Dargaville High School Board Student Representative

School Board

Board Secretary : board@darghigh.school.nz

School Board Register 2022

NameBoard PositionMember Type
Kim McCahon Presiding Member Elected
Sheree Corston Board Secretary  
Michael Houghton Principal  
Geoff Prentice Staff Representative Elected
Damein Van De Weerd-Fischer Student Representative Elected
Chris Mason Member Elected
Winifred Frood Member Elected
Brenden Nathan Member Elected
Regan Walters Member Elected

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.

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.

Damein Van De Weerd-Fischer
Hi, I'm Damein Van De Weerd-Fischer and I was elected as student representative for 2022. I am currently a year 10 and I was born and raised in Dargaville where I attended Dargaville Primary and Dargaville Intermediate and in each I was given the role of councilor. The reason I wanted to join the board was because I wanted to contribute my ideas, help support the students and let their ideas be heard. Outside of school I enjoy playing the guitar and sports such as cricket and rugby.