John has had over 25 years’ experience in the education sector, with over 16 years as a school principal.
From 2012 – 2013 he was seconded for eighteen months to lead Mau ki te Ako; the collaboration of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, University of Canterbury and the University of Otago to deliver culturally responsive teaching and learning professional development contract for the Ministry of Education.
For the past two years, John has led the implementation of Huakina Mai, a strengths-based relational intervention in schools. Huakina Mai has been piloted for the past two years in three North Canterbury Schools in a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the University of Canterbury and Te Tapuae of Rehua.
John is currently a researcher for Ihi Research. Over the past two years, he has contributed to research projects in health, work safety and education. He is currently supporting a Teacher-led Innovation Fund project across eight schools in Christchurch and is a Ministry of Education accredited Expert Partner to support Communities of Learning.
Over the past two years, John has contributed to several education and health research projects including Huakina Mai, Site Safe, All Right? and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.
Education & Qualifications
University of Canterbury
-Post Graduate Diploma in Education 2016
-Bachelor of Teaching and Learning 2009
-Hoaka Pounamu: Graduate Diploma in Bilingual and Immersion Teaching 2008
Christchurch College of Education
-Diploma of Teaching (Primary) 1989
-Member of Aotearoa National Evaluation Association.
-Waitaha Māori Medium Cluster Leader
-Professional Leader Huakina Mai
-Waitaha Māori Rugby Council
-MOE Expert Partner