Board of Trustees

OAS Board of Trustees 2021

Every state and state-integrated school and kura in New Zealand must have a board of trustees.

The board of trustees is a crown entity – it is part of the public sector.

Read more about the role of boards of trustees in New Zealand schools

View the upcoming meetings here

Casual vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Owein Greaves – Board Chair


by: Friday 23rd July 2021

Current Board Members

Owein Greaves - Chairperson

Kia ora koutou katoa, I’m privileged to be the chairperson of our amazing Area School and have been a member of the BOT since September 2019. Onewhero Area School provides quality education and offers a diverse range of opportunities for our children – which as a BOT is at the forefront of our minds. 
I’m a father of five (four of whom currently attend the school), teacher trained and currently work in the finance sector. I enjoy utilising my experience harnessed over the previous years to support the OAS team to be the best we can – no limits!

Feel free to reach out to me at

Amelia Morgan - Parent Representative

Member of the finance committee and health and safety committee.​

I am an active, engaging member of the Board of Trustees for OAS, focused on monitoring and adding value to the strategic direction of the school, in line with our vision of being the best we can be, with no limits. With 5 years as President of Pukekawa Playcentre, I am experienced in governance processes, working within a public organisation and within the New Zealand education system. I have a Horticultural business in its infancy establishing a commercial
orchard, and 3 children under 10, at OAS whom I passionately support and encourage.

Over the last 12 months I have been taking Te Reo Maori classes to improve my pronunciation, and cultural understanding, as part of my commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in my role on the board. I have also completed two NZSTA governance workshops, to cement the fundamental principles of being a Trustee. In the work that I undertake, I pride myself on my rigorous review of board documents, thoughtful consideration and non-partial opinions. I believe bold visions are needed for our school but with detailed plans with thorough investigations. I believe that a strong team and an outstanding leader will see our school thrive, with the support of our whanau and the wider community.

Corinne Anderson - Parent Representative

Hi, I’m Corinne Anderson, originally from the King Country my family and I moved to Te Kohanga in 2014 where we manage a dairy farm.
I have 3 children 15, 10 and 3.
I have been involved on School and Playcentre Association boards since 2007.
I have a good understanding of the role of a board member to provide governance support to the school. I aim to have bipartisan views on issues, working with all stakeholders to find the best solution or way forward. I am reliable, organised and able to balance my time across family while managing our dairy farm.

Graham Eskdale - Parent Representative

Graham Eskdale is currently employed by Ravensdown Fertiliser as a Programme / Project manager for the National distribution network.  

Born and raised on a Sheep and Beef farm in the West Otago area, and obtaining a degree in commerce and farm management, rural values are core to how he operates. These are well balanced by skills and experience obtained with over 28 years of experience in various corporate roles from customer-facing roles through to managing multimillion-dollar logistics and construction projects.

Working with  people and understanding that each has a perspective to offer,  keeping an eye on the future, and maintaining a sense of humour are all part of  ”getting the job done.”

Rereokeroa Shaw - Maori Representative

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Taupiri te maunga tapu

Ko Te Puke o Tahinga te maunga kōrero

Ko Waikato te awa

He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha

Ko Te Kumi te Paa o Ngāti Tīpa

Ko Te Kakenga te papakāinga

E noho ana ahau i te takiwā o Te Pūaha o Waikato

I te rohe o Te Kohanga

Ko Rereokeroa Shaw (nee Pepi Tarapa) taku ingoa

Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa


I was born in Onewhero and all my schooling was done at Onewhero District High School.  I left school in 1964 with no academic qualification and was accepted into the Women’s NZ Air Force in the area of Communications.  I left the force to marry my husband, Selwyn Shaw and we had 5 children who were all educated at Onewhero Area School.  I have 10 mokopuna and my 5 youngest moko have attended Onewhero Area School.  My youngest moko is still a student at Onewhero.


My education qualifications are as follows; Masters of Management; Post Graduate Diploma of Māori  Laws and Philosophy; Diploma in Environment and Trusteeship; Post Graduate Diploma of Te Reo; Bachelor in Computer and Multimedia; Bachelor in Literacy & Performing Arts; Diploma of Teaching and an Advance Certificate in Adult Teaching, through MIT, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Wānanga o Raukawa.


I have participated as Chairperson and Secretary on many Boards; have been a business owner in a restaurant business in Pukehohe; have been General Manager, CEO, Kaiwhakahaere in organisations, As the Area Supervisor for 3 Guys I trained Managers, Supervisors and Cashiers. Currently I am the Managing Director of the Port Waikato Holiday Park Ltd and represent the Onewhero Area School on the New Zealand Area School’s Association.  Although I havent done any flying for many, many years, I’m proud to be a Maori woman who attained her Private Pilot Licence in 1973 to 1983.


At the end of 2019, I retired from the University of Auckland as a Māori Medium Professional Learning Development Facilitator working with Principals and Teachers.  Although I am still being approached to run PLD workshops in Franklin schools, I am excited at the direction Local Curriculum and Cultural Responsiveness is heading.


I have been a member on the Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees since 2015 and believe my role is to assist the Board and Management in Maori engagement, Cultural Responsiveness, Māori Education Leadership, te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga and whanaungatanga to ensure our students can be the “Being the best we can.  No limits!”


The ‘mantra’ that He Kākano supports is: ‘What works for Māori works for everyone. But what works for everyone does not necessarily work best for Māori‘. In practice this means: finding opportunities to build evidence in order to improve outcomes for Māori.


Huri noa ki a tātou katoa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.  Pai marire!

Rima Taua - Maori Representative

Bio to come

Tessa Ritchie - Staff Representative

Tessa has been a member of staff at Onewhero Area School since 2009 and was originally a student here (many years ago!) She is a Social Sciences teacher for Year 9 to 13 students, teaching Integrated Studies, Geography, History and Tourism. She feels passionately about Onewhero Area School, and hopes she can make a positive contribution to the Board of Trustees during her term as the Staff Representative.

Kimberley Cruickshank - Student Representative

Kimberley applied for the role of Student Representative on the board because she wanted to give students a voice and give them the opportunity to have their thoughts heard.

Kimberley makes sure that she is talking with students from across the school regularly and works to make sure that their perspectives are included in the decision making processes.

Heidi Bland - Co-opted for Risk Management and Health & Safety expertise

Heidi was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in August 2020 to fill the health and safety rep role. Heidi and the family moved to Onewhero six years ago and has an adult daughter who works as a Crane Operator at NZ Steel and has three boys at OAS in junior, middle and senior school, the youngest starting his schooling at Onewhero Early Childhood Centre and then transitioning across to OAS from Year 0. Heidi chose to accept the position to use her skills in health, safety and wellbeing to ensure continual improvement for staff and students and to support the Principal in making OAS the school of choice for the community. Heidi has over 15 years experience in Health & Safety and works locally as an HSEQ Manager, is the Health & Safety Rep for the Junior Rugby Committee at Onewhero Rugby Club and can be found most weeknights or weekends on the sideline at rugby games, hockey games, motocross events, music performances, sometimes at the fire station where her eldest is a fire cadet or assisting local businesses with health and safety advice as required.

Rebecca Bills (Principal)

My name is Rebecca Bills and I am the Tumuaki or Principal at Onewhero Area School. 

Welcome to our school. Our school was founded in 1891 and goes from Year 0 through to Year 13. It is the heart of our rural community. 

Here at Onewhero Area School, we teach the whole student, supporting students to develop the skills they need not just to thrive and succeed here at school but in their lives. 

At Onewhero Area School we extend the learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Our students see learning as part of everyday life and contribute to learning in our community. They learn the skills to be proactive members of society so that as adults they are confident to lead change. Whether it is the change in themselves, their families, their communities, or the wider New Zealand society. 

Upcoming Meetings

2021 Board meetings are scheduled on these dates (mostly Tuesdays):

  • 20thJanuary 7pm
  • 23rd February
  • 23rd March
  • 13th April
  • 25th May
  • 22nd June
  • 27th July
  • 24th August
  • 21st September
  • 26th October
  • 23rd November

Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 6pm.