The Board of Trustees is responsible for seven key work areas in the school, which are:

The Board of Trustees is a crown entity and is accountable for the performance of the school to parents, the school community and the crown and in particular, the board is accountable for the on-going improvement of student achievement.

The Board is responsible for designing the future of the school ensuring plans and targets are developed, monitored and reviewed.  The Board ensures decisions are made in the best interests of all students with respect and integrity and ensures culturally appropriate processes are in place.

The Board of Trustees is the employer of all staff at the school and must ensure that all requirements of a good employer are met.

The Board consults with the community as a critical part of developing and monitoring the school charter, and for the Board to be assured that community expectations and aspirations are considered in the decision making process.

The Board communicates with the school community through regular updates on how the school is performing in relation to the charter goals and targets and ensures that effective regular reporting on student achievement occurs.

The Pukeoware School Board of Trustees consists of five parent trustees together with the Principal and one Staff Trustee.

The Pukeoware School Board of Trustees consists of six members elected every three years by parents of the school, the principal and a staff representative. It has the power to co-opt other members if it chooses.

We have enjoyed a very committed and hard working Board in the past who have achieved a lot.  The Board meets monthly. Parents are able to attend these meetings if they so desire. As a courtesy however, informing the Chairperson of intending participation would assist with meeting procedures. Parents may be asked to leave a meeting should a sensitive matter need to be discussed.

Board Minutes are available on this website.

The Board is not responsible for the day to day management of the school and concerns in this area should be referred to the teaching staff and principal. Only when your concerns have not been resolved should there be reference to the Board.


Board meetings are typically held on the first Monday of every month at 7:00pm in Taihiki:

13 February 2023

6 March 2023

3 April 2023

 1 May 2023

12 June 2023

7 August 2023

4 September 2023

6 November 2023

4 December 2023

Actual dates for these meetings, and any changes to them, are published in our school newsletters.  Members of the school community are encouraged to take an active interest in the school and its performance, and are welcome to attend all Board meetings.  Prior notification to the Chair would be appreciated however.


The members of the Board of Trustees for the 2019-2022 triennial term are:

Nicole Ridley

Deputy Chairperson
Scott McMahon

Parent Trustee 

Kurt Pedersen

Parent Trustee
Nigel Griffiths

Parent Trustee
Stephen Maynard

Staff Trustee

Malcolm Laurence

Need to contact the Board of Trustees?

Please contact Nicole Ridley (Chairperson) at nicoleridley@pukeoware.school.nz 

Strategic Plan

The Strategic plan is an undertaking by Principal and the Board of Trustees to the Minister of Education that they will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the school will be managed, organised, conducted, and administered for the purposes set out in the charter and that the school, and its students and community, achieve the aims and objectives that have been set out. The charter is the key guiding document for the Board.

The Board develops an ongoing timetable of review which will regularly report on key indicators to ensure that progress towards reaching strategic aims is continually being made.

This review programme allows the Board to:

celebrate achievement and set new aims and targets
identify areas of weakness and take strategic action

When reviewing the charter, the Board ensures that it is updated in accordance with the National Administration Guidelines.  The Board leads the charter redevelopment process, and ensures that the community plays a part in this process.



We have been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site here. Our username is pukeoware.  Please contact the school office for the password.