The Runanga Tauira is Westland High School’s Student Council. They provide student leadership within the school, raise funds for school equipment and other worthy causes and help to run and organise assemblies, mufti days, and socials (dances).
The Runanga Tauira is made up of 21 students and 3 support staff. There is a combination of elected and co-opted members. Each year an Executive Committee is elected made up of 2 co-chairs (school leaders), a vice chair, a secretary and a treasurer. These five take responsibility for setting agendas, chairing meetings, organising assemblies, organising correspondence and other administrative and leadership tasks.
The Runanga provide great support to our students, staff and community. This page will be used to report back to students the work the Runanga are doing in the community and as a repository for minutes and other documents.
The Runanga currently consists of sixteen students: Ryan Bloomfield (Co-chairperson), Shantelle Godfrey (Co-chairperson), Jack Parkinson, Louie Neale, Tara Robinson (Co-treasurer), Lila Gibbens (Co-treasurer), Paige Kirk, Eden Power, Janae Foster, Tameka Gallon (Student Board Representative), Leah Ngatai, Laura Jones, Tessa Wood, Drew Webb, Nate McKewen and Phoebe Wilson (Secretary), accompanied by a support staff member.
The Runanga Tauira have recently resolved to fundraise and contribute to local charities, such as the SPCA, RDA, Food Bank and Ronald McDonald House. Another pronouncement was the decision to run a ‘trial’ social for the Year 7 and 8s, hopefully organised by a collaboration of assorted juniors and two Runanga representatives.
These are only the beginnings of what can conceivably be depicted as a beneficial and fulfilling year for not just the school but also the students within it.