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Board of Trustee Elections

It’s time to vote for your board of trustees.

Being a school trustee is an important role that needs people with a variety of skills and experiences, who can make a positive difference to our children’s learning.

Make sure your vote counts. Vote for the candidates who you believe will bring the best skills to the board. All parents of full-time students can, and should, vote in the elections. Your voting paper has been delivered to your letterbox.  Select the trustees you want to represent you, then post the completed voting form back to the school in the envelope provided or put them in the ballot box at  school by Noon on Friday 3 June 2016.


Candidate Statements for the Parent Representative Triennial Elections

Sheralee Barton

Hi my name is Sherralee Barton and I am a Te Puke resident.

I am married with two children currently at Te Puke High School. Our daughter Caitlin is in her final year and son Lochie is in Year 11 this year.

I currently work at Otamarakau School where I am the Office Administrator. I have previous work experience in Office Administration and in the Graphic Design field.

I have been an active Board of Trustees member of the Otamarakau School Board of Trustees for 6 years having held both BOT Secretary and Staff Rep positions. I feel that I have learnt so much during this time and I would like to further my knowledge in the higher education system. I find being part of a Board a very rewarding job.

My previous involvement with the Board of Trustees has helped me develop a level of diplomacy when dealing with teaching staff and other sensitive Board subjects and I understand the need for confidentiality. It has also given me the tools to work within a Board environment as a team to make a significant contribution to children’s learning.

I am extremely passionate about student achievement and I would love the chance to help strive to get the very best for the Te Puke High School Students. I believe in Te Puke High School and all that they stand for and would love to be part of such a proactive team. I believe my prior knowledge could be helpful to your Board of Trustees and I thank you for considering my application.


Mark Boyle

I am very excited about putting my name forward for the Te Puke High School Board of Trustees.  My name is Mark Boyle.  I live and work in the Otamarakau/Pikowai/Paengaroa areas. I am the Deputy Principal of the local school at Paengaroa. I have two children (1 attends Te Puke High School, Y10) and I am married to Fleur (teacher at Otamarakau School).

I am passionate about education and have worked and lead Education for over 23 years in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

I have taught many of the children (at primary level) that now attend Te Puke High and therefore, have a sincere interest in their education and well-being. 

I have a genuine appreciation and vision for the greater Te Puke districts, community and children. I identify and celebrate the diversity within our community and am committed to working with Alan Liddle and the BOT to ensure that Te Puke High School is a forward thinking and a leading educational provider.

Te Puke High School vision is very much linked to my own, which is all about inspiring students and staff to be future focused learners that reach their potential.

I bring a mixture of strategic, educational and BOT experience to Te Puke High School.

The four core values of: mana tangata – respect; mana motuhake – responsibility; whanaugatanga -relationships and whaia te matauranga tikitike reaching potential are areas that I would like to help support and develop at Te Puke High School.

Thank you.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Mark Boyle
Deputy Principal
Paengaroa School


Stephen Butler

Having grown up in Te Puke and being a former student at Te Puke High School I possess a real passion for ensuring that Te Puke High School provides a strong academic, cultural and sporting platform for all children in the community.

I work locally as General Manager for Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool, and am a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, Deputy Chair of the Te Puke Economic Development Group, and a director of Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics.

My initial experience as a parent representative on the Te Puke Primary Board of Trustees for 6 years provided me with a sound understanding of the key governance skills required to lead a school as well as issues that schools currently face. I have been a Trustee on the Te Puke High School Board of Trustees since late 2012, and have been Chair since 2013.

It is important that the school recognizes the diverse cultural spread within our community and that all stakeholder needs are catered for. Te Puke High School is well regarded in the community for its academic and sporting achievements, and would like to see this continue in to the future.

I believe that effective school governance is crucial to the wellbeing of the school, with the result being a positive and supportive learning environment for the children and staff.

If I am successful I look forward to serving you on the Te Puke High School Board of Trustees.


Andy Wickers

Hello, my name is Andy Wichers.

 I am a Mechanical Engineer by trade and run my own business here in Te Puke.

I have been living in Te Puke for over 20 years now with my wife Jodi. 

In that time we have had four children:  Jake, Max, Katie and Lucy, who have attended Fairhaven School and Te Puke Intermediate.   I have enjoyed being involved in both school boards.  Now as the bulk of my Children reach high school age, I would like to continue to be involved at Te Puke High School. 

We have four very diverse children who have a range of abilities which helps me to view school decisions through the eyes of a lot of different lenses.  I have dyslexic children, some sporty, some not so much, some academic and some who are very social.  This has been helpful for me as I consider the choices we make as a board and the effects it will make on a range of children’s and now teenager’s needs.

 I have developed skills and understanding through being part of these primary school boards whilst attending workshops and conferences over the years and have a good understanding of the role of a board member now.  I am a critical thinker and have skills at thinking ‘outside the box’ and would like to add value to a new team in this way.