'Activity is not the same as doing something significant'

Jackie West

Standing in Invercargill

Contact: Jackie West Mob: 021-090-68693.

‘Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te maunga teitei.’ ‘ Aspire one’s thoughts to the height of great mountains’     Whakatāuki/Maori Proverb

Jacqueline West is a mother of three children and tāua of two mokopuna (grandchildren). Jackie is affiliated with Ngāi Tahu on her paternal side with her whakapapa connecting her roots to Southland (Bluff). While on her maternal side she is connected to Waikato/Taranaki iwi.

Jackie is a born and bred Southlander. As a child, she was raised in Invercargill attending Salford Primary School, Rosedale Intermediate, and finally James Hargest High School. Here she developed a passion for higher learning and the education sector. Jackie would later go on to complete a Bachelor of Education at Otago University. Followed by a Master of Education at Victoria University. She also completed post-graduate studies in Special Education and Bilingual Teaching.

At a community level, Jackie is a passionate advocate for physical wellbeing, mental health, and educational issues. For a decade she has trained, facilitated, and implemented a suite of Ministry of Education led initiatives such as Restorative practices, Cognitive Behaviour strategies, Incredible Years Parent and Teacher programs, and Resource Development within Special Education services.  Therefore, she is well acquainted with the needs of whanau (families), Maori, those with special needs, and the wider community. She also possesses previous experience in community workgroups through the  Ministry of Social Development and Te Kokiri Marae.

Jackie brings a variety of disciplines in the education sector. Her vast experience as a primary teacher, Tūmuaki (Principal) of a Kura Kaupapa, Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour, Cluster Manager RTLB highlights her strong management skills. Her role as National Coordinator for NZRTLB Association and her current representation and leadership at regional and national levels of the teachers union PPTA are both testament to her strong leadership abilities and her proven track record over a number of years. Currently, Jackie is leading the Māori Department at a local secondary school.

Jackie is also a former soccer representative for Southland, Otago, and South Island. In her younger days, she was Marlborough Softball player of the Year and Best outfielder of the year.  Currently, Jackie enjoys introducing students to the sport of waka ama. In her downtime, she enjoys singing, gardening, and being around people with a great sense of humor.