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 – Bret McKenzie                                or



Parent Representative – Teneti Ririnui              

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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 – Georgie Ferrari        

Parent Representative – Kelly Williams      

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 – Stephanie Bosch