Our Board Of Trustees

Our Board Of Trustees 2019-08-01T12:26:09+00:00

St Joseph’s is blessed with a very good range of  expertise and experience on the board of trustees. The composition of the board also reflects the school’s cultural diversity, intergenerational links and commitment to service.

The role of the Board of Trustees (BOT) is governance.

The Board is accountable for student progress and achievement. It provides the strategic direction for the school through the Charter (a long term plan, an annual plan and student achievement targets). It also sets policy, provides a framework in which the Principal manages the school, complies with Ministry of Education (MOE) legal requirements, employs the staff, is responsible for the health and safety of the site, property, finances and self-review.

The Principal is a member of the Board and contributes to governance but is also responsible for the day-to-day management the school, implementing policy, the charter and directed by the Education Act to manage the school as he/she sees fit.

More information on the role of the Board is available here: http://resources.nzsta.org.nz/Parent_Guide/index.html

Our BOT Members

Stan Duarte

Chairperson

Proprietor’s Representative

Stan feels the school strives strongly to model it’s Mercy Values and is privileged to be a part of a great board that is sensitive to matters of equity and justice, and has respect for different cultural, ethnic and family backgrounds and circumstances.

As a proprietor’s representative he actively helps preserve the Catholic Character of the school by being aware of relevant policies and by acquiring further knowledge and expertise in the areas which influence Catholic Character. This is of particular importance for staff appointments, staff relationships, school programmes and student enrolments.

Stan and his wife, Melanie are both active members of our parish community at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.

To contact our chairperson – botchair@sjs.school.nz

Joe Fuiava

Deputy Chairperson, Proprietors Representative

Joe and his wife are proud parents of three children; two are currently students of St Josephs.

Joe attended St Joseph’s Otahuhu though his brothers, sisters and cousins all attended St Joseph’s Onehunga. He also attended De La Salle College under the guidance of Principal Brother Pat Lynch from whom he learnt the importance of setting goals and achieving results through hard work, patience and persistence.

Joe has previously been involved with St Joseph’s PTFA and applauds the achievements they have accomplished to date. He is a parishioner at Holy Cross Parish Papatoetoe where he grew up in and was once a Sunday school teacher within the Samoan community.  In the past he has worked with Youth at Risk in Otara guiding them to make positive choices in life and escape the darker paths of society.

He is keen to advocate for the needs of parents and their children.

Kathryn Powick

Secretary – Staff Representative

Kathryn is a teacher by profession and is a busy mother of five children – three of whom attend St Joseph’s.

She enjoys being part of a group of exceptional parents, principal and senior leaders where the children’s’ education and needs always comes first. Kathryn also acknowledges and appreciates the great work of our teaching staff and support staff in providing and preserving the Catholic Character as best as possible.

Kathryn’s Catholic faith and family are important to her and she brings a young, fresh perspective to the board.

Paula Hill

Treasurer – Parent Representative

Paula’s skills, experience and passion for my children and the community hold her in good steed as a representative on the Board of Trustees.  She has always stood for those who have no voice, and always makes herself available to listen to those who need to be heard.  She is able to bring a different perspective and apply a different lens to decision making based on her experiences and skills.  She is well known within my colleague and peer groups to have a tenacious work ethic, and would applies the same to this role.

Abba Fidow

Proprietor’s Representative

Abba is passionate about family.

Abba is a senior manager for Le Va, an organisation that works alongside the services and people who deliver mental health and well being programmes to predominantly Pasifika communities.

Abba has worked in policy and strategy roles across central and local government for more than 15 years. He has been a senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (now Pacific Peoples) and the Ministry of Social Development. He has also worked as a manager of community and social policy within Auckland Council.

Abba and his family are members of the St Therese parish in Mangere where he helps out on the parish council.

Abba is Samoan, and thankful to his hard working parents from Togafu’afu’a and Gagaifolevao on Upolu for giving him the confidence and opportunity to achieve his goals.

Leilani Hoyt

Parent Representative

Leilani’s drive for being on the Board of Trustees is to ensure she represents all parent voice in board decisions.  As a Careers Advisor  & Community Facilitator by trade, she know firsthand the skills our children need to have to be confident and capable in the workforce as well as in the world. Fa’afetai Lava and I thank you for allowing me to represent our community on the BOT.

Leo ‘Aholelei

Parent’s Representative

Leo’s interest in joining the Board of Trustees in 2019 stems from his passion for education, his sense of belonging to a prosperous school community and his strong sense of service.  

Leo feels honoured to join as a parent representative on the school board of trustees to contribute to the positive growth of our children, so that when they leave St Josephs, they are prepared and confident to thrive in the next stages of life. 

Father Vijay

Proprietor’s Representative

Lily Henry

Parent Representative

Lily is thrilled to be a parent representative on the St Joseph’s Board of Trustees. Her family has been a part of the St Joseph’s community since 2003 when her eldest son joined Mrs. Bowers new entrants’ class. Since that time, she has had 3 more of our sons,  go through the school. Currently her twin girls,  are in Yr7 with Mrs. Beazley.  Lily is married to Patrick Ikiua, and they strongly support the special character of our school and the excellence in student learning provided by the staff led by Mrs. Massey and previously by Mr. Andy Thompson. 

Lily is very involved in community work.  Her recent community work includes management of a charitable op-shop with seven part time staff. The role includes support and promotion of events in the Oranga community. Whilst in this role she has completed professional development courses in: Public Speaking, Recruiting Voluntary Staff, Understanding and Treating Self-Harming Behaviours and attended the 10th anniversary Tonics Conference held in Rotorua. 

In 2018 she was one of the recipients of the Champions, Campaigners, Change-makers Community Award proudly sponsored by Auckland Foundation and Womens’ Fund. 

It is an honor to serve on the St Joseph’s Catholic School Onehunga Board of Trustees.

John Vea

Parent’s Representative

John is undertaking a PhD in Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology. His research discusses social politics of Moana Nui/Pasifika groups living in hegemonic countries such as New Zealand and Australia through art.  Johns PhD candidacy has given him the opportunity to become a lecture for undergraduates in the Visual Arts programme at AUT.

John wants to be a proactive parent in his childrens education, and by being on the BOT am able to have a voice on his kids and their classmates experience at St Josephs School.

BOT Files

2018 Annual Accounts
July 2019 Agenda