Dargaville High School Board Student Representative

School Board

Board Secretary : board@darghigh.school.nz

School Board Register 2021

NameBoard PositionMember Type
Kim McCahon Presiding Member Elected
Sheree Corston Board Secretary  
Michael Houghton Principal  
Geoff Prentice Staff Representative Elected
Kohatu Donovan Student Representative Elected
Chris Mason Member Elected
Winifred Frood Member Elected
Brenden Nathan Member Elected
Regan Walters Member Elected
Neil Hopkins Member Co-opted
Kalala Raeli Member Co-opted

Board Profiles

Kim McCahon
Hi, I’m Kim McCahon, Max the farmer’s wife and mum to Sam, Matt, Jake and Kees. I also have a hairdressing business in town. Our boys are all proud past and present students of DHS. I have been on the BOT for DHS for the last two and a half years, so far it has been a great experience, challenging at times but great for my personal development and have loved the opportunity to be part of the community in this capacity.

Michael Houghton (Principal)
Originally born in England, I grew up and attended school in Picton. After graduating from Canterbury University and Christchurch Teachers College, I started my teaching career at Wairoa College.
I have been working in the education sector for more than 25 years, mostly in the North Island and including 2 years at Otamatea High School. Most recently I was Principal of Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North.
My passion is providing pathways and opportunities for students to experience success. Important to this is building partnerships with families and whanau as well as the wider community.
I am married, with 2 children still at home. Both attend Dargaville High School. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music as well as reading and gardening.

Geoff Prentice
Kia ora koutou katoa,
I joined Dargaville High School in May 2017 to lead and teach in the Social Sciences. I became the staff representative on the board this year and am pleased to join such a collegial and passionate group. Having a vision of DHS being a transformative experience for all students, staff and whanau is important to me. Working together to help create a culture of greater manākitanga, respect and pride in our kura by including all, is an exciting journey to be on. I hail from Whanganui A Tara (Wellington) and with my lovely Japanese wife, Yoshiko, have four tamariki and four mokopuna in our immediate whanau.

Neil Hopkins
I work as a GP at Dargaville Medical Centre, along with Bev, my wife.
My long association with DHS includes having been a former pupil myself, my 4 children attending through until 2007 and since 2001 being a parent Trustee.
I have seen the passion and enthusiasm that respective Boards of Trustees have brought the role of governance, most of which is behind the scenes. There have been some important times however when the Board takes a much higher profile.
I have been impressed at the dedication and commitment of the management and staff at this high school. I have seen how with careful planning and attention to detail at a governance level, it is possible to make significant changes that are outworked by the staff and improve the learning outcomes for our students. The school serves our community well, and it is our role as parent reps on the board to ensure that we keep aiming for excellence.

Chris Mason
I am a former pupil of Dargaville High School and currently have my oldest son in year 10. I have 5 years previous governance experience on the Dargaville Primary School Board including the appointment of the current principal.
I am driven to provide the best governance possible for Dargaville High School to produce the best learning outcomes possible for our students. I work in the mechanical engineering industry at my family business here in Dargaville and have employed and trained pupils from DHS over the last 15 years. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Winifred Frood BASS; PostGradDipClinical Teaching; PostGradCert Supervision.
I'm Wini and I work as a counsellor/advocate for a NGO that covers the Tai Tokerau region. I'm a farmer’s wife and we have a blended family with a history of attendance and current attendance at Dargaville High School.
I am passionate about education, equality, our tamariki and all things Maori. In the words of Dame Whina, 'Take care of our children, take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel, for how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.

Brenden Eruera Nathan
Kia ora,
Born and raised in Dargaville, my education began at both local Kindergartens, Dargaville Primary, Dargaville Intermediate, then a brief term at Dargaville High School before being sent to boarding school at Wesley College.
I attended Massey University Albany for four years studying a BA Social Science & Policy. I returned to Dargaville to raise a family with wife Hellen Ashby-Nathan and now have 5 children, 2 current students and 2 to attend.
I am currently on the Board for Te Kopuru School, Co-Club Captain of the Western Sharks Rugby and an employee of Dargaville Ford.
I’m a loyal supporter of community growth and development within our Kaipara district and the promotion of opportunity for youth to excel in education and sports.
I’m excited to contribute to the DHS Board of Trustees and will encourage the development of a positive environment, and the provisions for the best facilities for our future learners.

Kohatu Donovan
My name is Kohatu Donovan, remember the name.
Originally born in Auckland but Homegrown as they say. Oldest in a family of 7, at which one of my brothers and sisters go here. I am socially driven by politics, videogames, music, and technology.
I specialize in social communiqué, political influence, making correct decisions in stressful times and keeping the confidential confidential.
My time here in Dargaville has been a blast and I hope more to come from it but not just for me but for the good people within it, for it is a privilege to have them.
I do find myself probably being a Film Director or a paid Musician in the future and my dream is to pursue music and film directing.
In my spare time I enjoy creating music, playing videogames with my friends, and listening to music.
Being a Student Representative is quite a hard role to fill, it requires time, time management, initiative, taking responsibility, good communication and good reputation. I'm hoping I fill that roll.

Kalala Raeli
I'm Kalala Raeli. I am a teacher at Dargaville Intermediate School. Married to Tui who previously taught at Dargaville High School, we have 3 daughters. Our eldest completed her time at DHS in 2019 and is now studying at the University of Otago. Our second oldest has just started in Year 9 and the youngest attending St Joseph's Primary School.
I am passionate about education and firmly believe in it being a pathway to open up opportunities for our young people. With that in mind, I believe that being on the school board allows me the opportunity to contribute to our tamariki’s future at a governance level.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini.”
My successes are not mine alone, they are ours,
The greatest successes we will have are from working together.

Ia manuia!