Primary School Principals who
make a Difference
Welcome to WRPPA Online
WRPPA is made up of Primary School Principals who make a difference. We are here to support each other and to enhance the education of children at this crucial time in their lives. This website is dedicated to helping you make a difference.
Wellington Regional Primary Principals' Association continues to be well supported by Principals throughout our region, covering schools in the Hutt Valley, Mana, Ōtaki-Kāpiti, Wairarapa, and Wellington areas.
Meet our Executive Team:
President: Nigel Frater (Plateau School)
I have been part of the WRPPA Exec since 2019 and the President of WRPPA since our 2023 AGM. I have been part of the organising committee for the WRPPA Conferences since 2020. We have a great exec team with a diverse skillset so that we are now in a great place to focus on delivering for our members. I believe our Association should be a National voice and deserves to be heard and we are also responsive to the needs and issues that our members are grappling with. As President, I am focused on listening to our members and meeting their needs while pushing our voices to be part of the bigger picture.
Immediate Past President: Liz Rhodes (Brooklyn School)
Vice President: Martin Hett (Raumati South School)
I joined the Exec team as treasurer in 2022 and am enjoying the opportunity to work alongside the Exec supporting the strategic direction of WRPPA. I'm also a member of the planning team for the WRPPA conferences, and we take great pride in the quality of our offering in this space. If you have any questions about anything of a finance or conference matter, I'm happy to help or if there is anything I can do as a member of the Exec to support you in your role - please don't hesitate.
Shirley Porteus (Newlands Primary School)
I have been in various leadership roles in a range of kura across Wellington during my career. Newlands Primary is my second principalship and I love contributing to the community in which I live, by nurturing our tamariki. For me leading others is when I feel 'in my element' and while times have never been more challenging to be a principal, I relish the opportunity to be part of the WRPPA Exec and to give back to my colleagues.
Suzanne Su'a (Waterloo School)
I'm an active WRPPA member and understand the need for principals to work together in order to make a difference for our tamariki and to support each other during difficult times. The Exec is working together to support and represent their members in the Wellington region. The current changes taking place in the Education sector have had a significant impact on our schools and students, and our collective voice needs to be heard, as well as continue to support each other through any changes. Principal wellbeing is important to me and ensuring the increasing demands are managed effectively.
John Channer (Fraser Crescent School)
Kia ora koutou. I am John, the principal at Fraser Crescent School in Upper Hutt. I am passionate about principalship and the Wellington Region. There are significant opportunities for our membership to connect and collaborate for the benefit of our profession. I am keen to see WRPPA offering valuable opportunities to our members.
Luana Carroll (Houghton Valley School)
The objectives of our association are as follows:
To provide an effective information, support, and guidance service.
To promote informed professional debate on policies and practices that lead to successful education administration in schools.
To promote coordinated effort in securing ongoing quality responses from government, educational agencies, and employer groups on matters pertaining to education in the Wellington region.
To promote the sharing of initiatives through such activities as research, publications, conferences, etc.
To provide professional and collegial support to school Principals.
To promote cooperation between all education providers including primary schools, early childhood centers, secondary schools, private schools, integrated schools, and post-secondary education institutions.
To promote opportunities for members to network, support and learn from each other and become more directly involved in the work of the Association.
To liaise with groups and organisations having similar interests both within New Zealand and overseas.
To ensure that the Association has sufficient resources to carry out its aims and develop skills and opportunities.
To honour obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
To represent the interests of school principals on a number of regional organisations in matters pertaining to education.
We continue to listen to issues facing Principals and the executive endeavours to place importance on these issues and make them part of our business at the general meetings. We strongly promote our network as a supportive professional learning community for principals. Wellington Regional Primary Principals' Association encourages all principals to attend our general meetings, functions, and seminars to learn from speakers and from each other.
President Wellington Regional Primary Principals' Association.
WRPPA is proudly supported by our following business partners: