wairoa college Board of Trustees
My name is Diane McCallum, and until the end of Term 1, 2019 I was Principal at Tiaho Primary School.
My work across Wairoa has given me insight into many of our Early Childhood Centres, and schools. I have the utmost admiration for the work of our teachers and Tumuaki-Principals, in Wairoa, and see this as an opportunity for me to be able to use the knowledge and skills I have developed over the years to continue to support those that are making a difference for our learners.
I am passionate about the learning and achievement of tamariki across Wairoa – our children are the most amazing young people and deserve the best opportunities possible. I believe that we can achieve that by working together – kura, families, whanau and community. I am honoured to have a chance to play a role in that journey.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Denise Eaglesome-Karekare. I am Wairoa born and bred, and I have a deeply vested interest in our community and its future.
This is my second term on the board and want to continue to build strong foundations that lead to student achievement and their personal growth.
I hold a number of governance and community roles which include Deputy Mayor, Wairoa CACTUS Coordinator, Chair of Te Wairoa Tapukurau Whanui Trust and Deputy Chair of the Wairoa Young Achievers Trust, etc.
My purpose is simple – to encourage, promote and support youth in order for them to achieve their potential and to become successful and responsible adults who make positive contributions to our beautiful community.
My name is Dave Ryan and I am the current Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. This is my third term as Staff Rep.
I teach NCEA Levels 1-3 in both Geography and History and junior Social Studies. I am the Head of the Humanities Faculty and the Year 13 Dean.
I was born and bred in Hastings and moved to Wairoa in 2012 after teaching at Rathkeale College in Masterton. During my overseas travel I also taught in South Korea and Colombia. I am married to Cathy.
Kia ora. Ko Jeanne Clayton-Greene toku ingoa.
I have been associated with Wairoa College since 1984. I have been working in the education
system both in state schools and private, in New Zealand and overseas. I have run businesses
outside of the education sector and have a lot of experiences which I hope to bring to the
table to help support our wonderful tamariki reach their full potential.
Kia Ora, my name is Bethany Kerley and I am the Student Representative on the Board of
Trustees. I am born and bred in Wairoa and was homeschooled by my mum until Year 9 when I
started attending Wairoa College with my brother.
I am excited to be the student voice to the board in 2022 and look forward to hearing from
students with their ideas for the school.
My name is Louise Greaves, and I am a mother of three and a teacher at Frasertown
School. I was born in Gisborne, and my family and I moved to Wairoa 5 years ago
to farm. I have taught in both rural and urban schools across Gisborne, Wairoa, and
Raetihi. I have a keen interest in education, and I am passionate about helping our
children grow into young adults who are the best version of themselves. As a mother
with children at college and an ex-teacher of many current Wairoa College students, I
am incredibly invested and honoured to be in this role and advocate for our tamariki.
My name is Rob Unwin and I am married to Fran and have resided in the Wairoa district
all of my life. I have been involved in different community organisations including the
Wairoa A & P Society, Wairoa Ski Club, Wairoa Museum Trust.
Along with my wife Francesca we operate two businesses in town.
We currently have our youngest of three boys Lochie attending Wairoa College.
Having been in business for over thirty years I am lucky enough to have met and
worked with a diverse range of people and have gained experience in areas such as
strategic and financial planning.
I am passionate about the Wairoa community and believe there is untapped potential
in our youth. I am here to help support the management team in enabling the students
to fulfil their potential whether it be into employment or further education.
My name is Luana Mitchell. I currently work at the Wairoa Community Centre. I have 5
children, with 2 of them attending Wairoa College.
I am actively involved in a lot of sports in the community, through my work and in the
schools, running the netball and basketball school’s competitions and also coaching various
The reason I wanted to be a BOT member was to have a voice for our whanau when it is
needed and to be more active for the school. As I have children attending, I want to know
the best is offered for them in all aspects of schooling.