Group photo of the principal leadership advisors
Group photo of the principal leadership advisors
Principals and schools
Ngā Kaitohutohu Matua

Leadership advisors

The advisory team providing tailored support for principals
Group photo of the principal leadership advisors

The leadership advisory service is a unique service designed and delivered by principals, for principals. 

About the service

The service currently has a cohort of 16 seconded or recent principals across Te Mahau. 

Each cohort of leadership advisors draws on decades of experience with principals coming from rural and urban schools, contributing and full primary schools, and area and secondary schools. 

Ngā kura ā Iwi and Te Rūnanga Nui also provide leadership advisory support for their partnered schools.

The service has 4 special focus leadership advisors this year in addition to the regional leadership advisors. These include:

  • An area school advisor (based in Te Waipounamu).
  • A Pacific advisor (based in Tāmaki).
  • A cyclone-recovery advisor (based in Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti}.
  • An advisor Māori tumuaki in Aoraki kura (based in Bay of Plenty/Waiariki).

What the service provides

The leadership advisors share their first-hand knowledge of school leadership to support other principals across New Zealand. 

Support can be practical or strategic, with each advisor bringing their own and the wider team’s experience to your table. 

The service supports principals in areas such as:

  • developing leadership capability
  • leading learning and teaching
  • supporting attendance and engagement initiatives
  • addressing school management and system issues
  • recruitment and staffing
  • principal and staff wellbeing
  • school board and community relationships
  • governmental change programmes.

The leadership advisors will also help broker the right advice across the wider Te Mahau team and ministry. 

Tailored support

The team provides support in ways that work best for you. 

Most support is offered kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face), with phone and teams also used to keep in touch. 

Support can be provided in your school or at a place most suitable to you and your needs. This could be one to one or with a cluster, association, Kāhui Ako or Professional Learning Group.

How to get in touch

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