Ian PritchardIan is a Senior Advisor for the Ministry of Education providing strategic and innovative support to improve outcomes across the educational sector. Among his roles, he manages traumatic incidents and reviews preventable deaths across Te Tai Tokerau.

His experience within the education sector includes various senior management positions including Head of Arts and teacher of photography and drama.

Ian is passionate about engaging people and connecting people of all ages with meaningful experiences to strengthen the lives of individuals and their communities.

Prior to teaching, Ian trained as a Chef in the RNZAF – catering for HRH’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, various PM’s and Heads of State, Billy Joel and even the French agents responsible for the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

After returning to Whangarei after his RNZAF service, Ian’s interest in singing, photography and a rekindled love for surfing meant he cancelled his plans for overseas adventure and stayed in his hometown.

He began work as a freelance photojournalist and has photographic artworks in private collections throughout NZ, Australia, England and Japan.

After meeting Joan and Rick Kennaway and Waipu’s Lachie McLean he became a founding member of Opera North and has enjoyed
lead roles in local productions of West Side Story, Les Miserables, World Goes Round, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia and the 150th Waipu.

His gratitude to all those who have inspired him is now firmly focussed on the success of
this project and in helping to provide future generations a nucleus of creative expression that will serve our people and enrich the culture of Whangarei for many years to come.