Leadership Advisor - Te Tai Tokerau

Paul is the Leadership Advisor for Te Tai Tokerau, where he works alongside beginning principals, providing leadership support and advice tailored to their professional careers and contexts. Central to this model of principal support are: leading for equity, every student experiencing success in their learning, and engagement with whānau,

Paul was a principal for twenty years, of primary schools in Southland, Franklin, and Auckland.

He has worked with first time principals, experienced principals, and school leadership teams since 2008 in various roles, such as Leadership and Management facilitator (Team Solutions, University of Auckland), and SAF practitioner (Ministry of Education). From 2011 to 2014 he worked as Lead Practitioner, initially based in Christchurch, then in Auckland and Tai Tokerau. Through this work, he gained a depth of expertise in assisting schools to accelerate achievement, build evaluative capability, identify and build local capacity, lead change effectively, and develop culturally responsive practice.

Paul has worked as a facilitator and presented workshops in the following areas:

  • charter development and annual planning
  • the revised New Zealand Curriculum
  • school curriculum design and implementation
  • teaching as inquiry
  • Ka Hikitia – Accelerating success 2013-2017
  • school evaluation and review
  • Innovative learning environments
  • building leadership teams using a coaching model
  • change management – leading for improvement through student focused inquiry

He has successfully assisted schools that sought to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of Treaty Partnership, in which the uniqueness of our New Zealand context becomes a key principle underpinning better learning relationships in the classroom.

Paul enjoys music, especially jazz and blues, and has been a member of a number of choirs. He likes poetry, photography, movies, travel, and long summer days with the family on the Tutukaka coast.

The whakataukì that is a touchstone for Paul's work in leadership is: Naku te rourou, nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.