KHS Board Members 2022-2025

Hi, I am Dan Cleaver and it is my privilege to stand for the Kamo High School Board. First a little about me. My wife, a primary teacher, and I have 2 children currently attending Kamo High School, Eli yr. 13 and Paige yr. 10. I currently own and manage my own business employing 7 staff. Prior to this I spent 20 years as a sworn member of the NZ Police, the last 2 years as part of the District Leadership Team. I have previously served 2 terms on the Hurupaki School Board of Trustees. Kamo High School has been through several challenges over the past few years and the Commissioner and Whaea Natasha have begun to make some of the required changes. I believe now, more than ever, the school requires strong governance to ensure it rebuilds back to a place the community can be proud of. Student and parent engagement will be key in ensuring the school continues to be relevant to the community it serves and this would be a key focus for me.

Dan Cleaver (Board Chair)

The Board will need to be prepared to spend the time required with the school & management team to support them in making decisions that will see the school grow and thrive in the coming years. I am in the fortunate position where I can manage my own time and can be available whenever required for school matters, when dealing with youth timeliness is all important. I have a history of management and governance in my previous roles, both professional and personal and have carried several portfolios that will assist in providing a strong Board for Kamo High School. I look forward to being able to give back to the school and community that has given so much to my children over the past few years and hope that I can make it a place students will want to continue to attend for years to come.

Terri Duff 

Kia ora koutou katoa,

 Over the past two years, I've had the honor of actively supporting the strong and progressive leadership at KHS. With a background in teaching at KHS and a continued dedication to its community, I've been privileged to witness and contribute to its growth. 

Currently, I am a teacher at the Northern Health School, providing education

to students (Year 0-14) who are unable to attend their regular schools due to


My personal life revolves around my family, including my husband Julz and our two sons. One of our sons is currently a Year 13 student at KHS. Together, we reside locally with our beloved dog Vinnie. My upbringing in Tokoroa and subsequent experiences living in various parts of New Zealand, from Fox Glacier to the Bay of Islands, have enriched my perspective and appreciation for our beautiful country. In terms of education, I hold a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Sociology, from Waikato University and a postgraduate Diploma in teaching from Christchurch Teachers College.

Outside of work and education, my family and I cherish the opportunity to explore our stunning coastline and travel together, creating lasting memories and experiences. I am grateful for the experiences and connections that have shaped my journey thus far, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving and contributing to the Kamo High School community.

Ngā mihi nui

My name is Stephen Martin more commonly known as “Tractor”. I am a former KHS student.  I’ve spent the past 13 years in the rural service sector in various management roles and prior to that dairy farming. I have held numerous governance roles in the community at both local and national level. These organisations include Young farmers to local Rugby, Hockey, Community Hall, residents and ratepayers’ group along with 12 years on the Matarau school BOT. More recently I have been appointed president of the Whakapara pony club. All three of my children have attended KHS over the last 9 years with Ella currently in year 10. I’ve had an active interest in numerous activities and groups during their attendance, from school camps to the Mini MotoGP at Manfield to winning the national TeenAg club of the year. I’m all for the best outcomes for every student while supporting the School to provide the best environment for the students to learn.

Stephen Martin 

I fully understand the difference between Management and Governance and look forward to making our school the best school in Whangarei. We need a strong governance team to lead our school forward. I am approachable and easy to get along with and looking forward to the challenge. Thank you

Mo Matautia-Tepania 


Ko Whakarara, ko Matakā ngā maunga

Ko Taumarere te awa

Ko Matauri Bay te moana

Ko Hiruhāramahou, ko Te Tāpui ngā marae

Ko Mātaatua te waka

Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Hāmoa ngā iwi

Ko Ngāti Rēhia ko Ngāti Kura, ko Te Iva ngā hapu

Ko Jason tōku tane

Ko Danica, ko Huiarangi, ko Te Wairere ngā tamariki

Ko Mo Matautia-Tepania tōku ingoa

I have been involved in tertiary education for 20 years.  Beginning 2001, I tutored level 2 programmes to tauira for 8 years then moved to Ministry of Social Development (MSD) employment programmes (Training for Work) for 9 years.  My leadership abilities took me to key middle management roles ie, Team Leader, Cluster Leader and Moderator.  I co-designed programmes for my clusters and piloted 2 MSD initiatives for my organisation in Whangarei, Motivate and KODE.  Both pilots exceeded outcomes with over 80% of clients moving into full time employment or further education.

I accepted a Navigator position at I Have A Dream Charitable Trust NZ in 2018 with year 9 and 10 dreamers. We’re a local charity partnered with kura in the Tikipunga and Otangarei communities.  Mid-2020, I was promoted to my current role of Navigator Manager.   Over the past year, I have established productive relationships with kura management and staff and lead a spectacular team of unique Navigators and Praxis Interns.  Together, we support academic achievement and roll out 40+ after school programmes for dreamers each week.

I’ve served 6 years on the Whangarei Netball Centre executive committee before it moved to a Board structure.  During my time we introduced Friday Night Premier Netball, indoors and introduced year 1/2 netball with shorter hoops.  I went on to become the President of my club, Manawanui Netball Club.  I have served for 20 consecutive years as a player, coach, umpire and committee member.  I was honoured to receive my Life Member Award in 2019 and still coach collegiate age group.

My passions and strengths are serving young people, co-designing wraparound support programmes, supportive leadership, relationships, inclusivity and achievement. My son is the last in kura and is year 11 at Kamo High, he makes my heart sing.  I simply need to give back to his kura.  My aspirations are to champion education, support and opportunities for all tauira and whanau, remain my authentic self and learn.

No reira tena koutou katoa.

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I am a proud member of the Kamo community and a passionate Northlander. I am married to Kelly, a former student and teacher at Kamo High School, and have three children, the younger two of whom currently attend Kamo High in years 12 and 10. I have worked at Sport Northland for the last 22 years in a range of roles including event management, sport development, and currently hold the position of Spaces and Places Manager and am a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

My current role involves working with a diverse range of people and organisations across the rohe, such as district and regional councils, sporting organisations, funders, contractors and community groups. I have been heavily involved in the upgrade of current facilities across Northland and the development of new community facilities from ground zero through to operation.

Stu Middleton 

I have worked on the Bowls New Zealand Advisory Committee, and as a board member on the Northland Suns Basketball Development Trust, Bike Northland Inc and Northland Athletics and Gymnasium Stadium Trust, providing me with a sound understanding of governance, and the ability to think strategically and work collaboratively to make effective decisions. I strongly believe in Kamo High School as a place to nourish the potential of all our

young people and value the opportunity to support management, staff and students to further bolster the educational, cultural and sporting outcomes of our community.

Ngā mihi nui

Julie Steward

Kia Ora - my name is Julie Steward and I am excited about the prospect of being a part of the board at Kamo High School. I am originally from the Far North, and after a number of years living both overseas and in other parts of New Zealand, I moved to Whangarei with my husband and 3 children. I currently have 2 boys in Year 10 at Kamo High School. 

Professionally, I am Social Work trained and have had a long career in the industry working in a variety of settings including child protection, mental health and addictions and family violence. Upon moving to Whangarei ten years ago, I set up my own business and currently provide clinical supervision to social workers and other professionals working in the helping profession.

Previously, I was lucky enough to be elected to the board at Kamo Intermediate and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The experience provided me with significant insight into the role of board governance and what is needed to successfully run a school. It was also an interesting time to be on the board, as we went through the process of appointing a new principal and supporting other positive changes within the school.  I am interested in being on the board at Kamo High School because I am passionate about our community in Kamo and the role the school has as an integral part of that.  Also, given the recent changes in the leadership team I think this is an exciting opportunity to be involved in creating a new strategic direction for the school.

I feel passionate about students receiving the education they deserve within a school that has good leadership, is well managed and well-staffed. I strongly believe that all students should have the opportunity to utilise their strengths, be that in academia, sport, music or leadership etc. I support a school that is inclusive of the parent community and is open to consultation and feedback. I am committed to being a proactive and responsive board member who represents the community with integrity. I am a grounded, approachable and friendly person who is highly organised, articulate, assertive and not afraid to hold systems accountable. Thankyou.

Julie Steward

Ngā mihi mahana nui ki a koutou katoa.

Ko Ngāpuhi te Iwi. Nō Takuira ahau. Kei Pipiwai ahau e noho ana. My name is Angela Taitoko , I am a Northlander, raised in Dargaville and now living in Pipiwai. I am married to Aaron Taitoko (Tainui/Ngāti Maniapoto) we own an automation engineering company. We have 4 teenagers. Abigail is in year 10 at Kamo High School. Will and Riana are now both attending University of Auckland after completing all their secondary schooling at Kamo High School. Meg is now pursuing level 3 NCEA through

the correspondence school, Te Kura having done 4 years at Kamo High School. 

I have a Business Degree in Accounting and Management and have worked in many different accounting roles for a variety of large and small organisations. Since becoming a parent in 2005 I have always been active at various levels at the kura our children attended. I was Treasurer at both Raumanga Kindergarten and the Maunu School PTA for many years and on the Board at Whangarei Intermediate School between 2018 and 2021 and now as deputy presiding member on Te Kamo High School Board from 2022.

Angela Taitoko (co-opted)

I have been heavily involved in the school community since 2019 and hope to be involved for many more years to come. I pride myself on listening to people and working well with our current school board as we all strive to have students, staff, whanau and our community succeed. I value my ability to serve our community as my own personal values closely align with those of Te Kamo High School. I want everybody to feel connected and cared for and nurture their contribution and grow their confidence through learning and building relationships. So that they can become successful young adults that contribute positively to our community.