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BOT Meeting Dates – All meetings commence at 6.00pm.

Open to Public

A Board of Trustees meeting is not a public meeting but a meeting held in public, therefore only trustees have automatic speaking rights.
If you have something you would like to share with the Board, please talk to the Chair, Tania Macdonald, at least 24 hours before the meeting date so that it can be decided whether speaking rights will be granted (and for how long) or whether your information is best dealt with at another forum.
​You may be asked to leave the meeting if the Board deems it necessary to move into “excluding the public” because of personally or financially sensitive material.

Pirinoa School Board of Trustees

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Tania MacDonald

Chairperson

About Me

My name's Tania & I've been on the Board of Trustees for 2 years. I'm currently Board Chair. Scotty & I have been married 16 years, & together we are Sheep & Beef Farming on the family farm. I've come from an accounting background so I'm mostly admin, but get my hands dirty when Scotty needs the help. Scotty is 4th generation on the farm, & an ex-pupil of Pirinoa School. We have 2 girls - Willow & Skye - in Years 5 & 6, at the school. I grew up in Featherston, & attended Featherston Primary, Kuranui College & Otago University. In my younger years I played alot of sports - mostly hockey & athletcis - but nowadays I'm mainly watching the kids. I enjoy watching rugby, playing tennis, horse riding, walking, sewing, music, camping, movies, & getting out on the farm. Recently I completed my first half marathon - a bucket list moment!

E: bot@pirinoa.school.nz

Gene Moore

Principal

About Me

I grew up in Upper Hutt and attended Mangaroa School, a 34 pupil rural school for my primary years before finishing my schooling at Upper Hutt College. After I completed my barber apprenticeship in 1997 I went on to study and obtained my teaching qualification through Wellington College of Education and Victoria University. I have two children, Taylor and Lucy who are both now at Secondary School. I have taught across all levels of primary education, including some time in Nelson where I taught at an Area School before returning to my old Primary School where I was the Deputy Principal. I joined the New Zealand Police in 2008 serving predominantly in the Wairarapa for nine years before returning to the teaching profession in 2018. I'm loving the opportunity to be the Principal at Pirinoa in this amazing part of the Wairarapa! My interests include the outdoors, rugby, cooking, music, classic American cars and movies. I am a member of the Wairarapa Land Search and Rescue and the Lake Ferry Volunteer Fire Brigade . I enjoy getting into the bush, camping or going for a dive (in summer) whenever possible.

E: principal@pirinoa.school.nz

Andrea Didsbury

Parent Representative

About Me

Hi, I'm Andrea Didsbury, I've been on the Pirinoa School Board for 6 years. Guy and I currently have one child at the school and two more who have left in recent years. We farm the land surrounding the school and our children are 6th generation on the farm. I run the cafe across the road from the school and we see ourselves as community minded. Pirinoa School is the heart of our community and it is a pleasure to be able to contribute as a board member.

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Sara Sutherland

Parent Representative

About Me

My name is Sara Sutherland, my husband Roddy and I live just north of Pirinoa on our sheep, beef & cropping farm with our two daughters Amelia and Hannah who attend Pirinoa School. We have strong ties to the Southern Wairarapa having both grown up here (Roddy in Pirinoa, attending Pirinoa School and myself in Greytown) and are the 4th generation of our family to be farming in the Pirinoa area. I have a background in local government and administration, and am currently working as an assistant accountant at a local accounting firm in Martinborough. I joined the Pi rinoa School BOT in 2017 as a minute taker, before filling a board vacancy in 2018 as a parent representative and have been a member since. I have really enjoy learning about the education sector and working alongside the Pirinoa School staff to make our school the fun, vibrant and unique environment that it is for our children.

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Aaron Donges

Parent Representative

About Me

My name is Aaron, I have been on the board for 2 years and an ex pupil of the School my wife Jess and i have 3 Children attending Pirinoa School with Jess working in the office. I grew up here in Pirinoa and love being a part of the School and Community. I have enjoyed being on the board and learning more about how the school works and helping out with odd jobs around the School. I am currently working with Aorangi Trust and building with a background of beekeeping too. In my spare time I love getting out for a dive and doing anything outdoors.

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Natalie Lagah

Staff Representative

About Me

Tena koutou katoa, I grew up on a range of dairy farms around the North Island. I am the second of six children and am a proud Aunt to 3 nieces and 3 nephews. I attended Napier Girls' High School where I boarded for five years before moving to Hamilton to study at Waikato University. I worked on dairy farms as a relief milker, reared calves, sprayed weeds, did fencing and contracting work and worked as a nanny. Following my graduation, I moved to Taumarunui. I taught children aged between Year 3 and Year 6 for five years, coached sports, organised trips, planned productions, sports days and field trips, and managed the school gardens. In 2018 I moved to the Wairarapa and began working at Pirinoa School. My aim is make learning fun and interesting, while allowing children to explore outside of Pirinoa and New Zealand. I love the idea of play-based learning across all levels of the school and enjoy teaching the children about places around our country and around the world.

E: natalie.lagah@pirinoa.school.nz

Jane Gibbens

Minute Secretary

About Me

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