Raewyn Himona


Nominated for:

  • Vice President

Ae mai, ae mai
I welcome your challenge
ki te whae o nono, ki te whae o kaheto e
The victory will be ours
Aoraki matatū hei!
Aoraki be ever proud!

Ko Aoraki, Ko Rangutūmau ngā maunga
Ko Uruao, ko Takitimu, ko Kurahaupo ngā waka
Ko Waimakariri, ko Ruamāhanga, ko Te Awakairangi ngā awa
Ko Tūāhuriri, ko Ngāti Kuri, ko Ngāti Hāmua ngā hapū.
Ko Ngāi Tahu, Ko Ngati Mamoe, Ko Waitaha, ko Rangitāne ki
Wairarapa, ko Te Ati Awa, ko Ngāti Kahungungu ngā iwi.


Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

University of Canterbury

  • 2015 Master of Education
  • 2003 Post Graduate Diploma in Bilingual Education

Te Wānanga o Raukawa

013 Postgraduate Certificate in Bilingual Education

Reading Recovery- English and Māori medium 1999

University of Auckland Diploma of Teaching 1993


Current Work/Mahi

Haeata Community Campus School, Aranui, CHRISTCHURCH

Assistant Principal Y1-13


Work experience:

Kaiāwhina, Parent support Te Kōhanga Reo, Teacher( Yr 1-13), Reliever, Principal(Area School),

Kaitakawaenga PLD Facilitator-Canterbury University.


Work Places:

Tuakau, Papakura, Takanini(5 years), Central Wellington(3 years), Masterton, Wairarapa(5 years)

Christchurch 12 years, Nelson(1.5 years)


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

  • Vice President 1 year
  • Member of National Executive 4 years
  • Kaihautū 3 years
  • Te Reo Areare 5 years
  • AT Secretary
  • Guest speaker and facilitator for various NZEI events and webinar.


Other background and personal information

I have never left the Education System since I entered it as a 5 year old at Waterloo Primary in Lower Hutt, Wellington. I was labelled as 'special needs" because no one could understand what I was saying. Being the pōtiki(the baby of the family) only my mother could understand me. It took 2 years to be diagnosed with a speech impediment and this is something I struggle with everyday in my life. Funnily enough when I speak te reo Māori I don't have it. This experience has given me a unique perspective of the needs of our most vulnerable ākonga. When I had children I realized I needed to learn my language Te Reo Māori for the future of my and my tamariki, whanau, hapū, and my iwi.

I have been a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa since I was a beginning teacher in 1994. I was lucky enough to begin my teaching career in Tuakau, Papakura and Takanini. It was difficult to get work back then but it was an exciting and scary time as Pay Parity and 'Susan's Shoe' was the kaupapa of the time. It was accepted back then that you needed 2 jobs to live as a teacher and that's what we did to survive.

As a single māmā with an amazing supportive whanau with me, I wanted a career where I could see my tamariki everyday and I was determined to make sure they grew up in their native language whilst receiving a quality education.

I've enjoyed all my teaching experiences around the country, from mainstream, bilingual, to kura kaupapa, which has given me insight to local and regional issues. I've been an advocate, an activist, and a protester, since I was born. Every person is a politician, as we as educators, parents and union members advocate every day of our lives whether it be in our kāinga(homes), in our workplaces, our communities or on the marae.

I am currently the Vice President of NZEI(since the beginning of the year). I was a member of Te Reo Areare for 5 years and have been a member of National Executive for the past 4 years. I've had the honour to represent Te Waipounamu as Kaihautū on Te Reo Areare. I've attended and spoken at a range of Education conferences, hui, PUM and a range of NZEI National hui and at Annual Conference on many kaupapa. I've had lots of experience in our sector, MOE groups representing education and advocating for our mokopuna. I am also currently the assistant principal in a new area school which embraces a play based, and child led philosophy, and I am a kaiako in a bilingual setting. As an educator, I am always challenging and evolving.

Nominated by Pipiri Mananui ki Te Waipounamu. Supported by Waitaha Area Council & Murihiku Area Council Branch.

E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū
The tūī chatters, the kākā cackles and the kererū coos.
(A whakataukī suggesting that it takes all kinds of people ...)