Ko wai mātou | Who we are
Governed by Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, Grow Waitaha is a partnership between its governors, three education providers (Tātai Aho Rau | CORE Education, Evaluation Associates Ltd | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga, and Leadership Lab), kura and their communities.
Garry Williams, Te Mahau – Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education
Garry Williams is a member of Puaka, supporting the overall direction of the Grow Waitaha initiative. He enjoys exploring how systems can work better for users and builds commitment and enthusiasm for change. Garry brings flexibility to different situations and a knowledge of how collaborative partnerships can utilise strengths together.
Verity Tamepo, Te Mahau – Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Mutunga
Verity’s role at Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga supports the mahi of Grow Waitaha as part of Garry William’s Renewal team. Career highlights and experiences include teaching across early years, primary and secondary, as well as supporting systemic change for equitable outcomes in tertiary education. Verity brings a commitment to upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi and aspirations of hapū and iwi for positive educational outcomes for ākonga and their whānau.
Helen Cooper, Tātai Aho Rau Core Education
Helen Cooper is a member of Puaka, supporting the overall direction of the Grow Waitaha initiative. Helen is an experienced educational leader committed to collaborative governance and working in partnership to innovate and foster new opportunities for ākonga.
Dr Cheryl Doig, Think Beyond
Dr Cheryl Doig coordinates the Puaka and Deciding groups and supports all other workstreams in their combined mahi. Cheryl co-leads the Futures impact area. She has wide-ranging experiences in futures/foresight, education, health, leadership, and governance. Cheryl's great sense of curiosity and collaboration helps her to explore future possibilities and influence others.
Ray Burkhill, Tātai Aho Rau Core Education
Ray co-leads the Future impact area and is a member of Puaka and Deciding groups, supporting the overall direction of the Grow Waitaha initiative. Ray has worked as a teacher and school leader locally and has supported several Waitaha schools to develop their education briefs as a Navigator.
Steve Edwards, Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga
Steve Edwards has a range of roles across the Grow Waitaha project. He leads the Pathways impact area and is a member of the Deciding and Puaka groups. In addition, he helps allocate support for schools undergoing ‘build projects’. He has also supported schools to develop and/or review their education brief documentation.
Janelle Riki-Waaka, Tātai Aho Rau Core Education
Janelle co-leads the Equity and Inclusion impact area and is a member of Puaka and Deciding groups. She is a highly experienced leader and consultant specialising in areas such as developing cultural competencies, Te Tiriti o Waitangi education and digital technologies. She has considerable teaching and leadership experience in both English Medium and bilingual education settings and has developed extensive experience in supporting the engagement and success of all ākonga. Janelle is passionate and committed to empowering ākonga Māori to live, create and innovate in ways that re-indigenise and revitalise our reo and tikanga for future generations.
Dr Chris Jansen, Leadership Lab
Chris co-leads the Equity and Inclusion impact area, is a member of Puaka and Deciding groups, and facilitates various initiatives across Grow Waitaha including the Ōtautahi Secondary Change Leaders Network. He also works in a variety of schools and Kāhui Ako and is passionate about culturally sustaining leadership. Chris is co-director of Leadership Lab which is focused on growing equitable and thriving communities and organisations.
Kerry Hall, Evaluation Associates Ltd, Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga
Kerry leads the Wellbeing impact area, is a member of Puaka and Deciding groups, and facilitates Grow Waitaha initiatives across the impact areas. She has supported a number of schools across Waitaha with their education briefs and as they transitioned into their new learning spaces.
Helen MacGougan, Tātai Aho Rau Core Education
Helen leads the Storytelling team and is a member of Puaka and Deciding groups. Helen has worked as a kaiako and a middle leader in secondary education and as a facilitator of adult education. Helen’s passion is storytelling and supporting learners to be creators of their own stories through visual storytelling.