Board of Trustees

The Te Raekura Redcliffs School Board currently has seven trustees. There are five parent representatives including the Presiding Member (Chair). The Principal is a member of the Board and there is an elected Staff Representative. Trustee elections are held every three years with the next election being in 2025.

The Board of Trustees:
  • A board is the governing body of its school.
  • A board is responsible for the governance of the school, including setting the policies by which the school is to be controlled and managed.
  • Under section 130 of the Education Act the school’s principal is the board’s Chief Executive in relation to the school’s control and management.
  • The Board of Trustees meets monthly in a meeting which is open to the public. This is usually held on the third Monday of each month in the staffroom. The meeting generally covers student achievement, finance, property, personnel matters, policy review and development and all matters relating to the effective governance of the school. 

The Board Meetings will be on the following days during 2024:

26th February

25th March

27th May

24th June

29th July

26th August

21st October

25th November

9th December (if required)

Should you wish to speak at a Board meeting you must discuss this beforehand with the Board Chairperson who may give you speaking rights.
Please feel free to ask trustees questions about their roles.


The Board members are:

  • Nick Leith (Principal) 
  • Jeff Smit (Chairperson)
  • Keri Campbell
  • Michelle Cook
  • Richie Dimbleby
  • Marie-Claude Hebert
  • Abby Blanch (Staff Representative)

Parent Representation on the Board of Trustees:

A parent representative on the board is a person nominated by the parents and elected by the parent body. However, they are not an advocate for the parent body. They bring ‘a’ parent perspective but not ‘the’ parent perspective to the board. Anyone co-opted onto the board are the same.

A staff representative on the board is a person nominated by the staff and elected by the staff body. However, they are not an advocate for the staff body. They bring ‘a’ staff member perspective but not ‘the’ staff perspective to the board.

All board members operate within the framework of its code of conduct BOT Code of Conduct.docx

The board’s Te Raekura Concerns and Complains Policy and Flowchart 2023 clearly defines the process that should be followed if you want to raise an issue with the school. Note that the board (through the Presiding Member) is the last port of call.

(1) A board’s primary objectives in governing a school are to ensure that—

(a) every student at the school is able to attain their highest possible standard in educational achievement; and

(b) the school—

i. is a physically and emotionally safe place for all students and staff; and ii. gives effect to relevant student rights set out in this Act, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and the Human Rights Act 1993; and

iii. takes all reasonable steps to eliminate racism, stigma, bullying, and any other forms of discrimination within the school; and

(c) the school is inclusive of, and caters for, students with differing needs; and (d) the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including by—

i. working to ensure that its plans, policies, and local curriculum reflect local tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, and te ao Māori; and

ii. taking all reasonable steps to make instruction available in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori; and

iii. achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students.