Who am I?/Ko wai au?
E āku rangatira, tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.
He mokopuna ahau o te mounga titohea, he uri ahau o Ngāti Mutunga, Taranaki, Te Atiawa me Ngāti Toarangatira.
My name is Marnie Reinfelds. I am married to Glen Skipper and our four tamariki; Ngāmotu, Tiki, Pare and Te Wai are all students at Puketapu School. I am a trained secondary school teacher but have worked over the last fifteen years in the health sector in a variety of roles. My last position was Portfolio Manager – Child Health and I was part of the Planning and Funding Team at the Taranaki District Health Board.
My passion is health and wellbeing. I am also passionate about education and see it as a life-long process.
I am currently undertaking my Doctorate in Population Health as a distance student with the University of Auckland. This is a three-year degree programme and I am looking at the experiences of birth trauma and how we might go about developing more trauma informed health care delivery in the maternity health care space. I acknowledge the significant role education plays in personal and population health.
When I’m not busy studying you will see me supporting my tamariki in their sporting pursuits, tending the gardens at Glen’s marae and cooking the produce that we harvest. I am also an active member of my iwi Ngāti Mutunga and maintain my ancestral links to Parihaka Pa. I am a current Board member of Tu Tamawahine o Taranaki and Te Kopae Piripono Early Childhood Centre and have enjoyed supporting both these organisations to aspire in their strategic visions.
Why do I want to be on the board/He aha te take e tū ai au hei mema mō te poari ?
I have accepted the nomination to stand for the Board of Trustees at Puketapu School as I see it as a way I can use my skills, education, professional background and broad community networks to give back to the school community. I am thankful for the caring and stimulating environment the school has provided to my tamariki and have been witness to their amazing growth and development whilst being at Puketapu. It is also a nice touch that as my tamariki are descendants of Puketapu Hapū they can attend a school that is at the heart of the traditional lands of their ancestors.
I would very much like the opportunity to be a part of the Board to support the school with a solutions focus in continuing to live the values of Kia Kaha, Kia Māia and Kia Manawanui. This will ensure all those who are a part of Puketapu School are empowered to be “Healthy, Lifelong Learners”.
Ngā mihi me ngā makaakitanga