The Board is the entity responsible for the governance of the school and is accountable for the school’s performance. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the school complies with all its legal and policy requirements and sets the school’s strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students.
The Board is legally required to perform its functions and exercise its powers in such a way as to ensure that every student in the school is able to reach his or her educational potential.
The Board is the employer of all staff in the school and is also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
Difference between the Board’s role and the Principal’s role
The Board sets the policy and direction of the school through its charter, strategic plan and policy and the Principal is responsible, along with the staff, for implementing this. In essence, the Board decides what it wants the school to achieve and the Principal determines how the school should go about achieving it.
The Board is made up of at least five elected parent representatives, a staff representative and the Principal, and meets regularly with dates published in the school newsletter and on the School Calendar. If you have matters you want to discuss with the Board, contact the Board Chairperson, in the first instance.
From Left: Michelle, Nick, Todd, Jayne, Mana, Alice, James
Michelle Hooper Board Chair
I work in major international sport event delivery and specialize in leading teams of people through project management to bring great events/ ideas to life. We are very passionate about sport and the role it plays in developing communities and kids and would love to see that become a more integrated part of Waiheke Primary School for all kids. Our eldest Hugo is 9, Monte is 5 and Mia our youngest has just turned 5 and started at WPS.
Nick Shaw Tumuaki | Principal
I am a proud born and bred West Aucklander. I moved to Waiheke with my wife, Desney, who is the president of Waiheke Island Playcentre, and our two young sons, Grayson (who attends WPS) and Elliot, at the end of 2018 for the principal position here at Waiheke Primary.
I started my teaching career in 2008 and have a passion for developing the 'whole child', ensuring that we offer a diverse curriculum that provides all children the opportunity to pursue their passions and be successful.
Mana Tahapehi Deputy Board Chair
I grew up on Waiheke and have lived on the island permanently with my wife Cara and our three children for the past 15 years.
My three children have all attended Waiheke Primary School. The school has proven to be a fantastic environment for my children and I am proud to be a part of the school community.
I am community minded and help coach junior golfers on a weekly basis and have coached the Under 7s rugby league team.
I have a background in Real Estate. I joined Bayleys in 2005, and since then have been one of the company’s consistently top performing agents. With more than 200 sales transactions to my credit, I have been recognised with numerous awards, including top salesperson for Waiheke Island. I have also been listed in the top 5 per cent of salespeople for Bayleys nationwide.
My business, Bayleys is a proud sponsor of the school. Bayleys also gift the school two leadership scholarships for Year 8 students, which are awarded annually at the major prizegiving.
I was appointed to the Waiheke Primary School Board of Trustees in 2017 as the Māori Representative and have subsequently been elected. I also am on Te Kahui Kuaka group which includes the Māori representatives from all the school boards. I am there to support and encourage Te Reo Māori throughout the schools.
Alice Mew Parent Rep.
My husband Johnny and I moved to Waiheke from London in 2017, following ten months of bliss travelling the world as a family. I am a New Zealander (Johnny is English) and we wanted to give our girls (and ourselves) the kiwi lifestyle. We chose Waiheke for the colourful, diverse community, connection to nature and sense of adventure - and we absolutely love it.
Our daughters Harriet and Frida attend WPS and, during our time at the school, we have seen the teachers, staff and parents go above and beyond to deliver on the school's values to provide an inspirational learning environment where kindness, individuality and creativity are nurtured. I joined the Board in 2019 as I wanted to do my bit to help.
My day job is as a Senior Investment Strategist at the NZ Super Fund (NZ's Sovereign Wealth Fund) and the skills and experience I bring to the WPS Board include strategy, governance, financial acumen, and the ability to work constructively in a team to achieve outcomes.
Hamish McCullough Parent Rep.
I am a Registered Valuer, working on Waiheke Island. My background is in property and finance, with over 25 years of private and public sector experience in these areas.
I am Married to Sanna and our son Charlie is in year four at WPS. We have lived on Waiheke Island for the last 18 years and enjoy the strong sense of community, in which the school plays a central role.
My personal journey in education stated in a small rural primary school and continued through the New Zealand state school system and on to university, also in New Zealand. A solid education has served me well and at various times I have returned to study. I place a high value on education and our teachers, as one of the primary ways of creating the widest available set of options for our kids.
I welcome the opportunity to support Nick and the team in their work, setting up our kids with the tools they need for the next stage of their education, wherever and whatever that may be.
Nathan Tawhai Parent Rep.
I grew up in Central Auckland in the early 80’s so I had the benefit of not being consumed with technology.
After high school I qualified as a professional chef, working in many Auckland restaurants and travelling the world with my now partner. I moved back to Auckland and started a new career, qualifying as an audio-visual technician, and for seven years did festivals, concerts, plays and conferences with Spyglass then Oceania. During this time, my wife and I bought a house on Waiheke and decided to call this place our new home.
Today we have two kids, with our daughter at Waiheke Primary and our son at Waiheke Community Day Care. Wanting to be closer to my whānau, I started my third career as a heavy diesel mechanic, and now work for Fullers at the Waiheke Bus Company, and am finishing my apprenticeship.
During my years here on the motu I have embraced the community, freedom, beauty and lifestyle that this special place has to offer.
Jayne Alexander Staff Rep.
I have been teaching at Waiheke Primary since 2016 and joined the Board in 2019 as the Staff Rep. I moved to Waiheke with my partner George and daughter Poppy from Pukekohe/Tuakau. Poppy started at WPS in Year 2 and is now an intermediate here. We thoroughly enjoy the environment on Waiheke and the community values the motu offers.
I am originally from the UK and before teaching I was a land surveyor. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and the joys tamariki bring. There is never a day the same as another!