International Staff



We care about our students, that’s why we have four staff members dedicated to supporting our International students at Wainuiomata High School.

Manaakitanga, a school value, means hospitality, kindness, generosity and support. It is a Maori value which promotes the process of showing respect, thoughtfulness and care for others. Our promise is that International staff members will always reflect this value. We know it is not easy to study abroad, and our students will face lots of challenges when they start their new journey with us. We are all here to support them!


International Dean

Daiji Kataoka  

+64 21 1569 275  

Mr Kataoka, originally from Tokyo, came to New Zealand to study at University when he was 19. He has been a teacher of Japanese since 2009 and has been International Dean since 2018. Mr Kataoka is passionate about students learning new languages and cultures. Mr Kataoka is in charge of marketing and the pastoral care of International students. Mr Kataoka is also teaching Japanese class.

Assistant International Dean

Nicole Hawkins    

Nicole is our academic liaison. She ensures our International student academic progress is on track. All international students will have a weekly catch up session. She is at International office once a week as she is also teaching other subjects.

International Administrator

Shingo Ina

Mr Ina, originally from Tokyo, has been in New Zealand since 2009. As Administrator for the international team, he prepares documentation, visas, organises uniform and helps with student support. Mr Ina is passionate about futsal, is a National level futsal coach and coaches the school team. Many of our International students play futsal and take advantage of having a coach of this calibre.  

Homestay Coordinator

Ann Watkins

Ann is a Wainuiomata local, having done her schooling in the valley, and returning with her family in 2004 to settle permanently. Ann is the Homestay Co-ordinator. She enjoys working with International students and their homestay families and has hosted International students for the past 20 years. Being Mum to her own large family, and her experience of hosting students ensures our International students are happy and well cared for.

Student Manager

Siri Pattanant

Siri is originally from Thailand. She will make sure you are integrated into school life, such as sports, club activities and community events.