Preparing learners for now and the future

Our People


Sheena Saunders


Helen Maxey

Deputy Principal / SENCo

Tuhua Pod

Karen Radley

Senior Team Leader

Lynley Wright

Aongatete Pod

Joseph Gasparini

Jonathan Robbins

Sarah Oemcke

Waipapa Pod

Kylie Morrison

Adrian Harwood

Kaimai Pod

Peggy Bradley

Junior Team Leader

Dylan Parker

Support Staff

Juanita Meder

Office Administrator

Kevin Rose-McSeveney


Teacher Aides

Wendy Hyland

Also Librarian

Jane Pickering

Heather Scott

Teacher Aide



Meredith Miller - Board Chair

Hi, my name is Meredith. I have two children at Pahoia School - Connor in Tuhua and Kees in Aongatete. 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.

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Ko Te Reinga te maunga
Ko Te Hokianga nui a Kupe te moana
Hokianga, Te Puna o Te Ao Mārama
Hokianga, Whakapau Karakia

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Ko Syleena Douglas tōku ingoa.

Our whānau has been a part of the Pahoia School community since 2016. We feel extremely fortunate to be a part of a school which has a genuine commitment to manaakitanga and such a caring and passionate teaching team.

I attended Massey University and studied a double degree in Science and the Humanities. After graduating I completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and taught for a couple of years before moving into a career in Museum Education at Te Papa in Wellington.

Our whānau moved to Katikati for a lifestyle change and in 2016 I completed my Master of Arts in Arts Management, a large component of which involved governance and strategic planning. I am currently working on my PhD proposal, drawing together aspects of heritage, education and management.

I am very honoured to join such a dynamic and capable school board and look forward to serving the Pahoia School community in the future.


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Raymond Gatfield

We, being myself my wife Nicci and son Sam, moved to the area in 2012 having purchased a block at the top of Esdaile Rd. Having grown up in Wainuiomata in Wellington, which had a small town feel and real community spirit built around the local sporting scene, as I’ve ‘matured’ I’ve had a niggle in the back of my head to give back a bit more.
Initially this took the form of a Board Member of the Tauranga Plunket Society prior to it becoming nationalised.
2020 has seen the next step with my appointment to the Board of Trustees for Pahoia.
I am very much looking forward to working with the existing Board members and bringing a pragmatic approach to governance. My background is in finance and trading with a bit of property mixed in. I commenced a new business in 2019 which sees me advocating for New Zealand businesses in the finance space and am loving the challenge.
I am excited to be doing my little bit to help ensure the ongoing success of our fantastic little school.