Board of Trustees

Sarah Mills

Position: Elected Member

Moa Haar-Simmonds

Position: Co-Chair, Co-Opted Member

Hannah Andrews

Position: Co-Chair Elected Board Member

Kia ora! My name is Hannah Andrews and I’m the mother of William and Nell. 
 
I’m originally from Christchurch and Blenheim, but have lived in Auckland for over 10 years. While in Blenheim, I grew up in a bilingual primary school environment and am committed to encouraging my children’s learning of te reo while re-exploring my (now rusty!) skills.  
 
I run a technology start-up company working with charities to increase their revenue from their donations. I also love to cook and learn languages: I speak French and am learning te reo with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
 
I am delighted to be part of the Newton Central Board of Trustees and the community that surrounds the school. I strongly believe in our school’s special character and our commitment to Te Tiriti. I hope to support the kaiako in the great job that they are doing, and to help ensure that our tamariki all have the opportunities they seek.

Dr Rebecca Alekzander MBChB DipPaeds FRACP(Paeds)

Position: Elected Board Member

Kia ora, my name is Rebecca Alekzander.  I am originally from Palmerston North, but have lived in Dunedin, Wellington and Queenstown before our family moved to Auckland 6 years ago.  I have two girls, 6 and 8 years who attend Newton Central School.

I am a Paediatrician with a special interest in Child Development and Disability and work at Kidz First Hospital, part of the culturally diverse Counties Manukau District Health Board. Within the hospital I also have a governance role as a member of the Drug and Therapeutics Governance Group overseeing the district health board.

I believe in the importance of supporting and facilitating education. I am an honorary senior clinical lecturer for the Auckland University School of Medicine and a local co-ordinator for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Paediatric Clinical examination.  I hope that by serving on the Board I can help to support and facilitate the education of our community’s children.

I have enjoyed my time on the Board to date and am committed to ensuring that the short and long term visions and strategic plan for Newton Central School are achieved.

Kiri Donaldson

Position: Elected Board Member

Kia ora, I am Kiri Donaldson. I am of Ngāti-Kahu, Ngāti Porou and Irish descent.  Born and breed in Howick, my education lead me to attend Epsom Girls Grammar School, here I fell in love with the area and  as an adult spent most of my life living in Mt Eden and Kingsland. I  am the mother to India Gray (year 3) and Khan Poole  (20 years old). This is my home! Home is where the heart is!

I work in the creative industry as a stylist and producer. I love to cook and you will more than likely get to taste my food at the many school fund-raisers.

I enjoy serving as a Board Trustee and been apart of the school at the strategic level, and look to growing with the school as India does

Geoff Ward

Position: Elected Board Member

Kia Ora, I’m Geoff Ward. Born and raised in Auckland, I returned home four years ago, after fifteen years living and working abroad in England, Australia, the Philippines and Singapore. I’m a Chartered Accountant, currently working for ANZ Bank.

I have two boys, Finn and Reuben. Finn is at Newton and loving it – Reuben starts next year. I feel really privileged to live in this community and that my children have an opportunity to attend this great school. I believe Newton’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, diversity and inclusion will set our children up well for the future.

I am excited to contribute to this unique, forward looking school.

Kim Hankins

Position: Elected Staff Rep

My name is Kim Hankins and I am the current Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. I have been associated with Newton Central School since 2000 when my eldest son began here as a 5 year old. All three of my children attended the school and I began teaching here in 2006. At present I am specialising in Sport as Classroom Release Time support and I am an Across School Teacher for our Kahui Ako, specialising in Student Agency and Wellbeing. This is my third stint on the board as I was previously a parent representative, and have served previously as the Staff Rep.