President: Stuart Armistead -

Stuart is president of the Normal and Model School Association and currently the principal at Knighton Normal School in Hamilton. He is a member of the Initial Teacher Education advisory group and leadership stewardship group, led by the Teaching Council.  




  John McKenzie -

John is the principal of North East Valley Normal School Dunedin. North East Valley Normal is the second oldest state school in Otago established in 1851. The school has a community centre and a large community garden on site both of which have won awards, receive regular media attention and visits from various groups. The school has a long and close relationship with the University of Otago College of Education - all of the teachers at the school are associate fellows of the university. John is currently an executive member of The Otago Primary Principals' Association, is a past member of the NZEI Principals' Council and an executive member of the NZ Area Schools' Association


Christine Brown - - 

Christine is in her 6th year as Principal at Raroa Normal Intermediate. One of the reasons for applying for the principalship at Raroa was because it is a Normal school and working with training teachers and beginning teachers has always been a highlight of her career in education.

Christine enjoys very much being part of the Normal Schools' network which works closely with Universities and government in looking to the future of ITE.


 Conrad Kelly –

Conrad has been principal at Karori Normal School since March 2011.  Prior to that he was principal of Discovery School from 2001 to 2011 and Korokoro School from 1999 to 2001.  He has also had experience teaching in both the UK and the Middle East.  Conrad is the treasurer of the association and has been a member of the executive, representing the Wellington Normal Schools, since 2014.  The opportunity to work in a Normal School and help to develop the teachers of tomorrow has been a real career highlight.





Paul Armitage -

Paul was appointed Principal of Elmwood Normal School in Christchurch in May 2012. The move to a Normal School came from his desire to be involved and contribute to the growth and development of teachers for the future.

He has strong connection with the two ITE providers in Christchurch, the University of Canterbury and the New Zealand Graduate School of Education.


 Waveney Parker -
Waveney Parker has been the Principal of Tamahere Model Country School (TMCS) since July 2005. Tamahere Model Country School is a semi-rural school located between Hamilton and Cambridge with a roll of around 460 - 490 students. This Decile 10 contributing primary school has grown from a small Model Country School with multi-level classroom experiences to the 20 class school of today. Tamahere Model Country School still embraces its country heritage and enjoys celebrating Agricultural Days, Tractor pulls and an annual Pumpkin Night. 




 Andrew Bird - 

Andrew joined Kelburn Normal School in October 2016 after 16 years as principal at Muritai School in Eastbourne.  Andrew was awarded a Woolf Fisher fellowship in 2016. Kelburn is currently undergoing a total new school rebuild and it was this challenge as well as the attraction of being part of the Normal School group that Andrew saw as an exciting career challenge. Kelburn is sited close to the centre of Wellington and is a full primary with has 300 children.


Lorene Bird

Lorene was appointed Principal of Sunnybrae Normal School on the North Shore in Auckland on January 2018. From 2015 - 2017, Lorene was the Deputy Principal at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. She also has experience teaching in Canada. Her move to a Normal School came from her interest in the growth and development of individuals in the teaching profession. She has a strong connection with the University of Auckland.