Parent Representative - Board Chair
Since 2006 Patrick has served as a Parents Rep, Treasurer and for the last 3 years as Chairman of the Board. During this time he has been involved in a number of successes enjoyed by the school from the new administration building, the ongoing achievement of our children and the ranking of our school by ERO in the top 10% of all schools nationally. He sees challenges still remaining and as a consequence is happy to continue offering his expertise in governance education and law to serve the school and its families.
An Auckland University alumnus, Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1984 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1986. His professional career started with the leading NZ law firm Chapman Tripp, and later I joined Telecom (Auckland) where he was appointed Corporate Legal Counsel. Then in 1991, Patrick accepted the opportunity to work offshore as a Banking Lawyer for Standard Chartered Bank Equitor and the Bank of Bermuda Trust Company.After returning from overseas in 1995, he was appointed by ACC as the head of Auckland regional contracting.
Since 1998 he has successfully led initiatives to address the inequities faced by Maori and Pasifika peoples in employment, health and education. At various times he has held directorships in private training establishments, served on the trust boards for Youthline NZ, Pacific Rim Community Trust and Young Leaders NZ (Chairman).
Currently he is the head of RIM Consultants and a partner in syENGAGE. RIM is a specialist practice that offers Business and HR expertise, on behalf of government agencies, community groups and private companies, whilst sy-ENGAGE specializes in social media marketing.
With a passion for education he has lectured in commercial law at AUT and UNITEC on their degree and diploma programmes.
Married to Lily they have four active boys and beautiful twin girls. All their children are part of the St Josephs school family and they both enjoy contributing to the life of the school.
Joe and his wife are proud parents of three children; two are currently students of St Josephs - Makaya and Jamesyn. He also has several nieces and nephews who have previously attended and are currently attending St Joseph’s.
Joe attended St Joseph’s Otahuhu though his brothers, sisters and cousins all attended St Joseph’s Onehunga. He also attended De La Salle College under the guidance of Principal Brother Pat Lynch from whom he learnt the importance of setting goals and achieving results through hard work, patience and persistence.
From college Joe began working in the security industry which led to work in Retail Loss Prevention, and later Sky City Ltd where he worked for 9 years in the Security Department leading to the role of Assistant Team Manager. He now works at Coca Cola Amatil.
Joe has previously been involved with St Joseph’s PTFA and applauds the achievements they have accomplished to date. He is a parishioner at Holy Cross Parish Papatoetoe where he grew up in and was once a Sunday school teacher within the Samoan community. In the past he has worked with Youth at Risk in Otara guiding them to make positive choices in life and escape the darker paths of society.
He is keen to advocate for the needs of parents and their children.
Parent Representative - Board Secretary
Leilani was an only child of her Samoan mother from Falealili in Samoa and her Fijian/Irish/Scottish father from Suva in Fiji. Her son Noah, is in the junior school and he carries an Atiuan-Cook Island background from his Dad-Henry which according to Leilani makes his heritage rather like a “mixed bag of lollies”.
Over the last 10 years, Leilani has worked as a Careers Advisor where many of her students (aged over 16) did not do well in school. She has seen first-hand the need for our children to do well in their education and to aspire to worthwhile careers in the future.
Leilani believes the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is very true. Parents cannot just rely on a school and a school cannot just rely on its parents to see children learn successfully. A combination of passion & drive is needed to see every SJS student achieve and that is why she wants to be involved at a governance level.
Herb is a New Zealand born Samoan originating from Mangere where he was educated before furthering his education at Auckland University of Techology gaining an NZCE (mechanical / metallurgy) and NZCD (drafting / architecture).
Herb moved to Onehunga 10 years ago and is married to Pip. They have two sons, one at St Joseph’s and one to come.
Herb is self-employed, running a building and maintenance business.
As well as an interest is sport he is a freelance DJ. doing such gigs for weddings, 21st birthdays and dance parties.
Herb sees his involvement on the board as a great opportunity to be closely involved not only with his son's progress and achievement, but also with the school's.
Martha was born and raised in Auckland. She has a Pasifika background with her mother from the Cook Islands and her father from Samoa. She considers herself a kiwi at heart but is also proud to be Pasifika.
Martha is currently employed as a sales representative for a catering company and is in the process of becoming a small business owner with Herbal Life Products.
Her qualifications and experience in business and hospitality management have given her the ability to interact with all types of people and cultures.
Martha and her partner Tu’aefe have two children at St Joseph’s.
Matha's interests revolve around the interests of her children which is why she is also an acitve member of the St Joseph’s PTFA and has taken on coaching of St Joseph’s Marist Rippa Rugby.
Martha has joined the board to help provide a creative and different insight into school matters. She loves to support the school wherever possible and enjoys being part of our Catholic community.
Deacon David Randall
Deacon Dave has been a member of the SJS board since its inception in 1989. His connection with the school and parish spans 50 + years. Deacon Dave was a past pupil and parent of the school. He was also involved on the PTFA and school committee. For 20 years Dave was chairman of the SJS board.
As well as continuing to be an active member of the school board he is very involved in the life of the parish as a deacon and works part time as a prison chaplain.
The school is fortunate to have the benefit of "institutional memory" with Dave on the board.
In 2012 Deacon Dave was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the NZ Catholic Education Office for his services to Catholic education - a well deserved acknowledgement for his sterling service to the school and parish community.
Eileen has been a teacher on the staff for many years. Three generations of Harris's have attended St Joseph's and Eileen has contributed to the many positive changes in the school during her time here.
Eileen teaches at the Year4/5 level of the school. She has a keen interest in Art and is curriculum team leader of this subject. She is also the teacher in charge of library and is leading the school's new focus on modern learning environments.
As staff rep. Eileen provides a valuable link for the board between the governance and management roles and those people on the staff working directly with our children.