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Ministry of Education.

Darrell Waiti

Position: Ngā Manutaki (Regional Coordinator) - Wellington / Horowhenua / Tararua / Wairarapa

Phone: 027 5007558

Email: darwai@waikato.ac.nz

Darrell Waiti


I am married with four children and have two mokopuna. I started with He Kākano in October this year and am based in Wellington City.

I grew up in Rotorua with my father’s people (Ngāti Pikiao). My mother is from Parihaka in Taranaki. Upon leaving St Stephens School, I attended Auckland University and after a few years working for TVNZ, decided to join my wife in the teaching profession. My first appointment was Fairfield College in Hamilton. After three years I moved to Ngaruawahia High School and then was appointed Principal at Te Aute College in Central Hawkes Bay. Six years later I moved with my whānau to Wellington (to be close to our first mokopuna). I spent a year in Māori Qualifications at NZQA and then two years as Principal of Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria.

The opportunity came to travel overseas so I took my whānau to Rarotonga where I was the Principal of the National College of the Cook Islands (Tereora). At the completion of my contract, we returned to Wellington and I spent 12 months as a Reviewer with the Education Review Office. When the Principal of Te Aute College resigned, I returned as acting Principal for 15 months. Then I returned to St Bernards College in the Lower Hutt as HoD Māori and Director of Māori Achievement.

My main passion is Māori education but I also enjoy sport, particularly rugby, golf and squash. To relax, I like to dive for kaimoana.

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