Tauhara College

Board of Trustees




Board Chairperson: Julie Yeoman

Tēnā koutou katoa. I am honoured to the Board Chair of Tauhara College for 2018. I have six years of School Trustee governance experience and I am an Accredited Trustee with the New Zealand School Trustees Association. I have been Chair of a school board for five years and touched on every aspect of the role of a Trustee. The most important of which is Student Achievement for all ākonga and being a good employer to the Principal and staff. I am an ex-student of Tauhara College and I bring with me a passion for the future of our local school. The Board is driven to support Keith and the staff in creating an excellent learning environment for all of our students. We represent our school community and thus input from our stakeholders provides the platform from which we plan the direction of the school. The Charter is our guiding document through which we develop our long term and annual plans. These focus around curriculum, finance, property and extra curricular activities. Our role as governors of the school is legislated and regulated by the government and our association NZSTA is a valuable resource to help us in our practice.  

My husband Steven is also an ex-student, together we operate two forestry companies and raise our three children in this wonderful town. Having previously played and coached netball, run half and a couple of full marathons, walked Oxfam and enjoyed many outdoor activities and adventures as a family, my focus now turns to education and doing what I can to contribute to the local school framework. And my first role as a Mother ensures I do a lot of cheerleading, taxi driving and school trips with the children.  To conclude, I will lead our Board to be the best we can be in our role through the values of integrity, honesty and transparency and I share our school's commitment to excellence - tino ū ki tou hiranga -  in my role as Trustee for Tauhara College.  

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Kim Sullivan

Hi, I am Kim Sullivan. Together with my husband Daniel, and son Connor, I have lived in this
community since 2005. I am a dairy cow veterinarian and an Intelact dairy farm consultant.
Connor is currently in Year 9 at Tauhara College and loving it.
I love the outdoors and make the most of this wonderful area that we live in. My family and
I enjoy wakeboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, tramping and family trail bike rides.
Connor is also trying to convince us that, as a family, we should also be snow skiing and
sailing! As small time sheep farmers on our little block, I enjoy the space that living rurally
gives me.
I believe a successful school depends on a sound partnership between the school, parents
and community. It is good quality education, combined with developing a love of learning,
building strength of character and excelling in what we do, that will provide our children
with the skills needed to face our ever changing future. As a parent representative on the
Board of Trustees, I enjoy taking an active role in steering the direction of our school,
building on the strengths of our teachers and pupils, and continuing to make the school a
rewarding and enjoyable place for all.
I am honoured to be on the Board of Trustees, and with my core values of integrity,
excellence and family, I believe I make a valuable contribution to the governance of Tauhara


Tracey Lidington

I am excited and privileged to represent parents on the Tauhara College’s Board of Trustees. My underlying belief in education is that every child must be given every opportunity to experience success and reach their personal best. Each student is unique. I would therefore like to think that every student’s educational aspirations are met at Tauhara College and that it is a school that strives for equity and inclusiveness. I believe in Tauhara College’s ‘Commitment to excellence - Tino ū ki tou hiranga’ and the school’s underpinning values which provide the basis for growth.

I also think that families and whānau play a large role in assisting schools to evaluate their progress and develop.


Gordon Roberts 

I am a Veterinary Surgeon and entrepreneur. After 15 years of managing a thriving business I’m ready to use the skills I’ve acquired to benefit the board of trustees. Returning to New Zealand to send my children to Kiwi schools has been a hugely important decision for my family, as I believe we offer an amazing environment for children in this country, where nature, community and cultural diversity are championed. I’m passionate about education, and deeply impressed with the wonderful job that Tauhara College does of nurturing and supporting its students. I’d like to give back to the school by helping it to grow and develop.


Joanne Lewis

I am Joanne Lewis and I am very happy to be serving on the Tauhara College Board of Trustees. Like all parents, I wish the best for my children and I recognise that their secondary education experience will set them up for life. I see Tauhara College as a school that strives to be the best it can be by providing a high quality and all encompassing environment to support learning. As a parent representative on the Board I want to support that on-going effort.

I am a self-employed resource management consultant and hearings commissioner. A large part of my work is assisting people with local body resource management processes (including analysing policy and regulatory frameworks). As a parent/care-giver representative on the Board of Trustees of Tauhara College I look forward to working with the school over the rest of the Board's term.

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Shane McNally

Kia ora students and families at Tauhara College.
I'm Shane McNally and have recently been coopted onto the Board of Trustees of Tauhara College.

I am currently a Sergeant in the New Zealand Police, stationed here in Tāupo and have worked in the local community for the past 18 years. My wife is a teacher at Tāupo Primary School where I spent approximately 6 years on their Board of Trustees. My daughter is in Year 9 at Tauhara College, and is loving the close-knit learning focused relationships between staff and all levels alike. I have been involved with the College closely over the past six years as Officer in Charge of the CACTUS programme which has had some awesome results for the students involved.

I look forward to contributing more towards the school at Board level and assisting Keith and his staff in their commitment to Excellence for all students. 


Student Representative: Anabella Marshall

Kia ora koutou katoa, my name is Arabella Marshall and I was elected as Tauhara College’s student representative on the Board of Trustees late 2018, a position I am very thankful for and I hope will allow me to experience our school from a new vantage point. I am very passionate about the welfare of students at Tauhara College and, with my position on the board, I aim to ensure that all are able to experience the true Tauhara environment. A healthy learning setting based on care, courage and commitment – as Mr Buntting puts it. I wish to build on these values and ultimately keep with the compassionate nature of our school – I look forward to 2019 and the developments a new year will bring.

Principal: Keith Buntting

I feel very privileged to be the Principal of Tauhara College and am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity of connecting with the cross section of students that make this school such a positive, vibrant and adventurous learning environment. I am also honored to work with a very committed, enthusiastic, future-focused Board of Trustees and a team of teachers who ensure that our students have powerful learning experiences. Prior to this opportunity to work at Tauhara College, I was the Deputy Principal of Morrinsville College in the Waikato, and Learning Area Leader of English at Matamata College. Both schools shaped my journey as a teacher and as a leader, and reinforced my vision for ensuring that education should be a personally relevant and adventurous experience for all students.