Proposed Board Co-option

January 25, 2024

Under the Education Act a school Board is able to co-opt additional members. When the WC Board meets on Monday 12 February 2024 at 5pm in the staffroom, it is their intention to consider a resolution that Anaru Mill be co-opted onto the Board.  

Anyone wishing to join the Board for this discussion on 12 February is invited to do so. Alternatively, you can write to the Board Secretary at, to share your views about this potential co-option. 

A statement from Anaru is below.


Anaru Mill (Ngati Porou/ Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa)

I was born in the king country (Te Kuiti), raised in Gisborne and have lived in Wellington for the past 36 years.

My wife Juliet and I have had two boys attend Wellington College – Kahurangi from 2010, and Teina – a current student from 2020.

I’m a self-employed policy advisor and negotiator, with a passion for whanau, health and fitness, technology, and amateur building projects.

My father, who was a teacher and then a cop, ensured that I understood the importance of learning and education for our whanau and communities.

I have a ‘life long learning’ approach to education, with a view that the most important foundations and opportunities are set in the early childhood, primary and secondary phases of our kid’s learning and development.

Among other positions, my governance experience includes: Company director of Hingston Mill Ltd (since 2001); Thorndon School board member (including Board Chair); Hereumu Trustee (800 hectare East Coast sheep and beef farm), Board Member Advertising Standards Authority, Member of Public Service Maori Statutory Board, Member of the NZ Food Standards Advisory Board, and Convenor of the 2020 – 2023 Mill Reunion organising committee .