Board of Trustees


Governance is where:
The Board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements. Policies are at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the principal.

Board Membership

Trustees are elected by the parent community, staff members and, in the case of schools with students above Year 9, the students. The principal is also a member of the board. The board can also co-opt additional trustees. Co-option cannot be used to fill casual vacancies on a board; a board must hold a by-election to fill the casual vacancy or fill the casual vacancy by selection having first given consideration to the requirements of Section 105 of the Education Act 1989.

A standard board of trustees' membership includes:

  • between three and seven parent elected trustees
  • The Principal of the school
  • one staff elected trustee
  • one student elected trustee (in schools with students above Year 9)
  • co-opted trustees, and
  • up to four trustees appointed by the proprietor (in state integrated schools only).

Becoming a School Trustee

This three minute motion graphic is for use with prospective trustees and briefly outlines what trusteeship is all about.

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MHS Charter 2017

Roger Welsh

Board Chair

Roger is our BOT Chairperson. He is a former pupil of Mairehau and his family has a long association with the school. His children also attended Mairehau High School.


Harry Romana

Harry has been the Principal of Mairehau High School since 2004


Margaret Robertson

Staff Representative

Margaret is the Learning Team Leader of the Arts Faculty, Learning Team Leader of Careers and Dean of International Students


Don MacDonald


Don is a contractor in the medical equipment field. His children attended Mairehau High School. Don firmly believes a good education is vital for our young people to achieve in the world today. He currently chairs the Student Discipline and Health and Safety Committees.



Darrell Suaesi-Faamau

Student Representative

Darrell is the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees.

Heather Couch

Heather works as an Academic Administrator for the school of Law at the University of Canterbury. She has been a parent representative on the Board at Mairehau High School since 2012, following six years on the Board at Parkview Primary School. Heather has had two children at Mairehau.


Murray Ralfs

Parent Trustee

Murray is proud to be on the Mairehau High School Board of Trustees. His sons have recently left school. Murray has a strong interest in the school's development and education. Murray works at Hewlett-Packard in the software development area. Murray is the Deputy Chairperson.


Luana Sutherland


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Luana and her husband have been impressed with the experiences and education that their son received from Mairehau High School and its motivated teaching team. With previous board experiences she felt a commitment to support the school and its students to continue to excel in all areas of education. Luana believes the strength of the community comes from the strength of its school.

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