Havelock North Area Strategy Reference Group profiles

The Havelock North Area Strategy Reference Group supports the engagement process and helps formulate potential options to enhance the educational offerings in the wider Havelock North network.

About the Reference Group

The composition of the Reference Group was based on feedback from the public and sector engagement sessions held in 2018. The members were nominated by the organisations they represent.

Geraldine Travers (Chair) — Councillor Hastings/Havelock North

Geraldine Travers has spent many years living in Hawke’s Bay. Geraldine’s first stint was as Assistant Principal at Havelock North High School. Her second, for the last 19 years as Principal of Hastings Girls' High School before being elected as a Councillor in 2016.

Geraldine has had considerable recognition in her role; she was awarded the prestigious Woolf Fisher Travelling Fellowship, won the National Excellence in Leadership award at both regional and national level, and in 2007 North And South magazine called Hastings Girls' New Zealand's best state secondary school.

Geraldine has represented Hawkes Bay Principals on numerous national committees and working parties and was recently appointed Chair of Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Council.

She was awarded a MNZM for services to education in 2015 and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Maurice Rehu — President of Hawke’s Bay Primary Principals Association

Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Manawatu te awa
Ko Kurahoupo te waka
Ko Rangitepaea te hapu
Ko Motuiti te pa
Ko Akuira Te Rangi te tangata
Ko Maurice Inia Rehu ahau

Kia Ora koutou

In 2011 I returned to Hawke’s Bay with his wife and children to become the Principal at Riverslea School in Hastings. I was part of the CYFs Care and Protection review panel and the Tukituki RTLB cluster review team. 

At the end of 2013 I moved from Riverslea School to become the Principal of Richmond School in Maraenui.

I joined the Hawke’s Bay Primary Principal Association (HBPPA) exec team in 2015. I became Vice president in 2016 and I am now the current president of the HBPPA and new Principal at Irongate School. 

Daniel Murfitt — Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Principals Association

Principal of William Colenso College from 2009 - present.

William Colenso College has been the winner of the Prime Ministers Education Excellence Awards in both 2017 and 2018. I am a trustee on the Hawke’s Bay Teenage Parent Trust which operates the Early Childhood Centres for the two Teen Parent Units in Hawke’s Bay.

I am the current chairperson of the Hawke’s Bay Alternative Education Consortium. The consortium governs Alternative Education, which caters for secondary students between the ages of 13 - 16 who are alienated from mainstream schools. The consortium represents all secondary schools in Hawke’s Bay.

All 3 secondary principals of the area impacted by the review are supportive of Daniel's nomination for the reference group.

Fiona Mason — General Manager of Heretaunga Kindergarten Association

Kia ora, I feel privileged to be part of the Havelock North Area Strategy Reference Group.   

I represent Early Childhood having worked across the sector in a number of roles in teaching, early intervention, lecturing, professional leadership and now in my current role as General Manager of the 16 Heretaunga Kindergartens. 

I am a strong advocate for and participant in Kāhui Ako, believing that a collective approach leads to more successful outcomes for akonga.  As a stakeholder and member of this group, I view this is an opportunity to participate in a considered decision making process, with regard to the future of educational provision in the Havelock North community.

Myra Barber — Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated representative

Myra is a strong leader in the Waimārama school community, and was previously the board chair for two years. Nominated by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Myra will bring a tangata-whenua lens to the review. She believes strongly that every child has the potential for greatness and that equity and inclusion are key to enabling this.

Myra lives rurally in Waimārama and was raised, and attended school, in Nuhaka and Wairoa in northern Hawke’s Bay. She has a degree in business management from Waikato University and worked for 10 years in marketing, international business and strategic management within the tertiary education sector prior to the birth of her oldest child.

Myra has 4 children in early childhood/kohanga reo, primary and intermediate school within the Havelock North area. She is an active member of Ngāti Kahungunu iwi, is engaged in the Māori community at marae and hapū level, and worked as a marae health champion in Waimārama as part of a Māori health innovation project for the Ministry of Health.

As co-director of Ipurangi Developments, a Māori development consultancy, Myra is presently undertaking an evaluation project for Te Mātāwai, the government agency for Te Reo Māori revitalisation.

Her role as volunteer public affairs media specialist for her church gives Myra plenty of contact with a diverse range of people. In her spare moments, Myra enjoys playing with her children and spending time with her whānau at the beach.

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