Dominic Killalea,

I was appointed as Deputy Principal at the end of 2005 and as Principal in 2017. I have owrked in this school for over 12 years and I am passionate about our school’s identity and place in the heart of Wellington and I want our students to be a part of creative, collaborative and active communities. Our rich 131 year history has had us at the forefront of best educational practice over and over with our students at the core. We recognise that the individual has their own measure of success and excellence and we work closely with them and their whānau over a range of areas – academic, sporting, cultural, social and personal – to enable them to achieve their goals.

Parent & Community Trustees

Deanne Daysh, BEd (Chair)

Being involved in our children’s education is of absolute importance to me.  In recent times I have demonstrated leadership in education and governance and I am therefore able to offer practical skills to the Board from both a parents and a teaching perspective.  My extensive governance experience includes being on Boards of Trustees both in New Zealand and the UK.  We have a daughter currently at Wellington High School, and a daughter and a son who have completed Year 13.  My passion for education enables me to offer energy and experience that focuses on students and will assist the school in achieving results in student learning and achievement at Wellington High School.

Chris Roberts (Deputy Chair)

I was very pleased to be elected to the Board in June 2016. Rachel and I have two sons at Wellington High School. When they were a bit younger I spent 8 years on the Board of Owhiro Bay Primary School, including 4 years as Chair.  My day job is Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, the peak body representing New Zealand tourism businesses. Wellington High School is thriving and I am happy to contribute my experience to the important governance oversight role of the Board.

Crane Amaru – Te Aitanga a Hauiti

I have three children.  Our eldest, Tyra, is in Year 11 at WHS.  I am a proud member of the Te Whanau a Taraika and am passionate about building and strengthening our community within Wellington High School.  From this membership I was appointed the privilege of being on the BOT as one of two Whanau Representatives and then at the recent elections, elected by the community to continue in this work.  I intend to do my utmost to hold true to the values of W.E.R.O whilst assisting our tamariki and whanau to continue to achieve and contribute to our school and community.

Ariana Tikao  

He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa o te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu. My name is Ariana Tikao and I am the mother of two senior students at Wellington High School. I am from a heritage, library and arts background, and I am currently a ‘Research Librarian, Māori’ at the Alexander Turnbull Library. I have contributed to my whānau, hapū and iwi development over many years, including holding roles as secretary of Ōnuku marae, iwi representative on the board of the Canterbury Museum, and acting as the alternative representative for Ōnuku Rūnanga on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the governance body of Ngāi Tahu, prior to moving to Wellington five years ago. I am pleased to be representing our unique school community on the board of Wellington High School.


Kasey McDonnell

I am a former student of Wellington High School and my goal on the Board is to bridge the gap between the student and parent perspective. My experience being on a Board of Trustees comes from being a student representative at Wanganui High School. When I moved to Wellington High in 2013, I was introduced to the unique culture of our school. Now, as a Board member, I strive to reflect that culture in the decisions we make as a Board.

Annette Atkins

I was co-opted onto the Wellington High School Board in August 2016.  I have a son and daughter at Wellington High School, and a son at primary school.  I have been a member of Te Whanau a Taraika since 2014, the parent led group at WHS focused primarily on lifting achievement for Maori students.  I believe very much in New Zealand education and in the ability of New Zealanders to compete and contribute on a par with the best in the world.  In my former career, I advised many different organisations to achieve growth and improve the work they were doing.  I am now establishing my own business in a creative field.  I look forward to applying my skills and experience to my role with the Board.

Staff Trustee

Charlene Aramoana 

Kia ora koutou
I have worked at WHS since 2002, but have been associated with Te Whanau a Taraika and Kapa Haka since 2001.  I started on ground support and moved into administration in 2003 as the Attendance Officer. I coach and organise the WHS Dragon Boating Team for students and staff and I take care of our marae, Taraika and Hineakau. I have also had a roopū for the past 3 years. I have a very good relationship with the staff here and being on the Board means that WHS staff will have representation and a voice.

Student Trustees

Arie Faber & Maya Neupane

Kia ora
Our names are Maya and Arie and we have been voted in to represent the student voice here at Wellington High School. Our job is to bring the voices of our student body to higher management to make real and proper change for the better in our school community. Personally, we hope to focus primarily on environmental and social change that we believe can be made within our school.
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