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Friends of Howick Primary
Phone - (09) 534-6082  Email -
The school is governed by the Board of Trustees, an elected group of parents/caregivers.
All parents/caregivers are able to vote for these members when an election is held, usually every three years. The school keeps an electoral roll of all eligible voters. The Principal and staff representative represent the staff members.
Board of Trustees meetings are held monthly in the school Boardroom on a Monday at 7.00pm. Check the calendar for dates.

Our Chairperson, Christina Bevan tendered her resignation from the Board of Trustees effective from our meeting on 11 March 2019. We appreciate the work Christina has done in her 5 years as Chair. We would like to sincerely thank her for all she has done. She will continue to be our music teacher and choir trainer for the foreseeable future.

A new Chairperson of the Howick Primary Board was elected and it is Peter Mitchell, who is currently the treasurer. We appreciate Peter stepping up into the role to see us through to the BoT elections which happen in June.

Mrs Mo Stewart also tendered her resignation as the Montessori Board Chairperson. The Stewarts are off to live in Christchurch very soon.  We have enjoyed a very positive working relationship, promoting our successful partnership and we will miss Mo and her girls very much. John Mellows was elected by the Montessori Board and will stand as their representative on the Howick Primary School BoT.

Please consider being part of the governance of the school.  We will have an information table at the International Food night so you can see how your skills and knowledge can benefit not only your own children and family but all of those at Howick Primary School.

All board meetings have a public component to which anybody is welcome.  Please come along to any of the upcoming meetings to find out more about how you can make a difference to Howick Primary.

Our current Board of Trustees is:

Peter Mitchell – Chairperson and Treasurer

My Partner, Wil (Executive Officer, School secretary, PA, Vice-Chair of the PTA, the face of the school  and always smiling) and I have two most beautiful boys, Bo and Miguel. We came from South Africa about five years ago and found this beautiful school in Howick which is full of personality, potential and awesome people doing great work with our children. Our family was embraced by the community and have developed strong bonds and friendships with many of the lovely people that have children in the school and that work at the school. We are privileged to be part of this community. This school and it’s community are supportive, encouraging and loving. Everyone is focused on achievement and everyone celebrates it with all their hearts.

It is a great pleasure for me to be the Treasurer of the BoT and to be working with the Communications and Marketing.

I have had many years of experience in business management and have a creative mind so I look forward to finding ways that I can contribute in a positive way that will enrich HPS and build lasting relationships. I enjoy working with the team on the BoT and with Leyette as Principal of this school.

Stu McColl – Property Trustee

I’m Stuart McColl, one of the current parent Board of Trustees members. I joined the board mid trustee term in 2015. I’m married to my lovely wife Amy, dad to our three kiddies Zoe (8), Asher (6), and Quinn (1).  As a profession I’m a senior manager for J.A. Russell Ltd, New Zealand largest electrical and data supplier, specialising in Data & Technology. I bring to the Board of Trustees a high level of commercial experience and business acumen, obtained from working in the private sector, flanked by grounded practical and technical skills. I have found the Board of Trustees environment a great place for individuals to serve as a team and utilise their combined skills to benefit the wider school. It’s has been a pleasure to be involved thus far with Howick Primary School, and I look forwarded to continuing to help improve school life and the education of our kids.  


John Mellows – Montessori Chair

Kristen Oliphant – Staff Trustee

Leyette Callister – Principal and Full Trustee

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