Board of Trustees

This is where you can find information relating to the MBAS Board of Trustees.

If you would like to contact any of our Board Members, please email

The Board of Trustees meet every third Thursday of each month (with the exception of January) at 4.30pm in the school library. If you would like to attend and present at item at a Board meeting you will need to email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Please include details about your item and attach any relevant information that can be circulated to the trustees prior to the meeting. All public presentations will have a limited timeframe of 5 minutes.

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Our current Board Members are: Board Chair is Dan Asquith

Tania Dixon Board Member Co-opted Parent
 Candice Van de Ven Board Member  Finance & Student Welfare
Hugh Fairweather Board Member  Staff Rep & Property & Student Welfare
 Daniel Asquith Board Member  Board Chair & Student Welfare
Sidney Savage Board Member  Student Rep & Student Welfare
Gary Hinds Board Member  Property & Student Welfare
 John Wright Principal  
 Jean Waretini-Paul (Acting) Secretary  
 Craig Lidgard Board Member Staff Rep & Student Welfare
Lorraine Macallister Board Member  Finance & Student Welfare
Joe Davis Board Member  Community Consultation & Student Welfare
Max Ross Board Member Community Consultation & Student Welfare

Role of the Board of Trustees

"All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration." - New School Trustees Association Website 2018

For more information about boards, how they run, trustees and becoming one please see the NZSTA website -

For more information regarding Mercury Bay Area School's Board of Trustees please contact the board chair via email at


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