How PPTA is organised: structures
PPTA / Te Wehengarua supports teachers through local, regional and national structures and networks.
The Communities pages are where you will find out more about our networks.
There is a PPTA branch in each school, making the branch the most immediate and significant level of involvement for most members.
17,000 members in 560 branches (schools).
Each branch is autonomous.
Many branches are now led by an elected collective of branch officials, among whom tasks are shared out as they arise.
A branch receives funds from their region.
The effective performance of branch officers is crucial to ensure that the Association receives accurate and clear messages about what is happening in schools and what members want, and for members to receive the information and assistance in their working lives to which they are entitled.
PPTA branches are divided into 24 regions throughout New Zealand. Regions are autonomous and led by elected regional officers: chairperson, secretary, treasurer, women's co-ordinator, te reo-a-rohe and Pasifika co-ordinators.
Each region is responsible for:
- forming links between the branches in its area and links between its branches and the Executive;
- discussing matters referred to it by the Executive;
- considering remits from its branches and forwarding such remits to the Executive if approved by the regional organisation;
- appointing representatives to attend annual and special conferences;
- originating discussion on matters concerned with education in general and with secondary education in particular;
- controlling regional finances;
- supplying to the Executive before 31 May each year a report on its activities for the previous year.
The PPTA executive is the governing body of the association and is made up of members elected from the 24 regions, plus Māori and Pasifika representatives. Members also elect the PPTA president and vice-president.
Jack Boyle Sacred Heart College
Senior Vice President
Angela Roberts Stratford High School
Junior Vice President
Melanie Webber Western Springs College
Te Whare Turuwhenua
Kaitautoko (Te Huarahi)
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake:
Henare Hutana Te Aute College,
Miriama Barton Hamilton Boys’ High School,
Wiki Te Tau Reliever
Natalie Faitala Wesley College
Miles Winter Mountainview High School
Kylee Houpapa (Southern) Auckland Girls’ Grammar School
Lawrence Mikkelsen (Eastern) Selwyn College
Austen Pageau (Northern) Birkenhead College
Melanie Webber (Western) Western Springs College
Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau: Glenn Cassidy Tokoroa High School
Canterbury: Jacinta Grice Hillmorton High School
Counties-Manukau: Rodger Barlow Pukekohe High School
Hawkes Bay/East Coast: Lisa Larwood Flaxmere College
Hutt Valley/Wairarapa: Chris Carr Hutt Valley High School
Manawatu-Whanganui: Rob Torr Wanganui Collegiate School
Nelson/West Coast: Ellen Curnow Buller High School
Northland: Graham Sharp Okaihau College
Otago: Joe Hunter Otago Girls’ High School
Southland: Chris Abercrombie James Hargest College
Taranaki: Simon Reid Opunake High School
Thames Valley/Western Bay of Plenty: Tania Rae Mt Maunganui College
Waikato: Vinnie Monga Fairfield College
Wellington/Marlborough: Kevin Greig Aotea College, and Graham Smith Marlborough Boys’ College
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake
Te Huarahi's role is to advise Māori members and to act as a channel for their concerns; to consider and represent those concerns to Executive; and liaise with Māori members, particularly the regional Te Reo-ā-Rohe network. Te Huarahi has responsibility for making decisions which impact on Māori members.
Te Huarahi is the national Māori body elected on an iwi geographical basis by Māori members of the Association (Rule 75). Te Huarahi annually elects three of its current members to serve on the national Executive.
Where Executive or Te Huarahi wishes to resolve a question about Ngā Take Māori, a group consisting of Te Huarahi's representatives and an equal number of Executive members meet to find an appropriate solution as Te Rōpū Matua.
Members of Te Huarahi are elected by members on PPTA's Māori electoral roll to represent the following tribal areas: Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Waikato, Mataatua, Te Arawa, Tai Rāwhiti, Taranaki, Whānganui, Horowhenua / Manawatu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Whanganui-a-Tara ki Ōtaki, Ōtepoti / Murihiku, Waitaha, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui.
Kaumātua and Whaea
The Kaumātua and Whaea are chosen by Te Huarahi to assist and support Association matters and are entitled to participate in all aspects of the Association.
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake 2018-2019
Richard Amaroa – Dargaville High School
Johnny Waititi – Westlake Boys’ High School
Vincent Hapi – Wesley College
Pōwhiri Rika-Heke – Alfriston College
Miriama Barton – Hamilton Boys’ High School
Hēmi Ferris-Bretherton – Te Kura o Hirangi
Tairāwhiti (shared role)
Trish Tangaroa – Gisborne Girls High School
Noeline Terere – Lytton High School
Hēnare Hūtana – Te Aute College
Horowhenua / Manawatu
Zeb Nicklin- Awatapu College
Awakairangi / Wairarapa
Johni Rutene – Chanel College
Whanganui-ā-Tara ki Ōtaki
Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui
Otepoti / Murihiku
Wiki Te Tau – Reliever
PPTA service awards
The annual PPTA Service Awards are designed to recognise significant contributions members or former members have made to fellow members and the Association through their activism, leadership and commitment in their service to the association
Award candidates must be nominated by at least two other current full members.
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