Malvern Kāhui Ako | Te Hū o Kākāpōtahi | Key People


The Malvern Kāhui Ako Stewardship Group provides governance support to the Lead Principal in helping to deliver our vision and achievement challenges. The Stewardship Group is comprised of a school board trustee from each school as well as principal and early childhood centre representatives. It is chaired by Keith Tallentire.

The Lead Principal works with the Kāhui Ako Leadership Group, which involves all school principals and early childhood centre managers, to guide the work of the Kāhui Ako and ensure the strategic plan is being implemented. The Leadership Group is chaired by Meredith Devonald (Darfield Primary School).



Marty is a father of three, primary school principal and sport nut. Marty’s and his wife Delia, currently reside in Hororata, where he has held the position of Principal at Hororata Primary School since 2000.

He has a comprehensive knowledge of all curricula and a strong understanding of a child’s academic and social development, having taught at all primary school levels and governed at a secondary level. He has a passion for STEAM education, Maori, Physical Education and the Key Competencies, and takes every opportunity he gets to be at the chalk-face, to share this with fellow teachers and students.

As an experienced teacher he has worked within numerous education advisory groups over the past 25 years and has been fortunate to have been awarded two Principal’s Sabbatical, focusing on Governance, Leadership and Constructivist Learning Theory.

He has been a part of the Malvern Learning Community for 20 years and has held a number of roles and responsibilities in this time incl. Board Chairperson at Darfield High School, ESHAS Co-Leader, Canterbury Primary Sport Executive, Malvern Transport Director and Expert Principal.

Marty’s sense of humour, enthusiasm, energetic approach to life and commitment to teaching and learning enable him to create and maintain a positive learning environment in which students and staff can reach their true potential.


Our aim is to actively contribute as leaders and team members to support the collective direction of the Malvern Kahui Ako.


Chris is an experienced teacher working at Darfield High School for the last 9 years. Her core teaching is Design and Visual Communication, but is often in the workshop, she is also the Lead of the Technology Learning Area. She has degrees in Quantity Surveying and Computer Aided Design. She brings experience from both business and industry gathered from her careers before teaching which gives her clear insight into tertiary requirements.

Driving innovative learning experiences through the use of project based learning and technology energises her teaching approach. She has spent considerable time exploring curriculum design and creating initiatives which place learners at the centre.

Chris is a 2020 Boma Education Fellowship member and is about to embark on an international field trip to observe schools who are explicitly disrupting and activating the teaching profession.


Mallory has taught English from Years 9 to 13 for eight years. She currently works at Darfield High School teaching English from Year 9 to 11.

She has previously worked as an Assistant Head of Learning Area and Trainee Teacher Co-ordinator at Lincoln High School, where she worked for six years.

She is passionate about engaging learners in practical, hands-on ways, particularly around raising boys’ achievement in literacy by connecting with the outdoors.

She leads staff in building their waiata kete.


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