Tauhara College

Board of Trustees


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Board of Trustees Chairperson:  Kim Sullivan

Hi, I am Kim Sullivan and I have the honor of being the current Board Chair. 

Together with my husband Daniel, and son Connor, I have lived in this community since 2005. I am a Headlands dairy farm consultant and a dairy cow veterinarian. Connor is currently in Year 11 at Tauhara College and is enjoying the new opportunities being in senior school is giving him.

I love the outdoors and make the most of this wonderful area that we live in. My family and I enjoy wakeboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, tramping and family trail bike rides. As small time sheep farmers on our little block, I enjoy the space that living rurally gives me.

I believe a successful school depends on a sound partnership between the school, parents and community. It is good quality education, combined with developing a love of learning, building strength of character and excelling in what we do, that will provide our children with the skills needed to face our ever changing future.

As a parent representative on the Board of Trustees, I enjoy taking an active role in steering the direction of our school, building on the strengths of our teachers and pupils, and continuing to make the school a rewarding and enjoyable place for all.

I am honoured to be on the Board, and with my core values of integrity, excellence and family, I believe I make a valuable contribution to the governance of Tauhara College.


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Parent Representative: Matthew Maynard

Kia ora koutou e te whanau o Tauhara College. My name is Matthew Maynard and I am honoured to be elected as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees. While I am new to the role of trustee, I have 17 years of experience in the education sector, having worked in senior leadership and Director roles with Te Wananga o Aotearoa. My prior experience also includes working in project management, leadership and advisory roles with the Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue.

I was born and bred on the sunny coast of the north island, Puketapu te maunga, Te Arai te awa, Takitimu te waka, Rongowhakaata te iwi, no Manutuke ahau. My wife and two of our children moved permanently to Taupo almost 2 years ago and we have enjoyed the transition from the Wellington region, our home for 20 years, to the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and lake. 

It was important that we found a college that would support our daughter, a year 10 student, on her educational journey. Since day one, I have been impressed with the culture and spirit of Tauhara College and all it has to offer. I would like to see the school continue to grow and will work hard to ensure that as a board we support our leaders, staff and parents to prepare our children not only for the challenges that they face now, but for the challenges that they will face when they leave school and beyond into the future. 

Te manu ka kai i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Te manu ka kai i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.  

The bird that partakes of the miro berry, reigns in the forest. The bird that partakes of knowledge, accesses the world.  



Student Representative: Stacia Haitana

Tena koe koutou, I’m Stacia and I’m very excited to be part of this years Board of Trustees team and look forward to some hopefully exciting changes for our school. This is my fourth year here at Tauhara, and I am excited for the challenging year ahead. 

In my time at Tauhara College, the “whanau feel” has been extremely supportive and is eminent all over the school. Because of this, I’ve made a number of connections across the school and am proud to be a voice for those students. A year of positive change lies ahead and I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to play a small part in it. 

Kia kaha, let’s get stuck in. 

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Parent Representative: John Curtis

I settled in Tāupo to prove you should live where you love and let everything else work itself out! It's a great place to raise a family and my three children will be going through Tauhara College over the next decade.

I'm a software developer and technologist, and co-founded two businesses based in Tāupo but running nationally and globally respectively. I also run Tāupo's co-working space as part of my commitment to connecting people and growing Tāupo's business community. As a keen musician I play locally and teach at the Tāupo School of Music.

I believe in giving our young people the freedom to be fully self expressed, with schools facilitating their discovery of what's possible. Education and life beyond school is becoming increasingly complex so I'm honoured to be part of a team focused on the future of all those at Tauhara College.


Parent Representative: Tim Fletcher

Kia ora koutou, My name is Tim Fletcher and I am proud to be part of the Tauhara College Board of Trustees team.  

I have four daughters attending Tauhara College with another to start in a few years so I envisage a long association with the school.  

I have experience in education as a teacher and principal in various primary schools around the Waikato.  I am currently employed by Tāupo Baptist Church to work with children and young families.


Parent Representative: James Wiltsher

My name is James Wiltsher. I am married to Louisa and we have four children, two at Tauhara College and two at Hilltop School. We have lived in Taupo since 2014 and love being part of this amazing community.

My background is in teaching with many years of experience across a range of age groups. I am passionate about future-focused education and lifelong learning. Currently, I work as a Digital Lead Teacher supporting staff and students with the implementation of the new Digital Curriculum. 

I am very excited to be a member of the Tauhara College Board of Trustees. I bring a range of experiences and skills that will support our teachers and learners. I look forward to being part of the team that will continue to develop the future direction of Tauhara College.

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Staff Representative: Daniel Piper

Kia ora koutou.
My name is Dan Piper and it is my privilege to be the staff representative on the Tauhara College Board of trustees. I have been teaching for 15 years in a variety of contexts in Auckland and Taupo, in both Primary and Secondary schools. I have lived in Taupo for 10 years and my children attend Taupo Primary. At school I am involved in teaching Mathematics, Junior Technology, and I have been busy with the establishment of Te Waka STEM Hub.

 After ten years it has become clear to me just how special it is to be able to work and raise a family in such a beautiful environment and culturally rich community.

I am proud of the safe and supportive learning environment here at Tauhara College, and the hard work that goes into ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach their potential. Our staff team is diverse and is always striving to embody our key values of Care Courage and Commitment.

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu 
Despite being small you are of great value