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BoT Chairman

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

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:           Gene Bartlett

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

BOT Property

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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