Preparing learners for now and the future

Our People


Sheena Saunders


Helen Maxey

Deputy Principal / SENCo

Tuhua Pod

Matthew Finnigan

Karen Radley

Adrian Harwood

Aongatete Pod

Lynley Wright

Waipapa Pod

Kylie Morrison

Peter Drummond

Kaimai and Tipu Pod

Peggy Bradley

Part Time Teachers
Support Staff

Juanita Meder

Office Administrator

Kevin Rose-McSeveney


Teacher Aides

Wendy Hyland

Also Librarian

Jane Pickering


Board of Trustees






Victoria Denyer

 I was elected to the Board in 2016, becoming Chair in 2018. My husband James and I began our association with Pahoia School 8 years ago when our eldest son started. He now attends Katikati College and our youngest is at Pahoia in Year 5.

After a long stint living in the UK, working in information services, I discovered the Montessori philosophy of teaching and retrained as an Early Childhood and Montessori teacher. I am currently Curriculum Leader for a large Montessori preschool in Tauranga and a member of Council for Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand.

We were drawn to Pahoia School by its community feel, somewhere where our children know and are known by many other children, and where the teaching team really care about getting to know each child and working with them to achieve the best that they can. I enjoy supporting this important work as part of the Board team.


Meredith Miller

Hi, my name is Meredith. I have two children at Pahoia School - Connor in Aongatete and Kees in Waipapa. My husband Nigel and I both grew up in small country towns. Our motivation for choosing Pahoia School was that we wanted them to experience the same supportive learning environment that our childhood rural communities/schools offered.

I am a Wheelchair and Seating Clinical Specialist (Occupational Therapist) providing assessment and provision of specialist wheelchair, seating, and postural management solutions for the Ministry of Health and ACC throughout the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and Lakes District. My role includes national training of physiotherapists and occupational therapists throughout New Zealand, with recent engagements at international conferences.

I am enthusiastic and motivated to support Pahoia School to provide the best opportunities to all of their learners, and to be a contributing and valuable asset to the community. The skills I would bring to the board include: day to day experience with funding applications to government agencies, leadership and supervisory roles, public speaking, and policy review and development.

Finally, and importantly, I would value the opportunity to be involved with the Board of Trustees and give back to the school to which I have entrusted my children. I would feel privileged to be able contribute my skills to the Board of Trustees.



Karl Wansbone

My name is Karl Wansbone. My wife, Neave, and I live on a kiwifruit orchard in Pahoia with our three children. Libby is in Waipapa, Callum will start at Pahoia School later this year and our youngest, Hannah, will start in two years’ time.

I have worked for Trustpower in a number of roles for the last 13 years. I am a chartered accountant and am currently the Financial Controller managing a team of nine with my responsibilities including the accounting, treasury and tax functions. I also have a lot of experience in the strategic planning process and analysis of new business opportunities. Over the past few years, I have gained extra governance experience on the board of the MPAC kiwifruit supply entity where I am currently chairman.

I have enjoyed getting to know Pahoia School over the past two years and the pride the children show in their work, whether at assemblies or Ag Day. I am excited by the ambition there is in the School to continue to evolve the teaching, working alongside the wider School community, to further improve the achievement of each child.

I would love the opportunity to be part of the Board of Trustees and believe that, with my financial, business and governance experience, I would be able to make a positive contribution to the School as it realises its ambition over the coming years.

Kurt Seifert

Kurt Seifert


Our family moved from Hamilton, where I grew up, to a lifestyle block close to Pahoia School in 2017. My wife Amy and I spent several years living and working in Auckland, London and Hamilton but we chose to settle in the Katikati area and enrol our daughter Emma in Pahoia School where she is currently in Kaimai Pod. We were attracted to the smaller school size, the rural setting and the opportunity for our family to be involved in a supportive school community.

From my work and life experience, the key skills I will bring to the Board of
Trustees are strategic thinking, project governance and financial know-how.

I value the opportunity to be involved with the Pahoia School community through the Board of Trustees, and am excited to be a part of the ongoing journey.