Executive Contacts

 

HETTANZ National Office

PO Box 10612
Wellington 6011

Phone: 04 473 8043

For all general enquiries, please contact us here.

National Executive

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Sarah Wirth

Position

President

Phone Number(s)

Mobile: 021 875 922
Work: 04 476 8707

Email

president@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

A creative, results driven, student focused, leader and teacher with experience in fashion, textiles design, art and technology. I am Assistant Head of Technology Marsden Collegiate School, Karori Wellington since 2007. I have been a member of HETTANZ since 2007 and on the HETTANZ executive since 2010. I like developing innovative technology programmes with a focus on creativity and community networks. I embrace technologies in my year 7 – 13 programmes while focusing on skills in textiles adapting the Technology curriculum to respond to student needs. Having had a career in hospitality prior to my teaching career. A recipient of the HETTANZ Scholarship 2014. I am currently working towards my Masters of Education Victoria University.

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Prue Rehu

Position

Immediate Past President

Phone Number(s)

Mobile: 027 253 4844
Work: 09 274 4081 Ext 222

Email

past-president@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

I am Head of Technology at Sancta Maria College in Auckland. I have been teaching since 1979, after graduating from Secondary Teachers College in Auckland (Home Economics / PE). I completed a BEd degree from Massey University and a Diploma ToEFL overseas, through Cambridge University. I have taught at Otahuhu College, Hauraki Plains College and was HOD at Hamilton Girls’ High School. Our family then moved to Brunei, and returned in 2003, where I taught Textiles at Onehunga High and then moved to Botany Downs College at HOD Food Technology.

In my downtime I enjoy creating stuff from ceramics, cakes for special occasions, working with fabric and other multi-materials. I enjoy time at home with Jacob, Campbell & Eva and our 2 dogs, Ted & Ellie.

Sharyn Macpherson

Sharyn Macpherson

Position

Vice President

Phone Number(s)

Work: 09 415 9566

Email

vicepresident@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

I teach Food and Textiles Technology at Kristin School in Albany. I am also the Middle School Curriculum Manager for Technology. I have experience in teaching at a range of levels and using standards from a wide range of areas, including Home and Life Sciences, Technology and Hospitality. I really enjoy class room teaching and learning new skills to improve our students learning experiences.

I have been a HETTANZ member since 1987, and have played an active role holding several positions in the Auckland branch and previously in the Bay of Plenty. In my spare time I enjoy quilting and scrap-booking and spending time with my family.

Regional Representatives

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Ritu Sehji

Region

Region A – Northern North Island

Phone Number(s)

Work:   09 410 8667

Email

nni@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

I am an educator, an author and a presenter. I am a recipient of the Endeavour Teacher Fellowship Award, managed by Royal Society of New Zealand in 2013. I gained a new perspective in digital and collaborative learning at the MindLab, following a Next Generation scholarship I received in 2015.

I teach more than just food technology at an all-boys school and incorporate an integrated cross curricular approach to projects. I am passionate about changing perceptions in the field of technology education through innovative contexts. I have a constant drive to experience new challenges, take up opportunities to grow and encourage my student to do the same.

I am also a professional learning group facilitator at my school and my group has focused on Independent learning and self-management in students. I use different platforms and apps to learn, connect with educators from around the world and teach my students in this ever evolving digitally savvy world.

Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross

Region

Region B – Central North Island

Email

cni@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

This year I have moved to Morrinsville College after working last year for the University of Auckland as a Technology Facilitator as part of the Secondary Student Achievement (SSA) project in the Central North team. Prior to that I was Leader of Curriculum Technology at Melville High School for five years. I moved to Melville High School after seven and a half years at Taumarunui High School. I have taught Home Economics, Food Technology and Hospitality from Year 9 to Level 3. I have been a HETTANZ Member since 2006.

I am also an Executive member on the Waikato PPTA committee, and a member of the PPTA middle leadership task-force looking into the challenges facing curriculum middle leaders in New Zealand secondary schools. I am part of the Ministry of Education task-force advising them on Vocational Pathways.

I completed my Post Graduate certificate in Coaching Mentoring in 2016 and am hoping to finish my Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Waikato this year.

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Sue Hannaway

Region

Region C – Central New Zealand

Phone Number(s)

Work: 04 478 8189

Email

cnz@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

I am currently Technology Learning area Leader at Onslow College in Wellington. My specialist area is Fashion & Textiles, though I also have teaching experience in Home Economics, Food Technology and Graphics.I have been a HETTANZ member since 1994.

After arriving from the UK, HETTANZ was a lifeline to a ‘fresh off the plane’ teacher. It continues to be a great support for me both in the classroom and personally. In my down time my passion is anything fabric (with a strong hint of sustainability mixed in) – I am a budding quilter with diminishing shelf space and too many UFO’s (unfinished objects!) I have been an active member of the Wellington HETTANZ branch committee for a number of years and have previously taken on the CNZ regional representative role in 2009/10.

In changing times I feel that it is crucial to continue to support a strong subject association and am keen to bring the views of Central New Zealand teachers to the National Executive. I look forward to representing the region and making a contribution our subject association. “ Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much “ – Helen Keller

 

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Judy Coleman

Region

Region D – Northern South Island

Phone Number(s)

Work: 03 352 6119

Email

nsi@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

I’ve been reaching over 30 years in New Zealand, mostly in a range of schools in Christchurch and the UK. I am a passionate traveler, love children, quilting, cats and gardening. I work hard and have a great social life with special friends.

I’ve been an HOD for many years and I am currently Assistant HOD with responsibility for Hospitality at Papanui High School. I enjoy working with a wide range of people in all HETTANZ subject areas. I believe in Home Economics as a subject area and have campaigned hard to have it recognized as the great curriculum area it is.

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Catharine Kan

Region

Region E – Southern South Island

Phone Number(s)

Work: 03 455 0113

Email

ssi@hettanz.org.nz

Bio

As a facilitator I am interested in the exploration of teaching Technology outside of the curriculum. My aim in the position of Southern South Island Regional Representative is to encourage networks and provide learning opportunities amongst teachers in the region. My goal is to inform members of updates and opportunities for feedback and consultation processes. Connecting Technology education with communities is a focus for the future.