Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees (BOT) is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. That means that our BOT is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the school, in consultation with parents, staff and students. It is also responsible for ensuring that we provide a safe environment and quality education for the students at Hokowhitu School.

The BOT meets monthly in the school staff room, and meeting dates and times are advised in school newsletters and on the school’s electronic calendar. Board meetings are open to all members of the public, except for matters where issues of confidentiality require us to move into closed session, and we welcome all interested visitors.  If you wish to add an item to the agenda for the BOT to discuss, please contact Lin or the Chairperson (via the school office) in advance.

Our Board of Trustees is made up of our principal, an elected staff representative, and five elected parent representatives.


Alison Arrow is responsible for the Policy and Planning portfolios. The second of Alison's two children is at Hokowhitu School with her oldest daughter in her first year at PNINS. She is a senior lecturer at Massey University’s Institute of Education, where her area of expertise is in the cognitive development of children, with a particular focus on how children learn to read and write.

Brett Calkin is the Chairperson and is responsible for the Personnel portfolio. Brett currently has two children at Hokowhitu School. He has been involved with the school since his eldest daughter began in 2007. He is currently the Road Policing Manager with Central District Police. 

Tim Foss is Deputy Chair and is responsible for the Finance portfolio. Tim’s two sons recently attended Hokowhitu School.  Tim is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years of experience at Thompson+Partners Ltd.

Philip Steer is responsible for the Community and Projects portfolios. He has three children at Hokowhitu School, and is a senior lecturer in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University.


Mike Campbell has been elected onto the Board of Trustees to assist with the Property portfolio and Project Management. He has a daughter who has recently started at Hokowhitu School. He has been in the building industry for 18 years and has run his own company for the last 10 years. Mike has extensive expertise in construction project management, overseeing numerous projects at once, human resources and the day to day operation of a business.

Andrew Hill has been co-opted onto the Board of Trustees to assist with the Property portfolio and Project Management. Andrew is married with two girls - the eldest started at Hokowhitu School earlier this year and their youngest will start at the beginning of 2018.  Andrew currently works for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in a Project Management and Infrastructure Advisory role.

Carlee Hodge is the Hokowhitu School Staff Representative. She been teaching for many years both here and overseas. This is her first time on a school board and she is looking forward to learning and informing the staff about new and exciting things

Community consultation

The Board is committed to developing and maintaining a close and positive relationship between the school and its community. Consultation with the school community occurs in a variety of ways, including regular surveys of opinion.

The results of our most recent consultation surveys are available here: