Principal's Blog

Kia Ora, Greetings. 

It's my great pleasure to be the principal of Shirley Intermediate School.  I've set up this page for several reasons: 
  1. To introduce myself 
  2. To provide you with some of the thinking behind what we do at school 
  3. To comment on recent school events, and on educational issues in the media 
This blog is not a noticeboard or a calendar. It is not (currently) a two-way discussion; you cannot write on it directly. However, you are very welcome to contact me at

Introduction: Ko wai au?  Who am I?  
Ko Tafua (Upolu) te maunga  -Tafua (Upolu) is the mountain
Ko Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa te wai - The Pacific is my water           
Ko Nofoali'i te kainga - Nofoali'i (Samoa) is my village
Ko Tanuvasa te Tipuna - Tanuvasa is my Ancestral family head 
Ko Toomata Seu Seu Siave toku Papa - To'omata Seuseu Siave is my Father  
Ko Elizabeth (NIckel) Siave  toku Mama - Elizabeth (Nickel) Siave is my Mother
Ko Geoff Siave toku Ingoa -  My name is Geoff Siave 
Tihei Mauri Ora - These things make me who I am.
Other key parts of me are: 
  • Christchurch-born and raised  
  • Many siblings, lots of nephews and nieces, about sixty first cousins.
  • Married to Lynda - we have raised three fine young adults. 
  • Teaching for thirty years - First principalship in 1991  
  • Have taught in Porirua, Chatham Islands, Gisborne, Rotorua, Picton, Samoa, Christchurch.
  • Enjoy sport (mainly watching it nowadays!), biking, reading, gardening, family time.
Geoff Siave
Shirley Intermediate School