We invite principals who have retired or otherwise left principal-ship to become members of the Alumni. Alumni membership is free and members receive an electronic newsletter and invitations to regular social functions. If you are about to retire, or are recently retired, you will be contacted by Gary and invited to join the Alumni. You may email Gary on

The Convenor of the Alumni is Gary Moss, a retired Auckland principal who will be known to many current and retired principals. Gary is assisted by Sue Green, the APPA Executive Secretary, in his role in co-ordinating Alumni newsletters and events, among other things.

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  • Mary Wilson – Baverstock Oaks*
  • Clive Morris – Drury,
  • Margaret Palmer – Waterlea*
  • Linda Law -Waterlea*
  • Carol Abley – Stanmore Bay
  • Peter Ayson – Meadowbank
  • Corinne Hansell – Stanhope Road
  • Margaret Kaa – Tuakau
  • Nigel Bioletti – Birkenhead
  • Laurie Thew – Manurewa Central
  • Heather Frost – Hunua
  • Jo Willmoth – Three Kings*

This is the list provided by the APPA office but there may be others not listed who would be interested in being part of the APPA Alumni – please email the APPA office or me with details. (In 2018 there were 5 retired Principals with whom contact was lost, but of course, some may have wanted to forget completely about schools and all that!)

Despite contacting their las school for contact information, no details were provided for the above names with an asterisk * and they will not receive Alumni communications unless I have their email address.


On behalf of the Auckland Primary Principals Association and Alumni members I welcome 2018 retirees to our group and if interested, I invite them to participate in the three functions we have each year, as this is a way of retaining contact with colleagues and also learning from the current APPA President and Council members the educational issues of the moment – and there are sure to be some!

There is also a Retired Principals & Others group (now called MOCCA) where guys meet for lunch at a different RSA in Auckland each time on the last Wednesday of each month. Birkenhead RSA is the first venue for this year – from about 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday 27th February. Send me an email or just arrive if interested you would be most welcome.


Mark this date in your diary for an informal gathering at the Kohia Centre, 78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom. Drive down and up into the parking building and if the barrier is across just tell the speaker box that you have come for an APPA Alumni meeting and the barrier will magically rise for you to drive in.

In the past we have had up to 30 members coming to this first event of the year which is funded by the APPA Council.
Please think about joining us and feel free to bring your spouse/partner. Please send me an email if you plan to come.


The APPA Alumni list that I hold has the names of 235 retired Principals from Primary/Intermediate schools in the Auckland area. 200 members can be reached by email and the remaining 35 do not seem to have email addresses.
In the 2013 Term 4 Newsletter I matched those without email addresses with someone who does receive Alumni messages by email asking them to telephone the non-email person or copy off the newsletter or message and mail it to them so they are kept informed. Please continue to do that – some time during this year I will review the list as I guess quite a few will have forgotten who the person was they were asked to contact.


One function of the Alumni Convenor is to inform everyone of the death of a past Principal. When it is known that a member has passed away I would appreciate being informed giving some information about the person’s past so that I can email the information to members.


Doug died on New Year’s Eve and a private funeral was held on January 3rd2019. He was 86. Doug retired from Principal of Arahanga Intermediate (Mangere) in 1989. He was a 2 term ASB-APPA Travelling Fellow in 1987 and he is remembered by colleagues as a gentleman and proud supporter of Intermediate schools.

The Alumni extend condolences to his family.


If you think you will be most likely coming to the afternoon tea at the Kohia Centre in Epson on Thursday 14 March would you please flick me an email and that will give me an idea of how many to cater for.

Thank you

Kind regards,

Gary Moss  – Convenor  APPA Alumni