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Board of Trustees 2019

Tēnā koutou Ridgway Whanau,

My name is Joanna Pohatu, my Iwi are Ngai Tamanuhuri, Rongowhakaata and Ngati Kahungungu. My husband Geoff and I have two son's attending Ridgway School: Kahurangi (aged 9) and Tawhiri Thomas (aged 6).

I have been involved with the Ridgway Whanau Hui group since my eldest son commenced school. I was the chairperson/secretariat for the past 3 years. The Whānau Hui group has been a fantastic way to meet other parents who wish to assist Ridgway school to grow and strengthen its tikanga Maori and Te Reo Māori to ensure we honour our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. I love the support the wider Ridgway whanau have given to our Matariki celebrations and kapa haka.

I am a Senior Policy Adviser for the Ministry of Transport.

I am pleased to be on the Ridgway School Board of Trustees. I look forward to making a contribution to ensure our school continues to succeed and all of our tamariki have opportunities to do their best.


Kia ora koutou, my name is Barbara Dean. I currently have two children at Ridgway, Thomas in Year 5 and Elsa in Year 2. Their little sister Naomi is 3 years old and attends Brooklyn Early Childhood Centre.

I work part time as a resource management lawyer at a law firm. I have enjoyed being involved in the Ridgway community by being on the board for the past 3 years and look forward to continuing in this role.


David Eng

I'm David and I'm looking forward to serving on the Board. My daughter Samantha (Sam) is in year 5 in the French unit.

I currently work at the Treasury, but spent most of my career in higher education, as a Philosophy lecturer and then also working for the Tertiary Education Commission.

As a past-time, I love to play tennis, and I'm also currently the President of the Island Bay Tennis and Squash, but will soon be stepping down.


Rachel Kirkman

I am the mother of Kate (Year 7) and Alex (Year 4 in French class). I was co-opted onto the board in 2018 and have since been managing the property portfolio. I enjoy being involved with the school board and will continue my involvement in the building redevelopment project alongside Cushla. In my spare time I work at GNS Science as a Project Manager.


Cushla Thurston

Cushla's primary reason for applying for a position on the Ridgway School Board of Trustees is to share her professional experience as a practising Architect in the education sector to help guide the major building project at Ridgway School which is currently in the planning stages.

The major building project will affect us all in some way throughout the various stages of the project. The decisions made during the process will shape the architecture and the outcomes of the project affecting not only our current community but also future generations of Ridgway children and families. As a board member, Cushla will do all that is possible to help Ridgway School make the most of the incredible opportunity presented by the major building project.

Cushla and Richard's eldest daughter Nina started at Ridgway School in Kotare this year. They have another daughter Amadee (2 years) who will also attend Ridgway from age 5.



You can email our board: ridgwaybot@gmail.com

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