Maungawhau School Board of Trustees
Our school is governed by parent representatives, our Principal Delanee Dale and an elected staff representative.
All of New Zealand’s state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
The current Board were elected in July 2019 by our community.
The board meets twice each term and we warmly welcome our parent community to our meetings. Please check the school calendar for meeting dates and times.
We believe it is helpful to all those attending a meeting to be clear on meeting protocols. Board meetings are meetings held in public; they are not public meetings. If you would like to speak, please write to the Board Chair to request speaking rights in advance of a meeting.
Contacting the Board
If you have any feedback or wish to seek information from the board, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Board Chair through the school office.
Our Board of Trustees
Is governed by our Principal Delanee Dale and the following elected representatives.
I joined the Maungawhau school board in March 2018, and have been in the role of board Chair and parent representative. I have one daughter at school. I am currently the General Counsel and Company Secretary at Precinct Properties, a NZX listed company and the largest owner and developer of premium inner-city business space in Auckland and Wellington. Prior to this role I had a similar role at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and before then worked at law firms in NZ, London and Hong Kong. I was born and raised in Mt Eden and love being part of the Maungawhau community and being able to contribute to the school through the board.
I have been privileged to be part of the school board since I was co-opted in March 2018. I’ve enjoyed contributing towards the governance activities during this time and I’m most proud of the school’s positive ERO review in 2018. To me this highlighted the school has strong leadership, cohesive governance and fantastic teachers and staff. My wife and I have two children, James and Katie. We love getting involved in the school community eg. school trips, assisting in class with maths and reading or coaching sports teams. I am a General Manager at Datacom which is NZ largest IT company and I have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). I’m keen to ensure our school environment provides our students a thirst for knowledge and that the right amount of focus and resources are continued to be placed on teaching STEAM.
With two children at Maungawhau School and after being actively involved in the school’s activities for many years, I feel extremely privileged to be a Board of Trustees’ member. I came to New Zealand’s cold South Island 20 years ago. Now living in warmer Auckland climes, I am a strong believer in bringing students, parents and families together from all backgrounds, as we celebrate the city’s vibrant cultural mix. After graduating with Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and initially working as an engineer, I discovered my passion for people and our community. Outgoing, dedicated and compassionate, this led to my current role as a Licensed Immigration Adviser and business owner, where I consolidated my skills in leadership and effective communication. A strong advocate of social media, I host the school’s group for Chinese parents and for two years, I have led the marketing of the school fair.
My name is Helen and I have been on the Board of Trustees since being co-opted on in March 2018. I grew up in Mount Eden, and after graduating from the University of Auckland, I lived in Australia, France and UK for 16 years working for Shell International. We moved home in 2018; the kids are thriving and love being a part of this great community. I work as a Project Lead in Fonterra’s Global Supply Chain team. I am a facilitator of Toolbox workshops at the charity The Parenting Place, and a certified Clifton StrengthFinders coach helping professionals and university students to unleash their natural talents. I am passionate about wellbeing and personal development, of children and adults alike, and want to ensure that every child’s unique needs and contributions are acknowledged.
I'm a qualified lawyer and spent the early part of my career as a litigator. For more than a decade now I have worked closely with the boards of IAG, BNZ and Westpac. I manage a team of governance specialists at Westpac, helping senior management and directors to change and grow their businesses in a balanced and fair way so I offer a strong mix of legal, governance and practical expertise to this role. My husband and I have 2 young daughters at school, so I have a keen interest in the ongoing success of our Maungawhau school for many years to come and want to ensure good decisions are made that deliver great outcomes for students, teachers and staff.
Kia ora, I am Heath Lewzey and I am privileged to be the staff representative on the Board of Trustees. I see the position as an opportunity to observe in action another aspect of this machine that keeps our community developing and shaping the future. Having been at the school since 2019, I bring a fresh eye perspective to the role and see it as a great opportunity to continue building relationships with everyone in our community. Previous work experience and one of the main reasons I moved into teaching was my passion for learning alongside others and building others up to achieve their goals.
James (Hemi) David
Kia Ora. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the Maungawhau School Board of Trustees. Having spent a number of years teaching and mentoring young people at school, university and in the workplace, I bring a real passion for helping people grow and develop through education. Having lived in the area since the age of 4, I also have a real connection with the local community and the people that live within it. My skills are varied across a range of different areas, with strong business acumen, commercial experience, mentoring and teaching capability as well as qualifications in sports coaching. I am also a super passionate person who loves to get my hands dirty when required, which has already been put into action at our school in my short period of involvement. As a proud Ngapuhi, I am committed to empowering Māori and Pacifica to reach their full potential wherever that is. Currently, I’m the Head of Sales in Auckland at Datacom, New Zealand’s largest technology company. Diversity of thought and ‘outside the box’ solutions are an important part of my role and I know this will certainly help with driving successful outcomes for our school. The first of my four children, Thea, is in year 2 and I’m really excited about being a part of the Maungawhau school community for many years to come.