Motueka South School

He Kura Mā Tātou - A School For Everyone

Board Of Trustee Responsibilities

The board of trustees is a crown entity and is responsible for the governance of this school. The key focus of their role is the improvement of student progress and achievement.
To access our school policy documents, visit the School Docs website here

Use the username: motuekasouth and password: mssbest0450

The board delegates the day-to-day implementation of many of its responsibilities and the supporting operational policies and procedures to the principal, but does not delegate the board's accountability.

MSS Board of Trustees

Motueka South School is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of:

Trustees are elected every three years with the next election due in 2024.

Presiding Member & Chairperson:

Dana Carter

I'm the Presiding Member (Chair) of the MSS Board and have been on the Board since we moved to Motueka from Wellington three years ago. My husband James and I have two daughters: Eva - 10 and Lily - 7.

Both girls very much enjoy going to MSS each day. Being a Board member is a rewarding role that helps me feel connected to the school and able to make a contribution. I love being at the beach, tramping, boating and hanging out with my friends and whānau.

Trustee & Parent Representative:

Kate Everton

I'm Kate Everton. My husband Dave and I have one daughter and one son at MSS and another daughter that will go through eventually. In fact I will be an MSS parent for another 12 years!!

My background is commercial banking and I enjoy utilising this skill in the financial aspect of

board responsibilities. Being a board member is a fufilling way I can contribute to the school community. In my free time you’ll find me at the beach, socialising with friends or on a bike enjoying this incredible region.

Trustee & Parent Representative:

Gabriel Vann

Kia ora whānau, My name is Gabriel and I'm new to the BoT. I have two kids attending MSS, both in Te Kākano. We moved to Motueka from Porirua last year and feel incredibly lucky to have ended up at MSS, as we absolutely love being here, and think the school is very special.

I am a primary school teacher myself, and have been doing some work as a relief teacher. I also run my own cleaning and gardening business part time which I really enjoy. I'm really looking forward to being able to get behind these wonderful teachers and contribute in a small way to our school.

Trustee & Parent Representative:

Adam Coughlan

Trustee & Parent Representative:

Danielle Bridge

Trustee & Acting Principal:

Lauretta Haskell

The principal is the educational leader, the chief executive, and an employee of the board. The principal is also a full member of the board of trustees and is the link between policy and operation.

The principal:

Trustee & Staff Representative:
Deanna Ferguson

Lynley Gordon

All trustees also share the Strategic Documentation & Legislative Requirements Portfolios.