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Board of Trustee 2019 Elections

2019 Board of Trustee Elections

How about becoming a trustee and using your skills and experiences to help shape a positive future for our children?

  • Trustees are active leaders in our schools; We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students
  • Trustees have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Both parents and people from throughout the wider community can be school trustees. It is important that boards represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children. The trustee elections give parents of children at state and state-integrated schools the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for all students at their schools. It is an important responsibility, and all eligible parents should use their vote in an informed way.

"Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board you can make things happen - you can make a difference."

- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President


What is a school board of trustees?

Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board of trustees. Boards bring families, communities and schools together to work for a quality education for our children.

The board of trustees is a Crown entity. It is the employer of all school staff and sets the school's overall strategic direction. The school's principal is the board's 'chief executive' and manages the school operations in line with the board's policies.

Who can become a trustee?

The membership of the school board includes elected parent representatives, an elected staff representative and the principal.

What does a board do?

Each school board of trustees has a very important role in making sure every child at their school is able to reach their highest possible standard in educational achievement. If you want to know more about the role of the board, view here.

Here are some of the things boards do:

  • Work with the principal and consult with staff, students and the community
  • Set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor progress and inform parents on how the school is progressing against its annual targets and on the development of the students
  • Decide how the school's funding will be spent
  • Select the school's principal and support the development of all staff
  • Ensure the school is a physically and emotionally safe place for all students and staff, and is inclusive of and caters for students with differing needs
  • Oversee the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration.

What sort of skills do trustees need?

Trustees are active leaders in their schools and need a balance of skills and experiences. They need to work well in a team, be able to put plans in place for the school's future, ask challenging questions and have good communication skills. It helps to have strong links to one or several of the school's communities, as well as an understanding of financial matters and the education sector, and experience in managing people.



Waitākiri Primary School Board of Trustees’ Election

 Nominations are invited for the election of five (5) parent representatives to the board of trustees.

 A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters.

 You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed.

 Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

 Nominations close at noon on 24 May 2019 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph.

 The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

 There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

 Voting closes at noon on 7 June 2019.



Upcoming important election dates:

8 May – Main roll closes at noon

10 May – Nominations called for by

22 May – Supplementary roll close at noon

24 May – Nominations close at noon

If the election goes to vote:

29 May – Voting papers sent by

7 June – Election day close at noon

The voting roll is open for inspection in the school office from Term 2 and can be viewed during normal school hours. This is a postal election with all nomination forms and voting papers (if required) sent via NZ Post to the address on your child’s school records. Please ensure we have your current address.

Thank you, Kim Hillson, Returning Officer