The Board of Trustees of Houghton Valley School is responsible for the governance of the school.

The Board’s role is a strategic one, focused on the big picture and employing the Principal to manage the school.

The BOT is made up of the School Principal, a trustee from the school staff, several parent trustees who are elected by the parents, and other members who are appointed by the BOT.

The board’s role is set by the Education Act and the BOT is required to ensure the school meets the government’s National Education Priorities. These are:

  • Success for all
  • A safe learning environment
  • Improving Literacy and Numeracy
  • Better use of student achievement information
  • Improving outcomes for students at risk
  • Improving Maori student outcomes
  • Reporting

Houghton Valley School Charter 2019-2021

Parents are very welcome to attend board meetings.  This is a great way to learn about the board if you have an interest in becoming a parent representative.   Meeting dates are published in the school newsletter but don’t hesitate to get in touch with the board chair using the contact form below if you would like more information.

If you are a parent and have a question or an issue to raise with the board you are encouraged to speak with your child’s teacher in the first instance.  If any doubts remain, our principal makes a point of being highly available. Please do not hesitate to make contact.

Any issues that remain to be escalated to the board should be brought to the attention of the board chairperson.  You are welcome to use the contact form below to initiate contact.


BOT Chair – Susan Hall                                  


Kia ora tātou. I am mum to Joseph (Year 6) and Eva (Year 4). I put myself forward for the Board because I love our school and want to help make it as successful, happy and inclusive a place as possible for all our kids, teachers and community.

Workwise, I manage a policy team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and have a background in law reform and regulatory design.

I’m originally from England but have been in Wellington for 17 years, with nearly all of that in the Melrose/Houghton Bay area. As a family we make the most of the South Coast and surrounding hills and greenery, and feel hugely lucky to be able to live here and send our kids to HVS.

Parent Representative – Sarah Graydon               


Kia ora tatou
My name is Sarah Graydon and my daughter Eleanor is in her fifth year at HVS and is in Rimu.  Her little brother William has also started at Houghton Valley in Mahoe.
Our family loves living in the rugged and beautiful spot that is the South Coast. As a relative newcomer to the school community I have been struck by how friendly it is, what a great natural setting it has and how much the children enjoy being there.
I have worked as a lawyer for longer than I care to admit in a range of areas including commercial law, health and disability, telecommunications and property.
So far being a trustee has given me a real insight into the challenges and complexities of running a school and how committed the staff are to the children’s learning.


Parent Representative – Teneti Rawiri              

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Kia ora tatou

I’m originally from Tauranga but my wife and I have lived in Wellington for over 20 years, minus some of those spent overseas. We’ve been lucky enough to call the south coast our home for the last 10 years and we feel really fortunate to have our three children at Houghton Valley School.

Over the past four years it’s been a privilege to be part of the wider school community. As a welcoming and friendly school set amongst a beautiful environment, a real highlight for me has been getting to know our teachers, staff, parents and children and their wider whanau.

I’ve worked in risk, assurance and audit roles mainly in the public sector for many years now and I balance this as much as possible with a range of interests from music to football.

Parent Representative – Richard Carroll           


Kia ora tātou.  I’ve lived in Wellington for 15 years now with my wife Rona. We have two children at Houghton Valley School (Sean in Rata and Efa in Nikau) and a third (Joe in Mahoe) who has started in 2019.  In my spare time I like to get out and about on the Wellington walking tracks, play a bit of football, and keep my hand in on the piano and guitar.

We feel very fortunate as a family to be associated with Houghton Valley School.  The children all seem so happy, and I love the friendly community feel.  I think the current board has done a wonderful job over the last term, and I am really looking forward to playing my part over the next few years.

I’m a hospital doctor and specialise in endocrinology, or hormonal disorders.  I mostly work at Wellington regional hospital and Hutt hospital, but have several research interests that frequently take me elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas. I see people with a very broad range of endocrine issues, but particularly focus on tumours that affect endocrine glands throughout the body.  Rona is also a local doctor, and our training took us overseas to London, Edinburgh, and Sydney although we always jumped at the first chance to return to Wellington’s south coast.

Parent Representative – Ange Williams          

I’ve been involved with Playcentre as a parent for the last eight years and am now excited to help contribute to the awesome school we are lucky to belong to here on the South Coast of Wellington. I’m passionate about our community and the well-being and happiness of our children at Houghton Valley School. Together with my partner Erena, we have three children at Houghton Valley School – Florence in year four (Nikau), Agnes in year two (Ti Kouka), and Ned in year one (Mahoe).

I spent 10 years living and working in the UK in environmental and human rights law, before returning to Wellington to become a mum. I still work as a lawyer whilst juggling a busy family and enjoy running and surfing in Lyall Bay, and embarking on family adventures whenever we can.

Principal – Luana Carroll              






Staff Trustee – Jos Abernethy


Kia ora Koutou, ko Jos taku ingoa.

I was born in the Netherlands and moved to New Zealand almost 32 years ago. My husband Andrew is a New Zealander and we have three children, aged 23, 22 and 20.

Outside of work I enjoy the outdoor life. My interests include yoga, walking, tramping, fishing, and travel.

From 1990 – 92 I trained as a teacher at Wellington College of Education and worked as a classroom teacher at Lyall Bay School for 2 ½ years.  I then took a break to raise my children. When my youngest child started at school I decided to return to work and stay involved in education.

I have been involved with the school for the last 12 years, as a parent, teacher aide, reading recovery teacher and for the last few years as a permanent teacher.

I love working at this school because we have a fantastic environment, a great community, great staff and above all else awesome children with inquiring minds.

I see myself as a lifelong learner, always taking the opportunity to learn from the latest research and philosophy in the teaching profession and implementing it into my teaching practice.