Board of Trustees

All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

At the start of the year the decision was made to focus on six areas of priority over the coming year.

  • Working with the school management to develop a Master property plan (including community liaison processes) 
  • Overseeing school self-review processes (including working with the learning advisory committee)
  • Consolidating Board processes and updating the Trustee Handbook as required
  • Developing a communications plan for the Board so there is more of a connection between Board activities and our community.
  • Developing processes so the Board can review its own performance.
  • Taking responsibility for the Principal's appraisal.

Robert Stratford Chairman - Parent Elected Trustee

Ko Robert Stratford toku ingoa. Ko Pukeatua toku maunga. Ko Orongorongo toku awa. No Wainuiomata ahau, kei te whānga o Titahi ahau e noho ana. 

I have been a member of the Mana College Board since the middle of 2016. I have been the Board Chair since May 2017. 

I have lived in Titahi Bay for 16 years and have a child in Year 9 at Mana. You might have seen me out running in Whitireia park sometime. 

I have had quite a career in education. I am a registered teacher and taught in secondary schooling for several years, before moving into the Public Sector. After a couple of years at Te Puni Kōkiri, I went to the Education Review Office (ERO). I was at ERO for 9 years, working as a Senior Evaluator at the National Office. I finished my Masters of Education while I was at ERO too. In recent years I have been working on my Doctorate in Education, which I submitted in September 2018. During 2018 I have also been working part-time as a lecturer and tutor in the Education department at Victoria University. 

I have a real passion for community education and the really great things going on at Mana College. I am very proud of the way the school and community have been working together to build an awesome secondary school. 

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Ranei Wineera-Parai Co-opted Trustee

(LLB, Dipl Bus Management, Dipl Bus Administration, Quality Auditor), Ngati Toa Rangatira

I was born in Porirua and after my education returned to live and work in Porirua. This is my home and where my heart is. I have extensive management, planning and project implementation experience. I have trustee governance experience and enjoy using my skills to add value to our community and young people. I have a whānau history with Mana College and a son in Y9.

I know that our young people are our future and I want to support them to have every opportunity to reach their potential and have positive experiences in life.

Vanessa Jackson Parent Elected Trustee

I live in Titahi Bay with my two children and Porirua has always been my home, from the Creek to the Bay.
I’m a strong advocate for local schooling, education and young people. These areas have always been of great interest to me. I really believe our strength as a community and as global citizens comes from the knowledge and care we share with our children, in our homes, schools and communities.

My daughter is Yr12 and my son is Yr10, they are third generation Mana College students, It’s something our family is very proud of. My parents also helped to advocate for the Te Whare Ako unit to be added to the school, my twin sister is a founding member.

I have always been very involved in my children’s schools, all local in Titahi Bay.
I’ve helped on trips, with fundraising, sporting events, discos. I have coached netball and I was a parent educator at Playcentre.
I’m currently employed with Playcentre as an administrator, also session support when required. I have also worked as a special needs Education Support Worker for WEIT (Wellington Early Intervention Trust).

It is a privilege to be able to represent my community on the BoT, thank you for the opportunity, I’m always keen for a chat about how things are going for our families.

Barbara Edmonds Parent Elected Trustee

Talofa lava.

It gives me great pleasure to be a parent representative on the Board since 2016.

My husband Chris and I live in Titahi Bay with our 8 children, who are spread amongst Titahi Bay School, Titahi Bay Intermediate and Mana College. Therefore we have a lot invested in our local schools and community (for decades to come!). As a lawyer with governance experience, I understand first-hand the opportunities that a sound education offers and want to ensure our local kids are given those same opportunities.

Mana College has experienced significant growth and transition in the last two years. I am proud to be part of a School that puts their students at the centre of their decision making, and is making the necessary changes to ensure our students are cared for, are provided opportunities for their interests, experience the best education locally, and come to Mana everyday with mana!

Our schools are the heart of a community, so it is my hope that our community starts to reinvest in Mana and we become the school of choice for our local children.

Tau mai na o le pua e ula – pick the frangipani that is worthy to be worn. MANA is worthy to be worn.

Arthur Selwyn Parent Elected Trustee

Tēnā koutou katoa.

I’ve been a parent representative on the Board of Trustees since 2013.  I grew up in the Waikato region and did not attend Mana College.  However, I definitely have a vested interest. 

My wife is an alumni, along with all of her siblings.  All of my children attended Mana College – my youngest is a current Year 11 student.  I live locally and my family has always supported Mana College in its activities.

Mana College is on the rise.  The transformation in the coming years will be a major game changer for the community.  Yes, there will be awesome facilities, but the people will make those facilities come alive.  The principal and the staff, with support from the board of trustees, and positive involvement from the wider community (including Ngāti Toa Rangatira) will jointly contribute to making the secondary school years for Mana College tauira and their whānau some of the most beneficial, fruitful, and happiest years of their lives.  (Man, what a line…)

Bit about me: I work in Wellington for the Ministry of Health but my background is in education.  I’m actually a qualified (but unregistered) secondary school teacher in performing arts – Music, English, Drama, and… Dance?  No lie.  Thought it would be funny to share.  My interests are simple – hold on, let me rephrase – the things that make me happy are: family, music, golf, food.

Na reira, e te whānau whānui o te Kāreti a Te Mana o Kupe, tēnā anō tātou katoa.

Ko Whitireia, Rangituhi ngā maunga

Ko Parirua te awa

Ko Raukawakawa te moana

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Takapūwāhia te marae

Ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira te iwi

Ko Arthur Selwyn toku ingoa

Rhianne Tarau Student Elected Representative

Ko Kapotai te Māunga

Ko Waikare te awa

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko NgāPuhi tōku iwi

Ko Ngāti Hine tōku hapū

Ko Turuki tōku marae

No Waikare ahau

Ko Rhianne Tarau tōku ingoa

Kia ora my name is Rhianne Tarau and I have been a student at Mana College for the last 4 years. I have lived in Elsdon my whole life and have been a student at Porirua School and Titahi Bay Intermediate before I came to Mana College. I’ve always been a shy person, however I have been coming out of my shell and speaking about what\'s on my mind. This is because I see change as an opportunity to try new things and grow and I can see that Mana College is also changing and growing as well.

I really am proud of the way Mana College has changed throughout the years I’ve been here. As well as how Mana College is connected to the community which creates a great big Whanau. I hope I can put forward some ideas that can help the future generations here at Mana College.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Vini Ah Kuoi Student Elected Representative

Malo le soifua maua male lagimama, le mamalu o matua, Ali’i ma tamaitai faiaoga, fa’apea le laumua o Kolisi o Mana.  

Talofa Lava.  My name is Vini Carmel Ah Kuoi. I’m 16 years of age. I’ve lived in Cannons Creek Porirua with my family.   I was born and raised in Samoa. I moved to New Zealand in 2016, and I came straight here at Mana College. I have been here at Mana College for the last few 2 years. When I first came into Mana College I was scared and too shy to socialize and communicate with people this is because I didn’t even know any of them especially speaking another language it was too hard for me. Despite the complicated life that I went through in the last 2 years,  I encouraged myself to jump out of my comfort zone and do something with my life. I was bullied so many times in school and that doesn\'t stop me from giving things a go and trying my best. Being here at Mana College is a different environment for me, being surrounded by a bilingual student is a great opportunity for me to learn a different language, compared to Samoa we only speak one language. Mana College is a great school for me to learn, I hope I can help Mana College to become a good school in the future for our new generation.

Fa’afetai Lava.

Jeff Chapman Co-opted Trustee (Disciplinary committee)

Originally from Christchurch, I have lived in Titahi Bay for about 20 years.  I am part of a blended family with three children aged 14 to 16 years old. The eldest is in Yr12 at Aotea College and the two younger kids are at Mana College in Yr9 & Yr10, respectively. All three of my children went through Titahi Bay Intermediate (TBI).

I have been, or am currently, involved in many facets of the Titahi Bay community. In past years I have coached Norths junior rugby and was a founding member of the Titahi Bay Community Group (TBCG). When part of the TBCG I was involved with the Education Group and three groups doing restoration of Stuart Park, Kahotea Stream and Whitireia Park.  

Currently, I am a volunteer senior lifeguard for the Titahi Bay Surf Lifesaving club over the summer months. I help coach or co-ordinate local Ki o Rahi tournaments when I can. I compete in waka ama and occasionally sail small dinghies in the Porirua Harbour throughout the year.  At TBI I was a founding member of Te Ara Moana, the GROW garden and helped develop the Titahi Bay Fruit & Vegetable Co-op.

I am a very honest and trustworthy person. One of the main motivators for me to be on the Board of Trustees is to be part of an open and collaborative team that helps develop a school that every child and family in the Bay wants to be a part of. A place where our local children get the best possible holistic education that will enable them to thrive not only at college but in the wider local, national and global community.

Willie Taurima Parent Elected Trustee

Randall Hippolite Iwi Representative

TeRina Leonard Co-opted Trustee

Ko Mauau te maungaKo Taurangamoana te moanaKo Mataatua te wakaKo Ngai Te Rangi me Ngati Rangiwewehi nga iwiKo Te Rina Leonard au.I have lived in Porirua with my family for nearly twenty years and now consider Porirua my second home. I bring a range of experiences to the Board. I trained as an educational psychologist and have practiced in both health and education. I have also worked in the Public Service across policy, evaluation and operational leadership roles. My current role is Deputy Chief Executive, Research Evaluation and Design at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura, The Correspondence School). My work at Te Kura keeps me up to date with the latest developments in education across the world and Aotearoa New Zealand.It’s a real privilege to be part of this Board. I believe we are embarking on a new chapter for Mana College, one that is firmly focussed on the success of our young people.

\'Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi\'\'With your contribution and my contribution, we will all flourish\'Nō reira, ngā mihi manawa ora ki a koutou katoa

Kaylene Riley Staff Elected Representative

John Murdoch Principal


The last 12 months of meeting minutes.


We will keep this agenda as up to date as possible (keeping in mind some things can change at short notice)

Board of Trustees Handbook

A copy of this handbook is given to all BoT members as a point of reference.


The last 12 months of meeting minutes.


We will keep this agenda as up to date as possible (keeping in mind some things can change at short notice)

Board of Trustees Handbook

A copy of this handbook is given to all BoT members as a point of reference.
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