School Board

The governance of Newlands Primary School is the responsibility of the School Board. Members are elected every three years from our school community. The School Board is committed to providing excellence in education and are very supportive of the school’s learning community.

The School Board meets twice a term and meeting times and dates are advised on the school’s calendar of events. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. The minutes are public documents and are available at the school office.

If you would like to know more about School Boards, the link will take you to the New Zealand Schools Trustees Association (NZSTA) website.


School Board

Claire Mortimer
Presiding Member

My name is Claire Mortimer and I have one child (Oliver) in Year 6 at the school and feel extremely lucky to have such a great local school with its fantastic culture and staff within our community.

I believe that a great primary school is fundamental in creating a positive way forward for children as they learn, grow and develop in society.  I also truly believe that Newlands Primary is one of these great schools and one which I am proud my son attends.

I strongly believe in the Newlands Primary School vision of Nurture, Learn, Succeed Together. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.   However, the vision is just a statement without us all doing our part to build strong partnerships and relationships and support the work of the school in meeting this vision.  Together our community can achieve this vision.


Mamari Stephens

Ka nui te mihi ki a tātou!

I have lived in Newlands, with my husband Maynard since 2004, along with our two sons, Te Rangihuia (16) Havelund (12) and daughter, Jessica-Lee Ngātaiotehauauru (9).  All three children have attended Newlands Primary, with the boys now attending Newlands Intermediate and Newlands College.

We love being a part of the Newlands community and are closely involved, as a whānau, with Ngā Hau e Whā marae, as well as the Tikanga Māori services at the St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church.


Henriette Joubert

My name is Henriette Joubert and I am Mum to two boys.  Kean is in Year 4, and Elan is in Year 1.  I am a lawyer at Main Street Legal in Upper Hutt and my passion is family law.

As a Mum and a lawyer, I see how important family and a community is in the upbringing of our children and I believe that we as a community have a collective responsibility in ensuring that every child in our community receive the opportunity to achieve their dreams.


Dwayne Venn

Hi my name is Dwayne Venn.  My son Carter is in Year 3 at Newlands Primary School and my older daughter Madison now attends Newlands College.  I really enjoy the environment and vibe that’s at this school and would enjoy being a part of carrying that on.

I have been a local for over 30 years and previously been involved in the Newlands Kindergarten committee helping to make changes to make the centre bigger and better for our children.


Katrina Bootsma

My name is Katrina Bootsma and I have been a part of the Newlands Primary School community since 2012, when our eldest daughter Charlotte started here. Charlotte is now at Newlands College, our son Noah is at Newlands Intermediate, and we still have Elijah at Newlands Primary School in Year 5.

I love the vibrancy and multicultural environment that our school fosters, along with the array of learning opportunities it provides. 

As a mum, someone with a disability, and a career as a Registered Nurse, I am passionate about the health and educational wellbeing of our school community.

I look forward to serving with the team.

Pramod Gupta

My name is Pramod Gupta. I have two daughters, one who has moved onto Newlands Intermediate, and the other who is Year 3 at Newlands Primary School. 

I see my role on the School Board as a wonderful opportunity to give something back to the school and community, by contributing to the development and future direction of Newlands Primary School, and to see school students achieve great success.

I want Newlands Primary School to further commit to a culture that adds value, fulfilment, friendship, learning, and growth.

As your parent representative on the Board, I welcome the opportunity to use this experience to make sure the many and valuable parts of our school community – including parents, teachers, and the wider community – achieve our shared goal of guiding our children to be the very best they can be.

Kylie O’Dea
Staff Representative


Shirley Porteous