Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini.

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective.

Clare Hocking

Leadership Advisor - Canterbury region

Clare is a Leadership Advisor for schools in the Canterbury region, working primarily with beginning principals.

Clare resigned from principalship in December 2016. Immediately prior to her resignation she received a Distinguished Service Award for outstanding services to Education from the Waitakere Area Principals’ Association.

In addition to educational leadership as a principal, Clare has mentored many first time principals for the past 14 years. She has also informally supported other experienced principals and senior leaders through leading professional learning groups or with one-on-one support. She has also conducted appraisal for principals and, on several occasions, deputy principals in neighbouring schools.

While on an Auckland Primary Principals’ Association secondment to the University of Auckland with Team Solutions, Clare co-ordinated the pilot Aspiring Principals’ Programme for Te Tai Tokerau/Northland and Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland, in its foundation years.

Clare’s current role involves partnering with beginning principals/tumuaki to provide targeted, tailored and timely support to meet their individual needs as educational leaders. Communicationswith beginning principals/tumuaki are underpinned by Clare’s belief and practice in Open to Learning/Future Focus Inquiry and/or coaching based on her experience as an Accredited Coach with Growth Coaching International.

Clare has a Master’s degree in Education (M.Ed. Hons) from the University of Auckland.

Clare currently lives in North Canterbury. Returning to the South, her turangawaewae, and being geographically closer to whānau is a real joy! Her interests include reading, gardening, interior design, swimming, beach walking and, of course, whānau.