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Board of Trustees

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

The Board of Trustees 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 Boards of Trustees, the link will take you to the New Zealand Schools Trustees Association (NZSTA) website. NZSTA

More information is detailed in the resources below:

Who is on the Board of Trustees for Newlands School? Please click on the resource below to find out more about the current board of trustees.

Board of Trustees News update. Please click on the resource below to access.

Newlands School Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016. Please click on the resource below to access.

Board of Trustees

Nicola Hankinson
Board Chair

I am a proud Mum of 2 daughters, Brooke and Elise, who both attend Newlands Primary. In my ‘day job’ I am a Senior Policy Advisor at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and am a qualified Chartered Accountant. I am really pleased to be on the Board (elected 2016) to work alongside my fellow Trustees to help make sure our School has all it needs to keep being great. I am passionate about making sure our girls, and the rest of the Newlands Primary community, have the opportunity to be the best they can be. I really support the work that Robyn and the amazing teachers are doing to roll out the ‘Newlands Citizen’ concept. Last but not least, I am really passionate about sport so you will no doubt see me on the sideline cheering the kids on, and picking up a whistle from time to time. Please feel free to come over and have a chat when you do see me.

Karl McDiarmid
Deputy Board Chair

My Name is Karl McDiarmid and I have one son Thomas at Newlands School, and an older son Jack who is now at Newlands Intermediate. I have been on the Board of Trustees since 2013. I work for the Department of Internal Affairs in the Service Delivery area.

Sarah Prior

Hi, I’m Sarah and I’ve been on the Newlands Primary School Board of Trustees since mid 2013. I have a son, Ryan Edwards, in year 6 and a daughter, Jaime Edwards, in year 4. I really enjoy my role as part of the Board. I think we’ve got such a good thing going at our school – passionate teachers, a great sense of community and kids who are thriving – and I want to be part of ensuring we continue this. My background is in human resources and people development, and I currently work part time with Primary ITO.

Wayne Haines

I have been on the Newlands School BoT since mid 2016. We have a great school and a unique village community which I love being part of. I have a daughter, Caitlin, and a son, Lachlan, who both attend Newlands. My background is in territory management and customer service.

Other Board of Trustees members

Maciu Vucago (co-opted parent representative)
Sunita Musa (co-opted parent representative)
Robyn Arthur (school principal)
Briar Prestidge (staff representative)