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

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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!

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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 -Deputy Chair

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.”

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.

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. 

Clyde McCabe – Parent Representative

I have lived in the Onewhero region for over 10 years now, my children Anna and Dominik are both Juniors at Onewhero Area School.
I grew up in Northland (Dargaville region), living either on, or around farms, I moved to Pukekohe East when I was 15, and completed my schooling at Pukekohe High.
My first job was at Woolworths Pukekohe, then I moved through many different careers including Horticulture, Farming, Forestry, eventually moving into Retail and then as a Systems trainer.
Some of the places I have lived; Nelson, Most parts of Auckland, Whangarei, Prague (Czech Republic).
I have been self-employed since returning from Europe over 10 years ago, and work with many businesses ranging from Public (government departments) and Private sector, I believe this knowledge and my affinity with the rural lifestyle makes me a good fit for the Board of Trustees and I look forward to being part of the community voice towards our families education.

Sara Bacica-Hutchison - Maaori Community Representative

He waka eke noa ~ All in this boat together, no exceptions

Kia Ora OAS Whanau, 

I believe the strength of the connection between school and community is a precious taonga, and so it is a privilege to serve as a board member and co-opted Maaori Community Representative at OAS, where my three sons also attend.

Home for me originally is urban South Auckland where I grew up amongst an incredibly diverse community; home for my children is here in rural Franklin/ North Waikato where they have been born & bred-so my heart lies equally with both. I have worked with our rangatahi in both places, from ECE to high school, with a passion for finding ways to foster Maaori wellbeing in education and innovative methods of teaching & learning.

I look forward to being able to kanohi ki te kanohi about our children at OAS and how we collectively row our Kura waka toward a no limits learning experience for all.

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
  • 16th December

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