Board of Trustees

Wanaka Primary School Board of Trustees takes an active role in the governance of the school. Governance means the Board of Trustees are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school in consultation with staff, parents and students.


  • Board Members

    Our board consists of:

    Andrew Howard - Board Chair

    Hello.  My name is Andrew Howard, most people know me as Howie, and I am chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wanaka Primary School.  My oldest daughter, Ayla is in year 6 and I have twins, Casey and Sienna, in year 3.  I work at Mitre 10, managing the hardware and tools area, amongst other things, and my wife, Jodie, is deputy principal at Hawea Flat School.  I have worked previously as a teacher and there are often conversations around modern education in our household.  As a family we love the outdoors and enjoy, tramping, sailing, biking, skiing and many other fantastic opportunities that Wanaka provides.

    I feel extremely privileged to be in my role at Wanaka Primary School.  I am fortunate to work with a dedicated and professional team of trustees and we are very well supported in our strategic and governance roles by having a superb leadership team.  I have found Wanaka Primary to be full of innovative, hard-working educators who are completely focused on raising student achievement and providing a caring, nurturing environment.

    I believe strongly that teachers, management, board and parents all have the best interests of their children at heart and there needs to be open and honest communication so that all points of view can be heard and understood.  There also needs to be respect for differing points of view and a commitment to continually improve practice to ensure the best possible outcomes.  As a Board we are united in wanting the best for our school and I am always open to hearing any thoughts, or concerns that you may have.  If you would like to get in touch with me you can email on

    Karina Sharpe - Staff Representative

    I have been teaching close to 20 years now, most of which has been in Auckland.  Four years ago, I moved with my husband and son to Wanaka and took up a teaching role at Wanaka Primary.  It was one of the best decisions I have made and I love being part of this community and school.

    My role on the Board is to support Wendy, keep the staff informed of Board matters and to liaise between the Board and staff.

    I care deeply about the well-being of this kura and I am excited to be able to work alongside the Board in ensuring that this school continues to provide quality opportunities for staff, students and whanau.






    Jen Jurczyluk

    I moved to Wanaka 7 years ago and love everything the community offers. My husband and I are both qualified pharmacists and owners of Wanacare pharmacy. We have enjoyed serving the community through our work.

    Throughout my time in Wanaka I have been involved in the community through the play group committee, volunteering in and around the school and at Montessori Children's House. In my spare time I have learnt to sail at the Wanaka Yacht club and keenly support my children's interests.

    With 3 boys currently attending Wanaka Primary School, and my daughter to start in a few years, I feel privileged to be part of the Board of Trustees. I am looking forward to supporting the school, its staff and students and am excited to be involved in the future direction of Wanaka Primary School.





    Mitch Campbell

    My family and I are now in our third year here in Wanaka, although we've been visitors for many years. Originally from rural Taranaki, my first stint down south was five years of tertiary and post graduate study at Otago University before heading north to Auckland, London and then back to Auckland to further my career in advertising and media.

    My wife Portia and I left the hustle and bustle of city life in search of a better lifestyle for our two children Millie (6) and Carter (4). We knew what Wanaka could offer us and our kids - they are both thriving in this great community and we couldn't be happier. Already I have been really impressed with the progressive guidance that Wanaka Primary School offers, especially in regards to the research and world-leading education work that the WPS staff have been involved with through the University of Otago.

    Since moving to Wanaka I have traded my sales and negotiating roles from media to property, and now am with the local Ray White team here. Portia is actively involved in children's development, nearing completion of her studies to become a psychotherapist and launching her own practice specialising in children and adolescents. Inevitably sharing in her learning experiences, we both appreciate and value the critical importance of childhood education in forming and shaping a child’s identity and path to growth. Understanding this, I joined the WPS Board of Trustees as I want to be actively involved in helping shape the future of Wanaka's children's education.

    We are an active and social family, so if you see me out and about with the kids, whether it's up the mountain, on the golf course or on the lake, please say hi and feel free to share your experiences, thoughts or suggestions for WPS.

    Niamh Shaw

    My family moved here in May 2017 and we love Wanaka for its amazing landscape; what it offers our kids; and its wonderful, supportive community. We feel incredibly fortunate that our children can benefit from Wanaka Primary School’s high quality, supportive and challenging learning environment.

    My background is in Project Management, working mainly in the IT and telecoms industries in Europe and the Middle East and, most recently, as Funding Consultant for the Waitaki District Council.

    I am proud of having grown two incredible mini-humans within the last seven years, while being heavily involved in local charities and non-profit organisations. I have volunteered in the roles of Media and PR Officer, Grants Officer, and President of the North Otago Toy Library; and Grants Officer for the Wanaka Community Toy Library. I am currently the Coordinator of the Walking School Bus, and President of the Wanaka Community Supporting Our Northlake Neighbours Incorporated.

    I feel privileged to serve on the Board of Trustees in supporting the school staff, shaping the future of our childrens’ education, and helping to preserve the school’s valuable role in the heart of our community.

    Brendan Hearle - Finance Officer

    At the beginning of 2016 my family and I made the treacherous crossing from the North Island to the South Island on a Ship called “Bluebridge” and ended our journey in the paradise we all know as Wanaka!

    My wife Maria, son Xander, daughter Cienna and I had been living in Auckland for the past 10 years and although we enjoyed our time there we had wanted to move to Wanaka since falling in love with the place many years ago on a skiing holiday.

    My whole family has been warmly welcomed by the wider Wanaka community and I’d have to say that I haven’t ever lived in a place that has so much energy and passion for both business and outdoor pursuits.

    I’ve spent the last 17 years working in the financial sector both in NZ and in Ireland and have been fortunate to work in various roles (leadership, sales, credit, operations and strategy). I’m currently working for the BNZ looking after the Asset Finance Portfolio (AKA shiny mobile toys – Helicopters, Trucks, Diggers, Boats) for Otago and Southland.

    I wanted to join the Wanaka Primary School Board as I appreciate the school, am passionate about my kids’ education, wanted to get involved and give back to the community and share my skills. I am grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to assisting the board from a financial perspective and meeting more of the school community whether that be on the soccer fields, snow fields or school events.

    Wendy Bamford - Principal

    Lucy Jewell - Secretary

  • Board Dates

    Board Meeting Dates

    Meeting Dates for 2019
    Term 1 Monday 25th February - Monday 1st April
    Term 2 Monday 20th May - Monday 17th June
    Term 3 Monday 12th August - Monday 9th September
    Term 4 Monday 4th November - Monday 2nd December
  • Minutes

    Board Minutes

    Click Here to see the Board minutes