Tihei Mauri Ora!
He whaikororia ki Te Atua i runga rawa.
He maungarongo ki runga ki te whenua.
He whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa.
Ko Taranaki te Maunga e rū ana tōku ngākau.
Ko Merope, ko Isle of France, ko The Bulwark ngā waka.
Ko Waimea te awa, he waiora, he wai takoro.
Ngāti Pakeha te iwi. No Huiterangi rāua ko Aerani ōku tipuna.
Ko Dowd toku whānau. Ko Joe rāua Freda ōku mātua.
Ko au te potiki o tōku whanau. I whānau mai ahau ki Waihōpai.
I tipu ana ahau ki Ngāmotu. Kei Ngāmotu tōku Kainga.
Ko Tania tōku hoa rangatira. Nō te whenua o te iwi moemoea ia.
Ko Max raua ko Blake aku tama.
Ko Mike Dowd tōku ingoa.
He Pouwhakahaere ahau mo Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga.
Tuturu whakamaua kia tina! tina! haumie hui e! taiki e.
No reira, Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa.
Mike Dowd is a Leadership Advisor for the Taranaki Region. He lives in New Plymouth, Taranaki.
Mike is an experienced principal and educational leader. His teaching career prior to being a school leader was largely in New Plymouth schools. The last 15 years of his school leadership was as the Principal of St Joseph’s School, New Plymouth where he was actively involved in the New Plymouth Principals Association. For two years he co-chaired the New Plymouth Principals Association in a collaborative co-chair role. Mike has also been the Chair of the Taranaki Catholic Principals Association, the Diocese of Palmerston North Primary Principals Association and spent time on the NZ Catholic Primary Principals Executive Committee. Mike also has fond memories of teaching in Jakarta, Indonesia for two years in the early 2000’s.
His areas of expertise and interest include:
• cultural proactivity
• building quality relationships
• school visioning and localised curriculum
• developing leadership capability
• school resourcing.
Mike is married to his wife, Tania, who is also an educator. They have two boys in their late teens. In his spare time Mike really enjoys spending time with family and socialising with friends. He enjoys cooking, watching and participating in sport, and loves to travel.