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.

International Assistant Dean / Academic Mentor

Helena Kelly


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.  

International Teacher Aide

Eddi Shimada