. Recently I have been seconded to the Teaching Council in the capacity of National Facilitator for the Tapasā Cultural Framework Professional Development and Learning workshops.

Governance Experience I have been the co-opted parent board member of One Tree Hill College from 2016 to 2019. I am frequently involved in an advisory capacity within Pasifika arts and education sectors.

Why Board of Trustees My daughter started at AGGS this year and she is really enjoying the learning environment coupled with a great circle of friends and committed and attentive teachers. I would like to contribute to the school by working to ensure high quality communication and transparency about issues that will affect our daughters, the staff and our school community.

To achieve this I will endeavor to be A team player that works with the principal and consults with staff, students and the community Committed to ensuring the school is a physically and emotionally safe place for all our students and staff, and it is inclusive of and caters for students with differing needs A careful and attentive listener to our most important people - our students! A genuine, articulate voice for our Pasifika community

Thank you for considering my application for your Board of Trustees Representative Faka’apa’apa atu

Judith Feleti

My name is Judith Iannatagaloa Feleti and I am standing for Auckland Girls Grammar School Board. I am a proud Niuean and the 2nd eldest of 5 siblings. I am married with two children (aged 21 & 13) my youngest currently attending our school in her first year. I work full time as an accountant for Beca Group Ltd (NZ owned Engineering consultants’ firm) and have been with them for over 20 years. I am also an active member of Niue PIPC Newton & Niue PIC Sandringham churches, which I attend most Sundays. I am also involved in the Niue Island Amateur Sports Association (NIASA) committee, as the current president of the netball code, which enables our younger generations to learn our cultural heritage through sport, mainly netball. I am involved with the Doves Netball Club Mangere. My role is club captain and the coach of the college number 2 team. I have found this to be very beneficial both personally but also to our wider community. I am also a member on the management committee for Mangere Otahuhu Netball Centre. Im currently a member of the board of trustees of Jean Batten School and it has been great serving the school community for the past 3 years and seeing significant gains in student learning. My current role as an accountant and club captain I also offer my expertise that will enable our kids to receive the education that they deserve and allow our school to further develop in the future (to its full potential). I am passionate about raising levels of achievement for all our tamariki and I believe that every student is talented and should be given the opportunity to reach their potential. Fakaue moe Monuina. OUE TULOU! GOD BLESS.

Carlin Shaw

E ngā mana, E ngā reo, tēnā tātou. Ki a rātou mā kua haere, e kore e riro i a wareware. Ki a tātou ngā waihotanga ake, E mihi atu ana ki a tātou katoa

Kia ora tātou, Ko Carlin Shaw tōku ingoa

I am standing for the Board of Trustee's for Auckland Girls Grammar, as I believe that I will add value and provide significant contribution to the school that will benefit the present and future students of Auckland Girls Grammar.

We are proud to have daughters in Year 10 and Year 12, and being a part of Kahurangi has given us great confidence that we have made the right choice for our youngest daughter who will also be attending later on.

I am overwhelmed by the cultural diversity within our school and can see many more opportunities for students to enhance their identity within this community.

As a qualified teacher, I have taught in the public, tertiary and secondary sector for nearly two decades. This experience has provided me with an indepth understanding of what Auckland Grammar School students will need in order to progress regarding their education and future.

Like all parents, I strongly believe that our whole school community must offer every student the right to various opportunities that enable them to become the best person they that can be. My vision is that our students leave Auckland Girls Grammar as proud, empathetic, respectful, diligent adults who hold their level of integrity to the highest possible standard.

I am committed to working with all of the Board and School's Management to continue improving paths that increase the current academic and extra curricular successes of our students.

Tania Aroha Rochelle Tarawa

Auckland Girls Grammar School School Profile number 53

Kia ora, my name is Tania Tarawa and I am standing for re-election to the Board of Trustees for Auckland Girls Grammar School. I am a parent of two daughters of Maori and Tongan descent, my youngest daughter is in her final year at AGGS and my eldest finished in 2017. Both of my girls were in Kahurangi. I have been on the Board of AGGS for 6 years, since my eldest daughter started in year 9. I am proud to have been born and raised in Manurewa and have strong ties to the South Auckland community where many of our girls call home. I know from personal experience that inspirational teaching and supportive schooling can change lives. This is my desire for AGGS and the educational experience I want for all our daughters. Qualifications and experience I am a lawyer by profession with qualifications in Commerce and Management. I also hold international qualifications in Project management (PRINCE2) and am a current member of the NZ Institute of Directors. My background is in strategy, policy and economic development, my current role is the Head of Maori Economic Strategy at Auckland’s regional Economic Development Agency (ATEED). I have specific skills in Board leadership, corporate governance, organisational management and strategic planning. I am an experienced senior leader and understand how public sector organisations work, and how they don’t. In terms of educational experience, I have been a Trustee of the national executive Board of the NZSTA since 2016. Personal statement I am passionately committed to the success of all girls at AGGS, in particular Maori and Pasifika and will strongly advocate for this, always. I am conscious of the sacrifices many families make to send their daughters to AGGS and am committed to ensuring that the school honours that sacrifice by providing the highest possible teaching standards, responsible and visionary governance and compassionate leadership. I am passionate about fostering a school where morale is high and all students are valued for their diversity and unique contribution. A school that recognises the unique needs of girls of Maori and Pasifika heritage and works hard to meet those needs. I believe I have the skills and experience to assist the Board and I ask for your vote in these elections.

Stan Whata

Te Arawa te iwi Te Arawa te waka Ngati Pikiao te hapu

Ko toku ingoa, Ko Stan Whata. My name is Stan Whata, married with two children and our whangai. Born and breed in Okere Falls, Rotorua, my career has seen our family move and live in many different communities, each bringing a rewarding experience and acknowledgement of life in Aotearoa. It is through these experiences that my appreciation of people, acceptance of diversity, and strength in tikanga and kawa of my people, that has assisted my growth towards helping others and the profession I serve.

My experience lies in eduction and I have been a principal for over 21 years, leading various and diverse communities, schools and education in a variety of roles and capacities. This experience has also included many years of service as a member of numerous school Board of Trustees and governance roles for marae and sporting clubs . At this point in time, my interest for election, revolves around supporting the schools of which my children attend. Among many skills, I am also an independent auditor / cultural auditor who contracts auditing services and cultural training to various DHB’s within the midlands health area. My passion is about growing people, understanding the challenges people face and finding practical solutions and outcomes.

As a young person, I was fortunate to have role models and mentors who supported young Maori boys. At this point in time, I am able to contribute back to this initiative through volunteer work, giving back to the people who gave so much to me. I would like to use the same approach with supporting the schools my children attend.

Ma te atua koutou e mannaki, Nga manaakitanga


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