Kia ora. My name is Justin Maclaren and I am married to Pearl Runga who is Deputy Principal for Stanmore Bay School, and our son D’Angelo is in Year 5. We have lived in Stillwater for the past 15 years and are both originally from Otautahi | Christchurch. I have a background in the entertainment industry and have a particular interest in advocacy for the Arts. I have previous board experience as a member of a performing arts trust in South Auckland and was Project Manager for a not-for-profit organisation based in Otara for five years. This position involved providing alternative education experiences and job training opportunities for young Maori and Pasifika students who found themselves outside of mainstream education. I am currently a third-year student studying Primary Education at Auckland University of Technology.
Prior to commencing study in 2017, I worked for Stanmore Bay School in the position of Music Specialist and had three fun years teaching music, learning, and participating as much as possible in all areas of school life, including helping to establish a judo club of which I am an assistant coach. During my time at Stanmore Bay School I was able to build positive and lasting relationships with students, whanau, staff, management, and gain a greater appreciation for the work and commitment of teachers in ensuring the best possible education outcomes for all children.
I am extremely passionate about education and believe in a holistic, reciprocal and equitable approach to teaching and learning, as a means of successfully preparing our young people for informed, respectful, and productive citizenship. As a Stanmore Bay School board member and lifelong learner, I am very interested in taking a positive, active role influencing the quality of education and the educational environment.