Our Board of Trustees
I believe it is a great privilege to be a parent representative on the WHHS board of trustees. I have not previously been on a board of trustees but I am enjoying the challenge. My connection to the school is through my two boys who are students here, one in Year 11 and one in Year 9. I have been involved in School camps and the two rugby trips to Malaysia as parent helper. Also I have been actively involved in the Cactus mentoring programme held at the school over the past three years. As a Police officer with over 20 years experience this programme has assisted in removing some of the barriers between youth and Police. I am currently the officer in charge of youth and community sections at Rotorua. I have experience in human resource matters, rock on truancy programme, coordinated emergency management systems and conflict resolution to name a few. I enjoy finding better ways of doing things and improving areas that need it..
I have been a trustee at Western Heights High School since 2002 and Board Chair from 2004 to 2013. Before 2002 I was a Trustee at Rotorua Intermediate, 3 years as Board Chair. I have also been Board Chair at Glenholme Primary School for 3 years. Currently I am also Board Chair at Kaitao Middle School and a Trustee at Ngakuru School. I was the Bay of Plenty representative on the New Zealand School Trustees (NZSTA) National Council for 8 years and am now a member of the NZSTA National Board. Currently I represent NZSTA on the Secondary Qualifications Advisory Group and on the School Property Reference Group. Two years ago I became one of 12 accredited Trustees in New Zealand and am also a preferred provider for the Ministry of Education, which involves working with other Boards of Trustees. I am married to Clint and have two sons who both attended and received a great education at Western Heights High School. During my time at Western Heights High School we have experienced a rapid roll growth, which has resulted in the school becoming “the school of choice” in Rotorua and having a zone imposed. This roll growth has enabled the school to obtain funding to build a new modern Technology block. Trusteeship is something I strongly believe in. As a trustee I enjoy being part of a team that ensures that EVERY student has the right to achieve at the highest level. I believe that Trustees must have “high expectations of all involved, make no exceptions and make no excuses.” Western Heights High School has a unique culture and history and I promise to protect, respect and enhance that culture and history.
I have 9 years of experience on Primary and Intermediate school boards and I was elected to WHHS BOT in 2013. I am married to Heather and have 2 boys at WHHS who are enjoying the wide variety of academic, cultural and sporting activities available to them. I believe in having strong academic programmes within the school and enjoy working with school management to maintain and enhance the good work already being carried out. Additionally I see sporting achievement as an important role in growing awesome young adults, as well as increasing the presence of WHHS across the wider NZ educational community. I am enjoying making a positive contribution to the governance of the school, and helping achieve excellence in the educational outcomes for all our children as they progress through the school.
Kia Ora my name is Roger Ngatai,
I am a Western Heights High School old boy. I am also the proud father of 2 girls, my oldest girl Renee was the deputy head girl, captain of the IX hockey team, and is the current IX hockey coach. My youngest daughter Leah is currently in year 12.
I have a passion for sports and education. I am actively involved in the Ngongotaha community as the coach of the Ngongotaha Senior A rugby team and as a member of WaitetiMarae.
I am the operations Co-ordinator for Kop-Coat NZ based at Red Stag Timber. I have held this position for 5 years.
My involvement with Western Heights High School started both as a pupil in my high school years and then later as a teacher in the 1990s. Having been away for a number of years pursuing further education and a management career, I am thrilled to return home to Rotorua and to be given the Board membership opportunity. Western Heights set me on an incredible path and I look forward to being able to pay-this-back. I have previous Board experience, was Head of Registry at Waiariki Institute of Technology and am currently the Executive Officer at Tauranga City Council. This role is a member of the Executive Leadership Team reporting to the Chief Executive and involves the provision of advice and support to the Chief Executive based on research and investigation.
I am passionate about education and growing our young people; ensuring the right systems, processes and governance direction are in place to give them access to opportunities to learn and grow. In regards to my employment background, aside from high school teaching, I have delivered youth at risk programmes, have managed community environmental projects, and have been in industry training, and local government manager roles. I am passionate about seeing our youth have every available opportunity to access learning and to be supported to do so in a safe, well-resourced, well-planned and opportunity-filled environment. I believe Western Heights is already well-achieving in this space and I look forward to supporting the excellent work completed to date.