Ex-Girls and Friends of Queen's

Annual General Meeting

Monday 12 June at 7pm

Queen's High School Staffroom

We have much pleasure in extending an invitation to all ex-girls and friends of Queen’s to attend our Annual General Meeting.  It is our privilege to have two special people as our guests Ms Steph Ashton, Acting Principal of Queen’s, and Dr Megan Potiki (nee Ellison) who was a student at Queen’s 1986-1990.  A staff member 1996 – 1999 and now she is a Queen’s Mum and board member.

Steph will address us with all latest in the busy life of Queen’s and Megan will speak to us about the book she has written, “Cultural Narrative" for Queen’s High School.

Megan Potiki


Tēnei te rūrū te koukou mai nei

Kihai mahitihiti

Kihai marakaraka

Te ūpoko nui o te rūrū


Ko Pukekura te mauka, ko Ōtākou te awa moana, ko Ōtākou hoki te kāika. Ko Taiaroa rāua ko Karetai ōku tūpuna. I ahu mai au i te whānau Ellison. Ko Megan Pōtiki ahau.

I hail from Ōtākou and whakapapa to Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe Waitaha and Te Ātiawa iwi. My parents are Edward and Alison Ellison. I have a brother, Brett Ellison. My husband is Tahu Pōtiki who passed away in 2019. I am mother to three children (Ripeka, Timoti and Tūkitaharaki) and have a large family unit who provide constant support, as the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a family.”

I have recently moved from the University of Otago to the Otago Polytechnic to take up the role as Deputy Chief Executive Partnership and Equity. I have recently completed my PhD and my research interests are focused on the loss of te reo Māori at Ōtākou and the written Māori archives of the past that have a particular geographical focus on my tribal region of Kāi Tahu.

I have been pulled in a number of different directions in the last few years and have been contracted by Aukaha Ltd to provide cultural support, write narratives and guide tikanga and te reo while instilling our values into design, building and development.
I prioritise my children and my whānau, hapū and iwi. I was raised at the Kaik and live there and there is no question about my commitment to Ōtākou and raising our tamariki to be the leaders of their future.

We look forward to welcoming and hosting as many ex-girls as possible to our evening. We would also be extremely grateful for any donation/subscription that ex-girls would like to give as this is how we support many activities within the school programme. See the website for our donation’s brochure.

Hope to see you there please RSVP to colleen@queens.school.nz

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