I shifted with my family to Whangaparaoa, from Wellington, some 12 years ago with an aim to live in a community by the sea and explore the Hauraki Gulf. We have 4 children, 3 boys and a girl. All our kids have been through or are going through the college, the last two are in year 13 this year. As a family we believe in giving things a go and enjoying life, respecting others and looking after the environment. We enjoy boating, walking, music, sports and friends.
This is a special part of the world, and a secondary school should be a valued integral part of such a community. As a parent, you sacrifice a lot for your kids to grow and nourish them, to hand them over to others involves trust and having a confidence that the school will deliver the required environment for them to find their way in this increasingly busy world. I believe in the potentially 'old fashioned' virtues of having good manners, respect for others, respect for yourself and accepting the consequences for your actions. Whangaparaoa College has so much going for it due to its unique physical environment.
I have held a number of technical and managerial positions within the marine area of the Oil Industry. My wife and I ran a successful family business in Wellington for over ten years. In 2006 I completed an MBA through the Massey University Executive programme. I own and operate a business on the coast and am currently on the board at the college.
If re-elected to the board, I will aim to ensure the continued success of Whangaparaoa College. I want to see our college shine in the community and provide our kids with tools to learn and opportunities to grow and develop themselves so that they can then excel at whatever they choose to do. We need to ensure children grow and learn from sports and teamwork and buck the national trend of kids not being active, how to win and how to lose. To support the school (staff), to keep abreast of trends in education, such as boys not achieving at school and ensuring they are given an environment that values the 'boy' in them, and shows them some of responsibilities and paths to manhood. Academic achievement must be a given, so our students are equipped to follow their path in a trade or profession, and the strengths in music and the arts must continue to be grown.
'You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence then, is a habit, not an act' Aristotle 384 BC-322 BC