Welcome to our the new teaching faces at Trident!


Welcome to Brett Wharewera who has joined our team and is now teaching in the Learning Centre, Brett has already been a part of Trident prior to his appointment, as coach of our 1st XV Rugby team.


Where have you come from prior to starting at Trident? I taught at Edgecumbe Primary School for the past 7 years.

What inspires you in your teaching practice?

I love being a teacher and am passionate about what I do. Helping, guiding and supporting youth to achieve their goals in a positive learning environment is what I enjoy doing.

Most memorable teaching moment?

After each year being able to sit back, reflect on the year, thinking of highlights, witnessing students grow, achieving their goals and the lifelong bond that we form together.

Who is your role model and why?

I've had a number of role models but the biggest influence has been my father Koona. Always caring to others, works harder than anybody and does everything he can to help those in need.

What is a fun fact our students might like to know about you?

I once worked for Vodafone as a business consultant. There I was the arm wrestle champion for two years before moving home and officially retiring from competitive arm wrestling in 2006. Tridents Tane the Tiger shouldn't feel bad about losing to me during our assembly. If he wants I can help him with his arm wrestling technique but also his dance moves.  




We welcome Katie to our official teaching staff, Katie is a familiar face as she has been working at Trident in a relieving role prior to accepting her current position as Teacher in Charge of Health.

Where have you come from prior to starting to Trident?

Over the past five years I have taught at Opotiki College and Mount Maunganui College where I taught a range of subjects including Physical Education and Health, Food Technology and Hospitality.

What inspires you in your teaching practice?

I am an enthusiastic and innovative teacher who is extremely passionate about making a difference to students lives. Nothing beats having one of my students realise their full potential.

What is your most memorable teaching moment?

My year 12 Food Technology class at Opotiki College created dishes for an assessment using local produce sourced from around the local community. The creativity and critical thinking from the students absolute blew me away. One of the things I love about teaching is what I learn in the process.

Who is your role model and why?

One of my closest friends - Alicia. She is the strongest person I know and has overcome many obstacles in her life. Alicia has Alopecia which is a medical condition that effects hair growth. It has been a huge drive towards her determination to live life to her full potential by not allowing this condition to define her. Despite many obstacles she faced she was the first family member to finish high school. She then went on to graduate from university as an accountant. She started travelling the world from a young age, from volunteering at orphanages in Thailand to working as an accountant in the Caribbean. She has also recently published a children book which focuses on educating children around Alopecia and is currently starting her own business. She lives by her motto "I live life to live not to exist".

What is a fun fact we can share about you?

I have traveled to 24 different countries around the world!




We welcome Donna Huntington back to our Trident staff but while she is a familiar face for many staff, she is a new face to our students and is here teaching Mathematics.

Where have you come from prior to starting to Trident?

I came from the Salvation Army Education and Employment. I was last at Trident 10 years ago.

A fact the students may not know is the I attended Trident as a student too.

What inspires you in your teaching practice?

The ahha moment when students "get it" is what inspires me.

What is your most memorable teaching moment?

Not sure I have a most memorable moment. I've been teaching for too long! What I do like though is catching up with ex students and seeing them do well.

If you were an animal, what would you be?!

If I was an animal I would be a tiger.





Welcome to Stephen Loft who has moved to Whakatane from Nelson to take up a position teaching Mathematics.

Where have you come from prior to starting to Trident?

I have moved up from the sunniest place in New Zealand, Nelson. I had only lived in Nelson for 4 years, previously I was up in Auckland at One tree Hill College. I have also taught in New Plymouth, Hamilton and Tokoroa. I am looking forward to all that the Bay of Plenty has to offer, especially the best beach in New Zealand being so close by. I really enjoy the outdoors, and even though I will miss my kayaking and tramping in Abel Tasman National park, I am looking forward to exploring the Whakatane and districts out door opportunities. I am looking forward to teaching Mathematics here at Trident High School.

What inspires you in your teaching practice?

I think the best thing about teaching mathematics is, discovering different ways do doing the same thing. Often as you move up in mathematics classes you learn new techniques that solve similar problems in whole new ways, sometime more complex, but sometimes it’s even easier.

What is a fun fact we can share about you?

One of my passions is computing and robotics and I have, I mean my son has, lots of lego at home to create all sorts of robotic creations. 



Welcome to Gareth Vlotman, who has come all the way from South Africa with his family to teach here at Trident.

Where have you come from prior to starting to Trident?

I came from teaching in an all boys High School in South Africa.

What inspires you in your teaching practice?

It inspires me when I see learners excel and become the best that they can be.

What is your most memorable teaching moment?

The most memorable is definitely moving abroad to NZ to teach.

Who is your role model and why?

God is my role model as he makes me the best person that I can be with him anything is possible.

What is a fun fact we can share about you?

My favourite movie is Rocky!




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