Tēnā koutou kātoa,
I te taha o tōku matua
Ko Taupiri tōku maunga
Ko Waikato tōku awa
Ko Tainui tōku waka
Ko Ngāti Haua tōku iwi
Ko Richard Tuhakaraina rāua ko Margaret Wilson ōku tūpuna
Ko Jim tōku matuaI te taha o tōku Whaea
Ko Kahuranaki tōku maunga
Ko Tukituki tōku awa
Ko Tākitimu tōku waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu tōku iwi
Ko Ian Barnes rāua ko Marie Hiko ōku tūpuna
Ko Sandi tōku Whaea
Ko Erina tōku ingoa
Ko Tuhakaraina tōku ingoa whānau
Ko James rāua ko Matenga ōkū tūngane
Ko Whaioranga tāku teina
Ko Josh tāku hoa rangatira
Ko Ana rāua ko Izayah ā māua tamariki
Nō Whakatū ahau
Nō reria tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou kātoa.
“Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere, engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao”
(The one who partakes of the flora and fauna, that will be their domain. The one who engages in education, opportunities are endless).
I am a person who likes to engage in education therefore the opportunities that I am willing to implement and be challenged by, are endless!
Kia ora koutou, my name is Erina Tuhakaraina. I am a member of the across school team for Te Kāhui Ako o Whakatū. I have taught at Nelson Central School, in Te Pouahi, a Māori medium education setting for the past 13 years. Throughout these 13 years, many opportunities have come my way. Having some great mentors such as Dr Paul Potaka and Lesley Kotua has meant that I have been able to grow and gain confidence within my teaching, my teaching practice and leadership.
Over the past 4 years, I have been able to grow my leadership capacity by successfully leading my syndicate, as well as working collaboratively with other senior leaders within the school. I have been involved in the implementation of our Graduate Profile and Marau-a-kura for our school. I have knowledge of and can confidently plan from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the New Zealand Curriculum. I can create reports using Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori and National Standards.
“E kore au e ngaro, te kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea” A whakatauki from the strategic document Tū Rangatira challenges leaders to develop a leadership style and commitment to education that nurtures all children, especially Māori, to realise their full potential as Māori. I firmly believe in Māori being able to achieve success as Māori.
I have a range of skills I can use to support the CoL including building relationships, collaboration and cultural responsiveness. I am excited about being apart of the across school CoL team and I look forward to meeting, learning about and collaborating with other kaiako whilst building capabilities, achievement and success for all students.