Board of Trustees

John Pulu - Chair Person

John, or JP, is from Holopeka, Ha‘apai & Kolomotu‘a – Nuku‘alofa, Kingdom of Tonga with ties to Lau in the Fiji Islands.

A proud Ōtāhuhu College alumnus and member of Grey house, John works as a broadcaster on the TVNZ show ‘Tagata Pasifika’ and Pacific Media Network radio show ‘PMN Tonga’.

John caught the bug for the media industry whilst studying at Ōtāhuhu College and is particularly passionate about utilising the media as an outlet to convey the rich culture and heritage of Pasifika people in Aotearoa and abroad.

He joined the Ōtāhuhu College whānau to support the students to reach their full potential.

Kia Tamatane!

Mālō ‘aupito/vinaka vakalevu.

David Fa'avae - Parent Representative

Kia ora, mālō e lelei, fakaalofa lahi atu, and talofa lava. I trace my whakapapa to Tonga and Samoa and my place of birth, Niue.

As a former student and teacher at Otahuhu College (OC), I am proud to be serving the school again as part of their board of trustees (BOT). Being involved with the refresh of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Curriculum, I can see Te Mātaiaho as a vehicle for much needed transformative change.

Our job is to ensure there is good governance that allows for students and their families at OC to succeed and thrive.

Viliami Latu - Parent Representative

I am of Tongan descent, married with 4 children who were all ex students of Otahuhu College. I am a Lay Preacher with the Method Church for more than 30 years. I have been on the Otahuhu College Board of Trustees for about 10 years and am still keen to support the school. I would like to continue my service to the school and the Board of Trustees to the best of my ability.

Sei Brown - Parent Representative

I have served on the school board since the last elections and have found it a real privilege to support the school and community with fellow trustees.

As a former student I remember fondly how the Otahuhu College has prepared me for life after high school. With over 17 years in Human Resources, as well as working at Senior Management levels of community organisations and to my recent involvement with the New Zealand School Trustees Association, I am keen to continue to support the school over the next term.

Recruiting and retaining good teachers is a key in this tricky environment because we know they can impact directly on the education journey of our students and it is that partnership with our families that can really make a difference.

Rae Nield

Rae was a student at Otahuhu College between 1962 and 1966, working as a student librarian and later becoming Dux and gaining a University Scholarship. Rae initially studied science at Auckland University, and later became a specialist librarian, initially at Auckland Public Library and then at Fletchers. After several years in information systems she went into the wider workforce, in sales, marketing and general management. In 1990 she went back to university and studied law, specialising in the law which impacts the retail supply chain. After providing services to clients for many years she finally retired and now focusses on public service work, including (of course) working for the benefit of Otahuhu College and its students through the Board of Trustees.

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