Brent Woods


Kia Ora,

I was appointed as Principal of Otahuhu Intermediate in 2007, and for the past ten years I have been totally focused on developing an intermediate school that our tamariki and community would be proud of. Through the on-going support of the Board of Trustees members and the wonderful teaching teams throughout the years we have been able to create a warm, friendly and safe teaching and learning environment, so we can achieve ‘excellence for all’.

I strongly believe that everybody has a part to play in developing the child, which is similar to the common phrase from the Pacific of ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. We are all responsible of ensuring that our young children have the best opportunity to be successful in the future. Through developing open, honest relationships, challenging individuals to be the best they possibly can, and working together to achieve greatness. This is possible if we all believe.

My personal philosophy of being the ‘best you can be’ is what drives me to achieve my goals. Following my passion and dreams are really important to me. I have three real passions in my life – family, sport and teaching. While OIS plays an enormous part of my life, I have learnt over time that the greatest gift I can give my family is time, and that maintaining a balanced lifestyle is important to me.

Being a dad, is the greatest gift of all. This has made me appreciate the challenges that parents and caregivers face on a daily basis. Juggling everything to ensure that your child is successful and has a better life than you is a constant battle. But I have learnt that through all the lows, there are enormous highs that make it all worthwhile.

And that is why I do what I do!

‘Be the best you can be’.