Kuratau School

MEET YOUR BOT MEMBERS

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES PROFILES

Janet Ness
Role

Principal

Bronwyn Hunt
Role

Staff Representative

General Information

Kia Ora! I have been a teacher at Kuratau since 2013 and the staff rep. since 2014. My husband and I have had a holiday home here since 1999 and it’s an area I have always loved so when a job became available here I applied and was lucky enough to get it. Kuratau School has a special character all of its own. The students and staff care for and about each other and it’s like being in a large family.
Our staff and B.O.T. work together for the continuing improvement of our school achievement levels and to ensure every child is catered for.
I’m married, with 3 adult children and we have a small lifestyle block at Omori/Kuratau. My interests are family, gardening, reading and horse riding. I’m also a member of the Turangi Blue Light.
Na mihi

Sascha Wells
Role

Chairperson BOT Elect Member

General Information

Kia Ora, hello, my name is Sascha Wells. My husband Jeremy and I have three children – one already attending Kuratau School and another starting later this year (2017). Our family moved to Omori in 2013. We consider ourselves blessed to live in such a naturally rich part of rural New Zealand that has much to offer in terms of outdoor activities, lifestyle and community. We are very grateful to have a local school for our children to attend. I personally value education and believe that a positive attitude towards learning in the early years is a strong predictor of personal success throughout life. I see being part of the Board of Trustees as a way of having a more active role in ensuring Kuratau School continues to strive for excellence in education for every child that is enrolled at Kuratau School.

A little about me - my study background is in Psychology and Mental Health. I have worked for the Waitemata District Health Board in adult mental health before taking a role with a Non-Government Organisation working with families who have a child with a disability. During this time I moved into a leadership role managing the provision of a range of services to families in need of support. More recently I have facilitated a Parenting Programme in prison before we moved to this area.

In 2016 I was elected onto Kuratau School Board of Trustees; I consider this responsibility a privilege. I personally think a strong positive partnership between school and parents benefits our children and their learning journey. I hope you will say ‘Hi’ when you see me around school or in the community.
Nga mihi

Katina Hapeta.
Role

Health and Safety

Qualification

BOT Elect Member

General Information

Ko Tongariro me Hikurangi nga maunga
Ko Whanganui me Ongarue nga Awa
Ko Ngati Maiotaki me Ngati Hari nga Hapu
Ko Ngati Raukawa me Ngati Maniapoto nga Iwi  
Ko Katina Patricia Hapeta toku ingoa 
I have lived in Omori/Kuratau for 11 years with my partner Adam Colling. We have
two children, Francesca Hapeta-Colling aged 8 years and Ava Hapeta-Colling aged
6 years both attend Kuratau School.
I am a Registered Nurse and have worked as a District Nurse based at Taumarunui
Hospital for 8 years and now for 2 years as a Practice Nurse at Pihanga Health
Turangi.
I have established professional networks within the Health Sector and the wider
communities across Taumarunui, Turangi and Taupo. I believe Kuratau School
would benefit from having input from someone with a health background and an
understanding of local health needs/issues.
Through my own educational pathway I know that primary education significantly
influences children's learning achievements. It is therefore essential Kuratau School
Board of Trustees provide strong governance and support to enable their teachers to
achieve the best possible education outcomes for the children who attend Kuratau
School.
My work ethic is strong, as is my passion for seeing that children are given the best
start so they are empowered to follow whatever their life course aspirations maybe.
For these reasons I have put my name forward to the Kuratau School Board of
Trustees elections.
Nga mihinui,
Katina Hapeta.

Blair Robertson
Role

Treasurer

Qualification

BOT Elect Member

Charity McOnie
Role

Community

Qualification

BOT Elect Member

Ginny Dodunski
Role

Secretary

Qualification

BOT Elect Member