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.


Board of Trustees

Nicola Hankinson
Board Chair

My name is Nicola Hankinson and I have one daughter at Newlands School,  Brooke in Year 6, with my eldest daughter Elise in her first year at Newlands Intermediate.  I’m a passionate supporter of the School particularly on the sports sideline! I’ve been involved in coaching over the past few years and have stepped into umpiring this year – I am finding it is a lot harder to yell with a whistle in your mouth!

I joined the Board at the last elections three years ago and am really enjoying being part of the Newlands School team and my current role as Board Chair. We are lucky to have such a great school and a thriving school community to bring our kids up in. I am keen to do what I can to make sure we continue to protect and develop our school. I am a greenie at heart, so encourage us to do what we can in that respect, and I am also passionate about all kids in New Zealand having the opportunity to learn te reo Maori at school and to use it throughout the school day. I love that we have ‘hui’ rather than assemblies.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and am currently National Technical Manager for an accounting firm, Baker Tilly Staples Rodway. While I find this is useful for reviewing the school’s finances and end of year financial statements I am really keen to make sure we can all understand what is happening, and what is planned, from a financial perspective.

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.

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 one, and two-year-old Elan is still in Kindy.  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.


Claire Mortimer

My name is Claire Mortimer and I have one child (Oliver) in year 3 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 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.


Dwayne Venn

Hi my name is Dwayne Venn. I currently have Madison in room 6 and Carter soon to start at Newlands . 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.


Kylie O’Dea
Staff Representative


Shirley Porteous