The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school and includes a mix of experienced and newer members. Parents, caregivers and friends of the Oteha Valley School are welcome to attend Board meetings, which are on the third Monday of every month. The Board has selected to have triennial elections, which means board vacancies arise every 3 years.

Our Board members are:

Georgina Dew  - Presiding Chairperson Elected

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My name is Georgina Dew, I’ve been serving on the Board of Trustees here for 4.5 years now. I have a son at Oteha Valley School (OVS) in year 4 and a daughter in year 9 at Long Bay College. I am a senior cardiac sonographer at North Shore Hospital.  I offered to be a part of the Board of Trustees at OVS as I saw it as an opportunity to support our school and serve our community. I currently serve as the Board Chair.


Rose Neal -  Principal

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Kia ora,

I am proud to be the Principal of Oteha Valley School and to work with our elected and co-opted parents and our Staff Trustee on the Board of Trustees. I value the diversity of our children, staff and parents and whanau, and feel this is a strength of our community. I feel fortunate and privileged to work in such a supportive community.


Sherryl Prangley Deputy Principal - Staff Trustee

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I am one of the Deputy Principal’s of OVS and have been the Staff Representative on the BOT for several years.  I enjoy working in this ever changing and growing community and find connecting with parents through the board has been very rewarding as we work together to make important decisions for our school.  One of my responsibilities for the BOT is Health and Safety and Property which has recently been to plan, design and work on our new 18 class building.  


Justine Haves  - Elected

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My name is Justine Haves, I am the proud Mum of three children, two of whom have already graduated from Oteha. After a long connection with the school it is a privilege to be a board member and try to help as we grapple with growth and other challenges facing the school, to ensure we can support the provision of a positive, nurturing environment for all of our kids. Kia kaha, Justine


Lynn Tao   -  Elected

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Twenty years ago, as skilled migrants, my husband and I moved from Beijing to Auckland, to start our new life in here.

I have worked at 3 different libraries during the past 12 years, and I am now working at East Coast Bays Library, doing an Ethnic Communities role.  


Brad Hicks  -  Appointed

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I’ve been living in Auckland my whole live, based in Oteha with my wife and two kids for the past 8 years.

My professional background is in I.T. Support, currently working for an imaging company based on the North Shore.  Personally, I’m a bit of a sports nut playing social Football / Touch Rugby / Cricket whenever I can, as well as coaching my son’s youth football team.

Both my son and daughter are currently attending Oteha Valley School and are thoroughly enjoying it, which has led to me joining the board to hopefully add some value to the great work the team here has been doing.  


Viaan Janse Van Rensburg  -  Appointed  

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Hi, I am Viaan Janse van Rensburg, married to Suzanne Janse van Rensburg for the past 9 years.

We have been living in Oteha for the past 5 years and love this community.

I am in IT and commercial management, and bring this experience to the board along with our other board members.

I have a passion to see an environment created within our school, where our little people can thrive and grow to their full potential.


Norris Zhang  -  Co-opted

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I spent two years studying in Wellington before moving to Auckland at the end of 2016. I am now working in Takapuna as a Senior Software Developer. As a new immigrant, with my two boys enrolling at Oteha Valley School, being on the Board means I get to understand more about primary education in New Zealand.