The governing body of Puketapu School is the Board of Trustees (BOT).

The Board of Trustees govern the school within the terms of the School Charter and is responsible to the Ministry of Education and to you, the School community. Board meetings are usually held in Week 3 and Week 8 of each term. These meetings are open to the public and only under certain circumstances will the meeting move “Into Committee”.

Puketapu School Board of Trustees

Paul Rauputu

Who am I?/Ko wai au?

Mōkau ki runga Tamaki ki raro
Mangatoatoa kei waenganui
Ko Pare Hauraki
Ko Pare Waikato
Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere
Ki te nehenehnui

Tēnā koutou – My name is Paul. I am excited to be nominated for the first time to the board at Puketapu school. I am married to Briar and have two children, Ella and Rico, at school.

I was born and raised in Piopio on our whānau farm. After finishing school and university I was drawn to Asia where I spent 6 years in South Korea teaching English; a thoroughly rewarding experience. Having had our babies in Korea we wanted to return to Aotearoa and ultimately happened upon an awesome community called Bell Block where we currently reside.

I am working for Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW) as an accountant. My interests include cul-de-sac sports with the neighbourhood kids, playing golf, farm life and watching most sports on TV.

Why do I want to be on the board/He aha te take e tū ai au hei mema mō te poari ?

I wish to contribute to the progress Puketapu school is making in strengthening the foundation that shapes our children’s education, well being and self worth. I believe that this is an opportunity to help create a positive difference in our children’s lives.

I want to see each and every student given the upmost oppourtunity to shine no matter their background and ultimately continue on to be an engaged member of their community.

In recent times the growth of our school has been unprecedented and this is bringing capacity and learning environment challenges. I hope to be able to assist the staff and community through this exciting period of development by helping to set clear strategies to optimise the overall performance of the school.

No reira, tēnā koutou katoa

Hayley Adams

Who am I?/Ko wai au?

My name is Hayley Adams. I have two children currently attending Puketapu school, one in Rimu and one in Totara, and a three year old who will enrol next year.

I was raised in Taranaki and my husband was a Bell Block local, who came to Puketapu School along with his siblings. That was a big draw for me when choosing this school and I have been an active, passionate member of the Puketapu whanau since.

In the six years we have lived in Bell Block I have made a huge effort to be involved in the community and organisations such as Bell Block Playgroup and Puketapu Kindergarten.

I love this community, and often get teased from my nephew about how I am ‘friends with everyone’ when walking in or out of the school grounds or at the local shops.

This year I have taken over the running of the Kickstart Breakfast Club, along with an amazing group of parents/grandparents. I am passionate about this as this can mean a better start to a child’s day – whether it be kai, or milo or just a friendly greeting (or a reminder to use manners).

Why do I want to be on the board/He aha te take e tū ai au hei mema mō te poari ?

I am running for the Board of Trustees this year because I love this school and I want to bring a positive, open minded and practical point of view to the table.

Steph Julian

Who am I?/Ko wai au?

Kia ora Puketapu Whanau,

My name is Steph and I’ve been nominated to serve on the board for Puketapu Kura. I’m the proud Mum of Anika – who is currently in Totara 1, and Amalia (Mali) – who goes to Henwood Kindy and will be joining Puketapu next year. I’m married to Lars and we also have two cute but naughty dogs called Sarge and Eddie.

I was born and raised in Taranaki, my parents are from Manaia, and I whakapapa to Ngati Porou ki Hauraki on Dad’s side, and England and Wales on my Mum’s side.

We joined the Bell Block community about 5 years ago, after a stint overseas in both Norway and Australia. Since we’ve come back I’ve retrained as a secondary school teacher and now teach English and Media Studies at Spotswood College.

Some of my other interests include netball coaching (I coach the Spotswood Junior A team), writing and spending as much time as I can with my family. I’m also working towards getting my Masters from Massey University.

Why do I want to be on the board/He aha te take e tū ai au hei mema mō te poari ?

I am really keen to serve on the board for Puketapu as I am very interested in moving education into the future, and I feel that both Puketapu and Spotswood are schools that are embracing what is best for our students.

Many parents have memories of the ‘bad old days’ of education (School C, being made to fit into a box that wasn’t quite the right shape), and I really want to make sure that our kids have better memories of good times and innovative learning at their school.

I want to help Puketapu teachers and staff ensure that our kids are the focus and that every student is supported to do their very best. I would love to be more closely involved with the big picture planning at Puketapu and I feel like I could offer a unique perspective as both a mum and an educator.

Marnie Reinfelds

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.
Tēnā tatou

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

Shannen Robinson

Who am I?/Ko wai au?

Tena Koutou Katoa
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Pungarere o Kahu te awa
Ko Kurahaupo te waka
Ko Ngati Haupoto te hapi
Ko Taranaki te iwi
Ko Potaka te marae
Ko Shannen Robinson toku ingoa

Kia Ora whanau, my name is Shannen, my partner Haki and I have 6 tamariki all who have attended Puketapu School, four of whom are very proud and loyal ex-students, Ropata (22yrs) tragically passed away at 15yrs, Tamara (19yrs), Trinity (16yrs), Tiara (15yrs). Oracle (11yrs) and Raiden (8yrs) currently attend Puketapu School.

Born and raised in New Plymouth my family moved to Stokes Valley when I was 15. In 2002 the yearning to come home was overwhelming so we returned to Taranaki and settled in Bell Block. 2002 was also the year our whanau started our Journey at Puketapu School.

I have been part of Puketapu School and the Bell Block community for the past 17 years, actively involved in many areas of the school, coaching a variety of sports, helping with fundraising, school trips, Kapa Haka, supporting other parents and this year coaching Puketapu Magic Year 7&8 Netball.

I am an actively supporting parent on and off the sideline of BBK Marist Dragons Rugby League, this year managing the Under 9s League team and the Rangatahi Netball team.

Four of our tamariki also attended Te Kohanga Reo o Waiwhakaiho, where I was elected Chairperson for several consecutive years. Although whanau run the kaupapa is basically the same “In the best interest of the child, to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.”

I currently work locally at Tegel Foods Ltd, and I am in a 2IC supervisor role to a team of 100 plus people. I enjoy my demanding role and the diversity of the people I work alongside of.

Why do I want to be on the board/He aha te take e tū ai au hei mema mō te poari ?

I believe for our school to continue to move forward and grow, we need to consistently be looking to where we have been, what we have learnt from our past and how it can help us in our future.

I am also a firm believer in the age old saying ‘It takes a community to raise a child’ and my desire to be on the Board of Trustees stems from this.

I love the Bell Block community and I love Puketapu School, I love the fact the we are not just parents, students or teachers we are all whanau, and to me that is what matters most of all.

No reira. Tena koutou tena tatou katoa

Avon Lewis

Avon Lewis
Staff Representative

Ngatai Walker

Paula Martin
Finance / Note Taker

As the School Administrator, Paula is not a Board member but has responsible for taking and publishing Board Minutes and can be contacted regarding any matter required to be brought to the Board.

Elections for the Board of Trustees for the next three years will be held in May 2022. 

If you are interested in becoming a candidate or to find out how you can vote, please ask at the school office.