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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.

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.

Board Minutes

The minutes from previous meetings can be found by clicking here

Our current Board of Trustees is:

Nicola Kay – Presiding Member

My daughter is in Year 3 at Howick Primary and my son completed all of his primary years at Howick Primary School finishing in 2021.

I love being an active part of the local community and this was my primary reason for joining
the Board of Trustees. I am currently in my second term on the Board.

My husband and I own and run a business, Auckland Guitar School that is based in Howick.

Prior to this I spent 20+ years since gaining a BSc in Food Science at Otago University working in
the Brewing industry, in NZ, Australia and the UK. Through my career I have gained numerous
skills that are of benefit to the Board of Trustees. This includes managing departments from
strategy and target setting, through people management and recruitment, to how to run
effective meetings and projects. I have experience in collaborating between various areas and
understand the importance of ensuring good working relationships are in place.

Through my role on the board I will strive to build a strong relationship
between parents and Howick Primary, support our great new principal and let others know more
about what I see as one of Howick’s best kept secrets.

Franchelle Barker – Property Trustee

Hi there, my name is Franchelle.

I have three children aged 24, 12 and 10 years. I have been a part of HPS for over 7 years now and love our wee school and the opportunities it has given my whanau. My son moved on to Intermediate this year, and my daughter is currently in Year 5. Having an older child who has already been through the education system, you realise how short their childhood years are and that Primary School is the opportunity to be involved.

I have been an active part of the school since we started, joining the PTA in 2015 initially as a member and becoming Chairperson the following year till present.  As a PTA we have achieved some really exciting projects, big and small  and have been able to make a difference in our school for the tamariki now and generations to come.

I joined the school board in 2019 and with thanks to our HPS families, have been re-elected for a second term.  It has been a great opportunity to be so involved, not only my children’s education but your child’s too.   I feel very blessed to have had this time and am really excited to be able to return to normal after the past few years and get to know our community again.

Outside of school I am an Office Manager and help out alongside my husband’s business.

Howick Primary is a great little community and am looking forward to continuing my involvement.

Hamish McCormick

I currently have two daughters at Howick Primary, one in the Keas, one in the Tui’s, and my son will
be starting in 2023. I am passionate about the school being great for all our Children now and in the
future, and it returning to the community hub it was before Covid.

I have an engineering background, and have spent the last 15 years working in manufacturing in
various roles in New Zealand and Australia, and have spent the last 8 years running large
manufacturing sites with between 200 and 600 employees. I currently work as the New Zealand
Operations Manager for a large multinational, and really enjoy being able to bring my skills to help
the school in whatever way I can.

Lucy Duchateau

I have two daughter’s Millah in Year 3, and Maxwell in Year 1 with this being our first year at Howick Primary School. However, I have lived in Howick most of my life, making a move back here to raise my girls.

My background is in events, spending the last 10+ years working on large-scale events around New Zealand and more recently have moved into Fintech looking after global commercial partnerships.

I’m highly motivated and confident and believe I can be an integral part of the school providing enthusiasm, strategic thinking, financial awareness and most importantly ensuring our kids get the best possible support available for their learning and well-being.

Like most parents most of my spare time & weekends are spent with my family, spending the majority of the time at parks, pools or sports drinking cold coffee.

As a new family who loves our community, I am looking forward to the opportunity to give back to help keep it strong.

Kristen Oliphant – Staff Trustee

Michael Earl – Principal and Full Trustee


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