Board of Trustees

Dr Te Kawehau Hoskins (Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi)

Position: Co-Chair

My family were part of founding whānau of Te Uru Karaka at Newton Central in 1997. From 2000 I have been a member of Te Whao Urutaki (the Māori governance partner) and the Board of Trustees. I am currently an Expert Partner for our school’s Kāhui Ako (Waitematā), supporting the Kāhui to work productively with our Māori units and communities. I am the Head of School Te Puna Wānanga (School of Māori and Indigenous Education) and Te Tumu (Māori Dean) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland.

Laurayne Tafa

Position: Co-Chair
Email: laurayne.tafa@newton.school.nz

Talofa lava I am Pouli Laurayne Taulaete Nuanua Tafa of Samoan, Scottish and Pakeha descent.

My career in education has provided me a wide range of wonderful opportunities in teaching, school leadership, advisory and evaluation experiences.  I currently provide professional development to schools and organisations both national and internationally.  I very proud to be supporting my nephews’ schools through being a school trustee and enjoy working together with them team to achieve a high performing school where everyone in can reach their potential.

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.

Hannah Andrews

Position: Elected Board Member

Kia ora! My name is Hannah Andrews and I’m the mother of William (5) who is in Whaea Sheila’s class, and Nell (4), who is currently at Grey Lynn Kindergarten and will start at Newton Central next year. I’m a lawyer specialising in commercial/technology law, working with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts three days a week.
 
I’m originally from Christchurch and Blenheim, but have lived in Auckland since returning from overseas in 2010. 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 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.

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

Kim Hankins

Position: Staff Representative
Email: kim.hankins@newton.school.nz

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. I teach in Whānau Mārama in Room 13. This is my second stint on the board as I was previously a parent representative.

Heather Ruru

Position: Elected Board Member

He uri tēnei nō ngā iwi o te rā e huru ake ana arā ko Te Whakatōhea, ko Ngāi Tai ki Tōrere, ko Te Aitanga a Mahaki hoki.

Ko Heather Ruru tōku ingoa.

My son is a Year 5 student in Te Uru Karaka, the total immersion reo Māori unit. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori Specialisation, at The University of Auckland. I will teach in a Māori Medium setting after graduating. I have significant experience in governance within the Early Childhood sector. I have held roles on both local and national Boards including those that use a treaty-based partnership model similar to that used at Newton Central school.

I believe the responsibility and privilege of educating our tamariki sits with all of us – the school, parents, whānau and the community. I was elected to the Board of Trustees in late 2016, and am committed to ensuring Newton Central is “the best little school in the world”.

Fleur Sandbrook

Position: Elected Board Member

Kia ora, my name is Fleur Sandbrook. I am from Papatoetoe in South Auckland, and I am the mother of Bryn O’Donnell who is in Mainstream, Year 4 this year at Newton Central School, and Esther who graduated in 2016, and is attending Kowhai Intermediate.

I have a Degree in Visual Communication from UNITEC, Auckland, and have worked as an Art Leasing Consultant at Art Associates in Grey Lynn, while one of 6 Co-Directors of RM Gallery. Currently I am a Potter and Art Educator.

I have enjoyed serving as a Board Trustee for the past two years, as well as Teacher Aid at the school in 2016, and many hours spent as parent help in the various classes and trips that my children have attended. I was delighted to take on the position as Board Secretary this year, and look forward to serving the school in every way I can.

Stacey Whitiora

Position: Co-opted Board Member

Ko Stacey Whitiora tooku ingoa. He uri ahau no Ngaati Mahuta me nga motu o Rarotonga. I have a rural upbringing raised in Tahaaroa and Kawhia, ooku kainga tuturu. I have a daughter who is in Te Awahou and a son who now attends Kowhai Intermediate. I have a Science degree, have worked in the natural resource sector as a public servant for 17 years and I am a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Like many whānau, instead of returning home to raise our children, we continue to live in Auckland to provide the best access to opportunities for our tamariki.  Our tamariki deserve the absolute best start in education. They are the link to our future and it makes sense to be fully invested in their future to insure the future success of the kura.

We have a lot of mahi in front of us to ensure this kura is the best little kura in NZ. We can’t do it alone and neither can the kaiako. Strong connections to their culture and society come from our collective whanau and community. Kia kaha tamariki maa ahakoa no whea ahakoa te aha kei roto I a koe te mana I tuku iho.