Mrs Arifah Wright
Arifah was appointed as the International Director in November 2023. Student’s well being, as well as their personal and academic success, is paramount to Arifah. She encourages students to be the best version of themselves by helping and supporting them so that they have positive and life-changing experiences.
She has previously worked at Hobsonville Point Secondary School in the International Department for the last five years, and has experience working as the international student administrator, international homestay coordinator and international director.
Having lived overseas for her entire childhood, and only coming to New Zealand for tertiary study, Arifah has a strong understanding of the challenges people face when coming to a new country alone.
Ms Kaitlyn Taurere
Kaitlyn comes from a Social Services / Housing background and has experience working closely alongside youth to support them into housing, education and employment.
She has worked with a wide range of people and cultures, providing them with assistance out of hardship, emergency/social housing and supporting them towards positive life-changing experiences.
With her previous employment background, Kaitlyn understands the many challenges new migrants are faced with when moving to New Zealand and has a solid insight of the housing industry and requirements to ensure students are provided with safe accommodation throughout their stay.
Mr Mark Shanahan
Mr Shanahan has been the Principal at Waitākere College since 2007. In 2012 he was awarded the NEITA Excellence in Education Principal's Award.
Auckland born and bred, Mark was educated at St Pauls College in Ponsonby, The University of Auckland and UNITEC.
Before arriving at Waitākere College, Mark was the Deputy Principal at Kelston Boys High School and Assistant Principal at Northcote College.
Mrs Jane CoupJane Coup has been a Science and Biology teacher for over 20 years. In that time, she has worked at Waitākere College for 11 years. Recently, she has overseen the International Department in her senior leadership role as Deputy Principal.
Ms Jenny Boomen
Jenny Boomen, who has a Master's degree in Language Teaching and Learning (First Class Honours) from Auckland University, has worked as the Head of the ESOL Department and International Student Academic Advisor at Waitākere College for 20 years.
During this time she has had the pleasure of supporting the pathway of international students from many countries as they progress through the school. It has been particularly fulfilling to follow many of these students' careers as they successfully graduate from Waitakere College into their chosen University degree.