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All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a school board which is the Crown entity responsible for the governance of the school.
There are three types of representative members who are elected onto the board. These "representative" board members are elected by the parent community, staff members and, in the case of schools with students above Year 9, the students.
There are also other types of board members, including the principal, co-opted and appointed board members.
A standard school board's membership includes:
The board can co-opt additional people onto the board for gender, skill or ethnic balance, and the Minister of Education can appoint an additional board member.
For more information read the Community member guide to the role of school boards and check out our information for parents on the NZSTA website.