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Employer:Nelson Central School Board of Trustees
Occupation:School Principal
Nationality:New Zealand
Country:New Zealand
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My profile

Hello Course Participants. I am a primary/elementary school principal at Nelson Central School in Nelson New Zealand. I have a doctorate in education with an emphasis on educational leadership. For the past 2.5 years I have been the director of a professional development programme in e-learning for 9 schools and 120 teachers. Having organised professional development for everyone else I felt I needed to do something for myself, hence my interest in this course.


I am currently the principal of Nelson Central Primary School . I have enjoyed my job for 12 years. You can visit our school website at to learn more about our school and why I think it is a great place to work.

Professional Background

My work experience prior to my appointment to Nelson Central Primary School includes:

  • Principal of Fergusson Intermediate School (G5) May 1993 - October 1996.
  • Schools Liaison Officer with the Ministry of Education, with secondments to National Office policy division.
  • District Adviser on Reading responsible for providing inservice training for teachers on a wide range of professional topics.
  • Over 20 years experience as a teacher and principal in G1 and G2 schools.

Commitment to education

  • Six years as a tutor/marker for the Master of Education programme at Massey University.
  • Successful contractor for the Ministry of Education Appraisal Contract 1998
  • Responsible for setting up a Ministry of Education contract for a pilot programme on integrating the curriculum (1996).
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of teachers.

Representations in education

  • Experience as principals’ representative on several national and local committees.
  • Past President Nelson Principals' Association.
  • Past President and currently member of New Zealand Education And Leadership Society (NZEALS) See website:
  • Member of the NZEALS National Council


  • Doctor of Education, UNE. Ed D thesis was on leadership, the work of principals and change.
  • M.Ed. Admin. (Hons), Massey University. M. Ed. thesis was on models of evaluation
  • Dip. Ed.,Massey University.
  • B.A., Massey University
  • Dip. Tchg.NZ Dept Education.


  • Teachers One Year Study Award in 1979.
  • Selected to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Institute (London) “Pacific Way” in 1988.
  • Awarded the Minolta Dame Jean Herbison Fellowship in 1999.
  • Awarded Westpac Nelson Principals' Study Award in 2004.

Personal Background

I am married to Lynne and we have two adult daughters living in Singapore and Sydney, Australia. We have one grand daughter who lives in Singapore.

My Interests

My current interests are more sedentary now than they were several years ago!

  • I enjoy reading a wide range of literature and have just finished reading a book by Ian Rankin and have just started one by John Grisham.
  • I enjoy exercising and am coming up to the end of a 6 month programme in the gym. I will review my options around mid July.
  • My wife and I enjoy travelling and spent 3 months in Asia and Europe last year (see my blog: This year we will be staying closer to home with trips within NZ and to Sydney, Australia.
  • I am really keen to learn more about the application of e-learning to my work as a principal.


My Projects

My Major project 2007-2009 is providing leadership for a cluster of 9 schools (120 teachers)as they work to a 3 year ICT/E-learning contract. The focus is professional development for teachers.

My Reflections

Curriculum at Nelson Central School

Treaty of Waitangi

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  • two To create a resource to assist senior managers to implement self review

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Feedback and Notes from my WikiNeighbours

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All the following are in your tutorials, but I put them here for you as a kind of learning shortcut. Earlier posts on bottom, later ones on top.

  • Here is another tip. Uploading Pictures. You have a picture on your computer. You want to put it onto a page you are editing. Remember where it is and what it is called on your computer. On your page, in edit mode, you name the file by whatever name you want to call it. Do not use a generic name like "My_picture" or it will get easily mixed up on the WikiEd site. Best is to put your name in the file name you choose. Make sure the extension is one of the many Wiki can handle, like gif, png or jpg. Put it inside two sets of square brackets. At the beginning, type in the word image followed by a colon followed by your image file name. Then save and that puts your page into publishing mode, and you have a web page again. The image file name should appear in red, indicating that it has not been used already. Click on it and a new page will appear that has easy instructions abut uploading the file from your computer. Do it. The image gets its own page. When you see it, go to the bottom of that image page; click on your page name and there it will be.--Phil Bartle 13:02, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

  • Another tip is to borrow from your Wiki neighbours. Browse around other User pages. If there is anything you like, just copy it and paste it in to your user page. Make any modification you need, and there you are. --Phil Bartle 03:15, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

  • If you have not seen it yet, I recommend that you look at the youtube video clip on Wikis. In WikiEd, as in the video, the most important buttons are edit and save. A third button, Link, is not quite the same on WikiEd. To make a sub page, in edit mode, you simply give it a name. put forward slashes around it, then two square brackets in front and after the result. When you save, the word will be in red. Click on it and it will tell you there is no such page. As soon as you start editing, the sub page is created. --Phil Bartle 03:05, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

Hello Tumuaki!, welcome to Wikieducator!! I'm Alejandra Guajardo from Peru, I'm your WikiNeighbour!! I'm sure you will find here many ways to develop content of your interest and share with other teachers experiences and resources. If you need help with your user's page or have questions please just let me know here or through my user page. I also invite you to join one of the next "Learning 4 Content" free workshops to get Wiki skills. Click here for more information Best wishes --Alejacha 04:10, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Kia ora Tumuaki! Welcome to our WE family! It's great to see Kiwi leaders from the school sector joining the project -- we're very keen to establish a national NZ collaboration for open education --- and I would welcome any advice or thoughts on how we can turn this into an reality for NZ schools. Cheers --Wayne Mackintosh 09:58, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Kia Ora Wayne - Will give it some thought once I get my head around this tool. --Paul Potaka 04:06, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Hi Paul! Nice picture!! You have developed a really great page. I'm impressed by your experience in the education field. I'm just starting my teaching experience and feel very honor to meet educators like you in WikiEducator. Warm regards from Lima, Peru. --Alejacha 19:01, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Hi Paul, Nice to see the advancements on your page. Keep adding. Feel free to ask me whenever you need help. From Participant & Facilitator now we are WikiFriends ....called as WikiNeighbours. Do give me suggestions for improving my page too...that's the Wiki Way!!! Warm wishes. --Gita Mathur 02:31, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hello Tumuaki. Please click edit and fill in the personal information box. Don't forget to add your photo instead of the photo of wikieducator. Thank you. --Gita Mathur 07:05, 9 June 2009 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Hi Tumuaki. Welcome to our new free training opportunity on WikiEducator. It is nice to see you again on WikiEducator. Great works. Keep adding content. Warm wishes --Patricia 18:18, 27 July 2009 (UTC))Home | Section 1 } Section 2 | Section 3