School Board

The Board of Trustees’ role is to govern the school in partnership with the Principal, Staff and Community.

The Principal’s role is to manage the school in partnership with the staff, Board of Trustees and community.

Current Board Members are:

Rebecca Kit
Presiding Member

Kia ora tatou, ko Rebecca ahau. I am the mother of Willow and Bodhi and I sit on the board of Our kura. I was born bere in Tauranga and my husband and I returned here after some travel to raise our children. Tauranga Moana really is one of the most Beautiful places on earth! I have been a board member for coming up 3 years now, the experience has been a real privilege I have attended many workshops through the Ministry of Education on Te Tiriti and governance and I have just registered to attend a workshop on monitoring and reporting. I consider myself a friendly and approachable person, so if you see me free to come up and say hi
"Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa- “Let us keep close together, not wide apart”
I chose this proverb because community is something that is extremely important to me. We have more in common with each other. than we do differences and we all want the same for our tamariki, to be healthy, happy and resilient people.

Charles Palmer
Parent Representative

I was born and raised in Christchurch. and then moved to Sydney where I met my wife Sandy and we had four children and a Transporting Business.
We moved back to New Zealand and settled in Tauranga seven years ago, Where my three sons attended Tauranga Boys College and my daughter at Tauranga Girls College.
I am passionate about children and their education and love to help out, I can to ensure all children get as many positive opportunities in school and in our community.
I have been on the Greerton Village Board of trustees the past four years and also serve on Tauranga Boys College Board of Trustees.

Chris Sio
Parent Representative

My name is Chris Sio, I am the father of Quin Sio who is in his second year of schooling at Greerton Village School - Te Kura O Maarawaewae, my 4th baby to grow and learn at this amazing kura. Previously my daughters Alana (Year 11) and Jessica (Year 10) and eldest son Aiden (Year 8) all rolled through the great GVS machine — my queen Melanie (Mel) Sio also sat on this school board, and I myself was a regular fixture at GVS, coaching a couple of teams and many school activities supporting my three kids attending at the time. Playing a role on the current B.O.T then, is a great opportunity for me to again be involved here at kura, and once again be able to
support my youngest tamariki in his learning journey notwithstanding the school as a whole. My line of work is a Graphic Designer / Videographer which I work at from home. Manuia le aso — have a great day.

Leonie Pouaka
Parent Representative

Kia ora koutou katoa
Ko Maungatautari te maunga
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Ngati Koroki Kahu Kura te iwi
Ko Leonie Pouaka ahau.

I have been with Te Kura o Maarawaewae for 9 years first with my granddaughter Tilesha who is now at Girls College and currently with grandson Albie who is in Whakato te kakano. Married to Joe and have two grown up daughters. Favourite hobbies are photography and gardening.

Tayla Turner
Parent Representative

Hi, my name is Tayla and I'm mum to 3 amazing kids who are all now attending Greerton Village School.
I work for ANZ and enjoy supporting our kids to follow their passions in Rugby, Taekwando and Dancing
Having previously been a student of Greerton Village School, I love that our kids also get to have a strong start to their education and get to enjoy the many opportunities that come their way

Chloe Cave
Staff Representative

Kia ora My name i: Chloe Cave and I represent the staff at Te Kura O Maarawaewae on the School Board. I teach in our new entrant room and have been at our Kura since 2020. I love this Kura and want only the best for our tamariki and whanau. I look forward to providing my support and being a voice for an amazing group of Kaiako.

Kimberley Henderson-Ginns
Rachel Ratana
Minutes Secretary

For more information about School Boards visit –

BOT Meeting Minutes – Download.pdf