Board of Trustees

Manu Pihama

Position: Te Aka Pūkāea Parent Representative

Margie Tukerangi

Position: Co-chair and Te Aka Pūkāea Parent Representative

Mai Maunganui ki Tamaki, peka atu ki te tihi o Moehau, nei rā te karanga e mihi ana ki a koutou katoa. I tipu ake au i raro i te parirau o taku whānau Hemana, ko taku whānau Tukerangi hoki. Ko Margie Tukerangi au.

I am a mother of three children ages 12 years, 8 years and 4 years who have, and continue their education journey through Te Uru Karaka. I work across my wider iwi space in multiple leadership roles of governance and operations. My relevant skillsets include robust analytical thinking and good strategic acumen anchored with commitment to foster meaningful engagement at all levels. Providing strong leadership with connection to the back continues to underpin my trail of successful outcomes.

I am compelled to serve Te Uru Karaka Newton Central School because of the warmth shown to my family and the rich experiences etched in the hearts of my children. I’m also inspired by the school’s commitment to Te Tiriti based Co-Governance alongside the school’s broader values. 
By serving the Board I hope to share my skills and deepened understanding of Māori and Western world views to enhance the school’s pursuit of excellence for all graduates, whānau and the community it serves.


Ian Howard

Position: Co-chair and Te Puāwaitanga Parent Representative

Kia ora whanau. I’m Ian Howard and I’m the proud father of Alice and Tommy, and husband of Sarah.
I am originally from London, and moved across to Aotearoa with my wife Sarah – who’s from Tauranga – back in 2011. Tamariki Makaurau has been our home since then and I am now a proud British New Zealander (or Briwi as we call it at home).

My biggest loves in life are spending time with my lovely whanau, running some of the amazing trails that are dotted around this beautiful country, rock climbing, playing the guitar and partaking in just about anything that involves a ball. 

In my professional life, I run a brand and ethics consultancy called Bright Street Studio, and own a Napier based advertising agency. 

Growing up in Britain, I experienced a very old-fashioned education system that prioritised exam performance over self-development and creativity. While I achieved good marks, I found it an uninspiring and often frustrating experience, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the more progressive, community-centric environment of Newton Central School.


Elizabeth Elvy

Position: Te Puāwaitanga Parent Representative

Fa’amanu Starsky Akeripa

Position: Te Puāwaitanga Parent Representative

Talofa and Pacific greetings to you all,

My name is Fa’amanu Starsky Akeripa and I am one of five nominated to serve on the NCS board, firstly this is a huge honour for me to be able to serve the Newton Central Primary school community and help make accessible a world of education fun and exciting for our tamariki.

I am of Samoan descent and am the youngest of 5, my parents hail from the villages of Siumu and Fagaloa in Samoa making me a first-born generation New Zealander. It has been a challenging upbringing but fruitful.  

I am married to Janet and a father to 3 little people, all 3 will have attended NCS by the end of next year. They follow a long legacy of attendees through their mother being a central girl through and through. Currently, my second child will complete his final 12 months next year and my third child begins her 6-year sentence January 2023, they are both doing well.

Previously, I was a secondary school teacher for 15 years and taught in a range of schools in Auckland before taking up a call to serve as a religious minister. I am now an ordained minister based in Mount Roskill for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. I am really excited to join the B.O.T at Newton Central, I bring with me a Pasefika voice that will enable and encourage the voice of our young to be strong, confident, and proud to exhibit their culture and strengths in a diverse community.

Soifua ma ia manuia

Moa Haar-Simmonds

Position: Te Aka Pūkāea Parent Representative

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Pekapeka te maunga

Ko Rangitīkei te awa

Ko Ngāti Raukawa au ki te Tonga

Ko Ngāti Pikiahu Waewae te hapū

Ko Poupatate te marae

Tokorua āku tamāhine, e noho ana ki Te Akāpūkaea.  Ko te huarahi reo tō mātou tino whakahirahira.  Ko te moemoea, ka tipu ake ā māua tamariki ki roto i te reo rangatira, me te ao Māori.  Koinei te hononga ki Te Akāpūkaea ki Newton Central School, ā, ngā uara e pa ana ki āku.

Hikina te Mānuka!

Chris Carrington

Position: Te Aka Pūkāea Parent Representative

Ko Mākeo te maunga

Ko Waiaua te awa

Ko Whakatohea tōku iwi

Ko Ngāti Ngāhere, Ngāti Rua ōku  hapū

He uri au o Muriwai

Ko Chris Carrington tōku ingoa

Trudi Kareko

Position: Elected Staff Representative

Ko Kapakapanui te maunga

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Waikanae te awa

Ko Te Āti Awa te iwi

Ko Whakarongotai te Marae

No Kapiti ahua

Ko Tāmaki Makaurau te kainga

Ko te kura o Newton Central School te mahi

Ko Ariki āku tamariki

Ko Trudi toku ingoa

Bryan Rehutai

Position: Tumuaki