Board of Trustees

Owhiro Bay School Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees works closely with staff and parents and is committed to the continual development of the best possible educational opportunities for our children.

The Board is elected every three years by the school community to govern the school. This entails development and ratification of school policies, community consultation and supporting the day to day management of the school.

The Board meets twice a term in week 3 and week 8 in the school staffroom on a Thursday evening. There are reminders of these meetings published in the weekly school newsletter.
Parents/caregivers are most welcome to attend any of the Board meetings. Please feel free to contact the Trustees ahead of a meeting if there is information you would like to pass on, or an issue you would like discussed. Their contact details are available from the school office. Board meeting minutes are also available from the office foyer.

Current Board of Trustees

Tineke Giddy (Principal)
Vikki Martin (Staff Trustee)


Peter Noble (Chair)

Hello, I am Peter and I’ve been on the board for the last five years, with the last two as Chair. Ishani and I have been living in Owhiro Bay since 2004, a few months after our first child was born. Arunan and Anusha  are now at SWIS, and Chrishan in in Room 3.


Philippa Henwood


Derek Robertson

Hi, I’m Derek Robertson, I have lived almost my entire life in Wellington but only the last 4 in Owhiro Bay.  My wife Bindi and I have two girls at the school and love being part of a diverse community that centres around the school and kindy.  I am an engineer in my day job so enjoy getting down to the nuts and bolts of issues as they arise and finding solutions.  I’m privileged to be an elected representative on the BoT and am excited to make a positive contribution.

Laurel Barr

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa! I’m Laurel and I, together with my family, have lived in Island Bay for 17 years. My husband Chris and my two sons Kahurangi (10) and Te Po Atarau (7) have loved living in our little bit of country in the city. Kahu was one of the founding children starting at the brand new Kindergarten and then Atarau followed him from age one. My background is in art and education and I am very pleased to be a part of the board to use my skills and passion to the table of our awesome little school. We think Owhiro Bay, the learning community and the amazing people who live here are very special and we all feel privileged to be able to grow here.