Preparing learners for now and the future

Our People


Sheena Saunders

Acting Principal

Tuhua Pod

Matthew Finnigan

Karen Radley

Adrian Harwood

Aongatete Pod

Lynley Wright

Waipapa Pod

Kylie Morrison

Kaimai and Tipu Pod

Peggy Bradley

Peter Drummond

Part Time Teachers

Support Staff

Juanita Meder

Office Administrator

Al Ussher


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.


Steve Shirley

My name is Steve Shirley and I would like to represent you on the Board of Trustees for Pahoia school. Our family has been in the area since 2016. My son David is currently year 5, my daughter Nicole attended Pahoia year 6 in 2016. She and her older sister now attend Aquinas College. My wife Gemma is a nurse at Katikati medical centre and together we live on our Kiwifruit orchard.

I’m employed by First Gas which own the Natural Gas transmission & distribution pipelines transporting Natural Gas throughout North Island. Locally, I design & project manage distribution networks including CAPEX budget approval.

I have had a 28-year career within engineering: Aviation then Power and now Gas. I have managed technical project teams, finance, service contracts and sales teams.

I have always been involved in sport and I’ve met many Pahoia parents through Ripper Rugby and Te Puna Rugby club where I coach.

At our last location, I was on the committee of Te Puru Scouts including a year spent as the Chairman.

I grew up in rural Waikato attending Tauhei Primary (62 kids), Morrinsville Intermediate (220 kids) then Morrinsville College (650 kids). My father & mother were Sheep & Beef farmers.

Post-school education included Engineering Trade training by Air New Zealand followed by an Engineering Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Business (MBA) from University of Auckland.

During my education, I have observed that learning comes to different people via different channels. The support structures surrounding the educators and the student makes the culture of learning successful. Those of us at school in the 70s & 80s learned only to recite, it was only after school I learned to think.

I am glad to see that education has changed and that students are encouraged more to think of how to find a solution. Sometimes listening to my children talk about their school day I wonder how it can be so different, but I rejoice with the observations made that they are learning to think.

I believe that I can add value to the student’s education at Pahoia school by becoming a Parent Representative Trustee on the board. I hope I can have your support.