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Introducing the Board of Trustees

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Fiona Deehan - Presiding Member

I'm Fiona or Fi….I’ll answer to either! I’m really happy to introduce myself to you as the newly appointed Board Chair of the Board of Trustees for our kura. My daughter, Cara, is 7 years old and in Tawai and my son, Lucas, has just turned 8 months. I’m Irish, married to James (who is also Irish) and we have lived in Ōtautahi for almost 13 years. In my paid work, I am a strengths coach, facilitator and consultant for leadership and wellbeing in communities and workplaces. Seeing individuals, workplaces and communities flourish and thrive is what motivates me.

If you see me around school, please say hi or kia ora. I’m happy to chat to any of you about what you see is working well and what’s not working well in our kura - I think we should celebrate and acknowledge our strengths and successes as well as identify what needs to be improved and how we might work together to uplift and support our tamariki, our whānau and our wider school community to succeed.     /

Robbie Blakelock - Deputy Presiding Member

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Kia orana, ni sa bula vinaka, talofa lava, kia ora e te whānau I'm Robbie, and I’m stoked to be the Deputy Chair of our School Board. I’ll be working with Fi to co-lead our Board and support our amazing kaiako, kaimahi, ākonga and whānau. I’ve got two kids, and you’ll see Jamie (6) cruising around Māhoe, and Esther (4) playing in the sandpit and on the playgroud at pickups with my partner Emma. I’m Tangata Tiriti and Tangata Moana and my pronouns are he/him. My dad’s parents came over from Rarotonga and Kadavu back in the late 1950s and my mum’s family have roots in England and France. Mum grew up in Golden Bay on a farm, Dad was born in Wainoni and grew up in Motueka, but I was born in Auckland and lived in Hamilton for a while before moving to Ōtautahi in 2003. I’m from all over the motu and the Moana! I’m the oldest of three kids, and our whole family loves playing music.
I keep busy during the day as a manager at Tatauranga Aotearoa (Statistics NZ), and I love creating space for people to be themselves and do work they’re proud of. I look after the Disability Insights Team, and I’m super passionate about learning and leading in more inclusive ways. I’m always keen for a yarn - especially if there’s coffee! I love sharing radical ideas for ways we can work together as a whole community to care for, support, and develop all of our tamariki mokopuna to have awesome achievement, brilliant behaviours and be connected citizens! I think our kura is pretty awesome, our community is full of strength, and I’m excited for our future.Waea mai e te whānau - get in touch!   /

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Andrew Green - Elected Member

Te Paea Paringatai- Elected Member

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Kia tōtoia ngā waewae o te mokopuna ka whai taki. Tihei Mauriora! Tēnā rā koutou katoa, ko Te Paea Paringatai tōku ingoa, he uri ahau nō Waikato me Ngāti Porou. E mihi kau ana tēnei ki a koutou i roto i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. 

I am a new board member appointed in September this year so a huge thanks to you for your trust and confidence. In my day job, I am a Portfolio Director and I am also part-time Adjunct Faculty delivering library and information education. I bring relevant governance experience having completed a term as a Commissioner and currently being on several other governance boards, nationally and internationally. I enjoy working on initiatives for authentic community engagement as part of strategic planning and believe that good governance involves staying focused on the strategic direction of the kura and ensuring that student achievement, student voice and student well-being remain at the heart of every decision. I have a long-term interest in the continuing success of Addington Te Kura Taumatua with a daughter and son enrolled here. I spend my free time involved in whānau, hapū and rāranga activities. I hope my governance experience together with an education/information background will make a valuable contribution to our kura and wider school community. I welcome the opportunity to connect, listen and share, so please feel free to reach out if you see me at kura or email me nō reira me kī, ko koe ki tēnā, ko au ki tēnei kīwai o te kete. Mā tātou katoa te mānuka e kawe.    /


Dr Karaitiana Taiuru PhD, JP- Elected Member

Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāti Rārua/Pākehā

Full bio to be added    /


Donna Buchanan - Principal

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