The Waitoki School Board of Trustees is elected by the school community every three years. The board is responsible for the overall governance and direction of the school as determined in conjunction with the principal and staff.

Board of Trustee meetings are held in the staff room, and meeting dates and times (usually 7pm) are notified in the school newsletter. Parents and members of the public are welcome to attend. Should visitors require speaking rights please contact a member of the board in advance of the meeting.

You can contact board members at any time to provide feedback about the school and its direction, however for issues related to day-to-day operations of the school and teaching matters, please talk to one of the teaching staff, or the Principal.

The current Waitoki School Board of Trustees are:

Mr Luke Weston
Presiding member

Mr Chris Neison
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Mr James Turner

Ms Bree Atkinson

Mr Paul Heagerty

Mr David Cooper

The current BOT priorities are:


Reassessing the senior school curriculum.


The strategic School Charter for the next 3 years —which sets out the mission and vision for the school.


A comprehensive marketing plan; including website refresh, Facebook presence & presentation of the school.


A multitude of governance and compliance issues to keep the school running.

The board of trustees’ key areas of contribution are to:

  • Set and, as needed, modify the vision, mission and values of the school;
  • Protect the special character/values of the school;
  • Ensure a sensible and feasible strategic plan;
  • Approve and monitor the annual plan;
  • Develop and review the general policy direction;
  • Monitor and evaluate student learning outcomes;
  • Appoint, assess the performance of, and support the principal;
  • Act as a good employer;
  • Provide financial stewardship;
  • Oversee, conserve, and enhance the resource base;
  • Approve major policies and programme initiatives;
  • Manage risk;
  • Build a broad base of community support;
  • Exercise governance in a way that fulfills the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi
    by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage;
  • Commit to a programme of professional development that includes new trustee induction.