Act­ing, pikelets and a surpise

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What­ever you do, don’t let Colin Tarr’s part­ner read this story.

Colin Tarr loves his place at the helm of Porirua’s Ti­tahi Bay North School and he knows how to keep a prom­ise.

When he be­gan his ten­ure in 2014, one of his first du­ties was to ask his pupils how he could im­prove their school grounds.

‘‘They said to me, ‘Please can we have rugby posts so we know which way to run when we’re play­ing touch’,’’ he said.

The rugby posts ar­rived last year. We sat down with Tarr to ask what makes him happy and scared.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A JOB?

I’m been the prin­ci­pal teacher at Ti­tahi Bay North School since Au­gust 2014.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Lead­ing the teach­ing and sup­port staff teams at school to do great things.

I love talk­ing with the girls and boys and see­ing how they are work­ing, learn­ing, grow­ing and de­vel­op­ing as fine, clever and tal­ented young peo­ple.

WHAT’S THE WORST?

The con­stant lack of money to do what we’d like to do and pro­vide for our learn­ers.

Also, the de­bil­i­tat­ing and sap­ping bu­reau­cracy that is

WHAT WOULD PEO­PLE BE SUR­PRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I have a love of the the­atre.

I’ve acted and/or di­rected many plays and mu­si­cals over many years.

I’m sur­pris­ing my won­der­ful wahine hoa by tak­ing her to Mel­bourne in May to see the Broad­way mu­si­cal Aladdin.

I sup­pose it won’t be a sur­prise when she reads this in the Kapi - Mana News.

HOW DO YOU RE­LAX?

Hav­ing a lie in, go­ing to the Light­house movie the­atre, strolling around the many lovely walk­ways and trails in our city.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU IN THE WEEK­ENDS?

Read­ing books and the news at home, in the gar­den or at Mitre 10 get­ting bits and pieces for our gar­den.

I’ll be do­ing home im­prove­ments or sit­ting out on the deck and lov­ing the views of Porirua Har­bour, the Bay and Mana Is­land and think­ing what a great place Porirua is to live!

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPE­CIAL TAL­ENTS?

I can make fan­tas­tic pikelets from a se­cret fam­ily recipe handed down through the ages from the Scot­tish aunts.

IF YOU COULD IN­VITE THREE PEO­PLE TO DIN­NER - LIV­ING OR DEAD- WHO WOULD THEY BE?

Barack Obama, Sir Api­rana Ngata and Dame Valerie Adams.

FAVOURITE PLACE IN PORIRUA?

The chair at the top of a walk­way in Pa­pakowhai – giv­ing a panoramic view of this beau­ti­ful place we call our home.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SU­PER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Re-pro­gram­ming the minds of some young peo­ple so they could achieve the great and good things they are ca­pa­ble of.

WHAT SCARES YOU?

This beau­ti­ful planet is the only one we have.

We must look af­ter it and care for it. I worry, so much, about the dam­age we hu­mans are do­ing to Mother Earth.

WHOWOULD PLAY YOU IN THE MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE?

Sir An­thony Hop­kins. He did such a great job of Bert Munro he could play me easy as (and I don’t ride old mo­tor­bikes).

WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE IF YOU WERE GO­ING TO BE STRANDED ON A DESERT IS­LAND?

I’d take three flares to fire when there were pass­ing ships or planes.

I wouldn’t want to be there long.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Colin Tarr, prin­ci­pal of Ti­tahi Bay North School, Porirua,

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