Tēnā koutou. Ko Renee Raroa ahau, Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi, Nō Rangitūkia ahau.
I have been a member of the Awapuni Primary School Board since 2016. Both my children have spent their full primary years at Awapuni School. The time has passed so quickly, with my son Awatere heading into his final year in 2022. I am humbled to be part of such a passionate and caring school community, my role on the board has provided a connection with the governance and operation of our school.
We are lucky to be surrounded by a large whānau here in Gisborne and on the East Coast. Our whānau also has a historic connection to Awapuni School, with my great uncle being an Awapuni school principal back in the early 70s.
To the board, I bring experience as an educator, as an advocate for environmental and community impact, as a mother and a member of the Tairāwhiti community.
I am happy to support our school in it’s positive trajectory. We have a driven and cohesive board, dedicated staff and a committed community working together to ensure our tamariki are strong, happy and have the confidence to be their best selves.