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BoT Chairman
Paul Oliver

Hi, I’m Paul Oliver.


I have been a member of the BOT since 2013 and Chairperson

since 2017.

 I live on Black Rock road with Suzanne and our four boys. We

have had children attend Wainuioru School since 2009.

 We love the rural nature, the great people and the family

atmosphere at Wainuioru School. Our boys have thrived on the

academic, community and sporting opportunities Wainuioru School has provided from new entrants through to year 8.

 My work involves managing a seed business that provides crop inputs to farmers in the NZ and seed technology to businesses internationally.

 We are also lucky to be owners of a farm in Wainuioru with the Freeman family. We all love spending time there enjoying the farm with friends.

 Outside of work I enjoy kids sport and spending time with family and friends in the outdoors.

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BoT Health & Safety 
Anja Lister

Kia Ora, 


My name is Anja and I work as an Accountant and Business Advisor at a local firm in Masterton. My husband Matthew and I live on a lifestyle block just out of Masterton with our three boys, Tyrone 15, Henrik 8 and Oden 5.


I was born and bred in Sweden and first set foot in the Wairarapa in 2006 when I attended year 13 at Mākoura College as an Exchange student. I then met my husband in 2010 and have lived in Masterton since.


I am passionate about Education and strongly believe that a good education is very important for all of us. It facilitates quality learning all through life.  


Good education to me is the process of achieving values, moral habits, social skills, problem solving, communication  and knowledge. However, It is important to acknowledge that we are all different and sometimes learn things differently to others.


I am a big fan of swimming, basketball, sailing, skiing and I love spending time in nature.


Matthew and I feel very privileged to be able to send our children to Wainuioru School and be part of the wider Wainuioru Community. 


We have been involved with Wainuioru Playgroup and School since 2017 and I have been on the Wainuioru School Board of Trustees since late 2020. 

My main role on the Board has been Human Resources which has been a great way to see how the School operates behind the scenes and it has given me a great opportunity to get to know our wonderful teachers and staff better. I have really enjoyed working alongside side the other board members and school management. I look forward to continue helping to make a difference and to create a positive experience for our tamariki at Wainuioru School.

Our Board of Trustees


Wainuioru School is managed by a parent appointed board with the Principal and a staff representative making up the full board.


The board members are: 

Chairperson:     Paul Oliver

Secretary:          Kirsten Berry           

Treasurer:          Karen Bunny

Trustees:            Anja Lister

 Property:          Nathan Williams

 Health/Safety : Mel Johns                         



Principal:           Spencer Pallister

Staff Trustee:    Breifne McConnon


The minutes of our BOT Meetings are available  for viewing in our school foyer. 

Our School Charter and Annual Plan 

Audited Accounts can be read here

Trustees are highly active in supporting the school-community partnership building. They actively seek to understand and contribute to the intent and operation of initiatives such as curriculum and vision redevelopment. They have a range of useful systems in place to support effective stewardship. They are well informed through regular reporting on student achievement, well-being and engagement. Their resourcing decisions enhance teaching and learning and enable students to experience individual success. (Education review office 2019)


Mel Johns

Kia Ora Koutou e te Wainuioru Whanau,

Hi I’m Mel Johns,  I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in Wainuioru School and Community since 2011when I first started attending the local playgroup with my two boys. My husband Richard and I live and farm locally on Motukai Road in Wainuoru where we have a mixed sheep and beef farm.

We have 3 Children; George, Will and Fern.  George started at Wainuioru in 2012, Will in 2014 and Fern 2018. With Fern not due to leave until 2026 at the end of year 8 we have a vested interest in Wainuioru for a few more years to come.

We love living and being involved in everything in Wainuioru.  It is a fantastic supportive community and school with many opportunities and we are extremely privileged to be a part of it. The rural emphasis that the curriculum at Wainuioru provides gives our kids a great education and foundation to move onto secondary schooling.

I have been a member on the board since 2020 and am primarily in charge of the health and safety portfolio.  Wainuioru is extremely lucky to have the dedicated staff and parents that help make it such an awesome school and I am grateful to learn from and work alongside them.

I am also a member of WSCA which is the fundraising committee for the school and community and a committee member and volunteer of the School and Community Nursery. 

Being involved in both these committees and on the Board of Trustees has been so rewarding and a fantastic way of meeting new people, learning new skills and helping to make a difference in our kid’s life at Wainuioru.

BOT Property
Nathan Williams

Kate and I run a mixed arable and lamb and beef finishing farm on the Masterton Castlepoint

Road along with some sharecropping and contracting


I was bought up on this property and after attending

Lincoln and traveling abroad I returned to the


We have four children - Toby (Year 9), Sophie (Year 7),

Hugo (Year 5) and Monty (Year 1).

We feel very privileged to be able to send our children to Wainuioru School. We have been

involved with Wainuioru School since 2010 and will be involved until 2026 - I will definitely have no hair left then!  I have been on the Wainuioru School Board of Trustees since June 2016.  My main role on the Board has been property which has been a great way to see how the School operates behind the scenes. I have really enjoyed working with a great group of people and appreciate their help and patience in getting to know how the Board operates.

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                                                  Karen Bunny