Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees works on behalf of all of the school’s stakeholders and is directly accountable for the performance of the school. The Board works in the area of governance which involves:

  • strategic leadership
  • setting of the vision for the school
  • ensuring compliance with legal and policy requirements
  • clear delegation for the day to day management of the school to the Principal

Kyran Smith, our Principal, acts in a CEO role on the Board reporting to the Board as a whole. The Board does not involve itself in the administrative details of the day to day running of the school. The Board is positive and proactive in its operations. Our elected parent trustees, along with the Principal and staff elected trustee form the Board. At all times they aim to support the Principal, staff and students with a clear focus on enhancing student learning and outcomes.

Board meetings are public meetings and whānau are welcome to attend these meetings. Meetings are generally held on a Wednesday evening twice a term and are advertised in our newsletter and on our website calendar.

If you wish to contact the Board directly, please do so through the school office, or feel free to email on chairperson@kahurangi.school.nz.  If you do email please allow 3-5 days for a reply.

Board Trustees

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Cathryn Curran-Tietjens

Chairperson - Parent Elected Trustee

About Me

Kia ora koutou. I have been Chair of the Board since my election onto the Board in 2016. I have three children, two of whom are at Kahurangi School (my daughter Drew is in year 8 and son Will is in year 6). My eldest, Meg (currently in year 10 at WEGC) also went to Kahurangi School. The school is a very special place for our children to learn and grow. I feel very proud of Kahurangi and particularly our tamariki, staff and leadership. I feel confident we are heading in the right direction to ensure the young people in our community are supported to be the best they can be both individually and collectively. I have got to know many of the children over the years and feel very invested in their education, and the positive contribution they can make to the community as leaders who value learning, pride, culture and community.

E: chairperson@kahurangi.school.nz

Kyran Smith

Principal

About Me

Kia ora koutou! As the principal of our school it is my job to act as the board's educational leader and 'chief adviser' and to manage our kura in line with the Board's direction and policies.

E: principal@kahurangi.school.nz

Tama Kirikiri

Parent Elected Trustee

About Me

Tēnā tātau e te whānau o Kahurangi. Nei rā te mihi matakuikui ki a koutou katoa. Nō Te Whānau-a-Apanui rātau ko Ngāti Konohi, ko Ngāti Rākaipaaka, ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Kāi Tahu ahau. Ko Olivia Kirikiri tōku hoa rangatira. Tokotoru ā māua tamariki. Ko Maxwell te mātaamua (8 tau tōna pakeke) ko Ariana (6 tau tōna pakeke) ā ko Charlie Manu (4 tau tōna pakeke) te pōtiki. I am privileged and humbled to have been voted on to the Board of Trustees of Kahurangi School. Kyran and her staff do such an amazing job in providing a caring, nurturing and stimulating learning environment for our tamariki and I deeply value the opportunity to be able to support them, our tamariki and the wider Kahurangi whānau through my involvement with this incredible group of people. Having been a Primary School teacher and now working at the tertiary level at Massey University, I thrive on being able to be more connected with what is happening with not only my own tamariki but all of the tamariki at Kahurangi through this position. Kia tau ihio rā ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a tātau katoa!

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Ben Powdrell

Parent Elected Trustee

About Me

Kia ora whānau, Ko Ben Powdrell au, No Heretaunga au. Ko Francesca Carney tōku wahine, Ko Leo rāua ko Rūhī-Grace, ko Frida āku tamariki. I am proud to be on the Kahurangi Board of Trustees for a second term to support the work of Kyran and the excellent staff at the school. I am also involved with Kahurangi Friends helping out at Kotahi, the Halloween Disco and represent the board on the Motu Kairangi Kāhui Ako to better serve the tamariki moving onto secondary school. I work in the Film and TV Industry in Wellington. Ngā mihi mahana, nā Ben

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Jenny Gill

Parent Elected Trustee

About Me

Kia ora, ko Jenny Gill ahau. My husband Simon and I have 3 daughters. Izzy (Year 5) is in Rachel’s class, and our eldest 2 daughters are at Wellington East Girls College. We moved to New Zealand 9 years ago from the UK. We lived in Ngaio for the first 5 years of being here but moved to Miramar nearly 4 years ago to lead a church here in Miramar. We love living on the Miramar peninsula for many reasons - it’s close to the sea, it’s flat (good for running!) and it has great cafes. I think the thing we love the most about this little motu though is the incredible diversity here, with people from many cultures and backgrounds all living in such a small area. We have always deliberately chosen our local school for our children to go to as we passionately believe in playing our part in the community we live in. Part of that for us is supporting our local school the best we can. We love Kahurangi School for its values, its diversity, and the feeling of warmth and whānau that was obvious from the day we first looked round. I work 30 hours a week and so I am often unable to support the school by going on trips, and helping out during the day. Being on the school board is a way I can invest in the school with the abilities and time that I have and I am committed to playing my part in seeing Kahurangi continue to build on the incredible strengths it has, in whatever way I can.

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Bessie Fepulea'i

Parent Elected Trustee

About Me

Coming soon...

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Angela Keane

Staff Elected Trustee

About Me

Talofa Lava! I'm the Staff Elected Trustee on the board. It is my role to bring a staff perspective to the board in the same way that parent trustees bring a parent view. I also work at Kahurangi as a Teacher Aide and Office Assistant. I love contributing whatever I can in all of my roles for the benefit of all the children at Kahurangi.

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