Happy 30th birthday, school boards of trustees!


08 JULY 2019


School trustees from around the country are preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of boards’ creation as part of the 1989 Tomorrow’s Schools education reforms.

The celebration will form part of the NZSTA national conference, which will be held in Dunedin next weekend. Around 800 people are registered for the conference, which includes a celebration fancy-dress dinner.

Celebrations will be scheduled around the regular programme of 6 professional development seminars as well as three scheduled keynote addresses and an address from the Minister of Education, Hon. Chris Hipkins and Associate Minister of Education Hon. Tracey Martin over the 2½ days. Minister Martin holds the school governance portfolio.

Other keynote speakers at this year’s conference are:

Darren McKee, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.
Darren McKee is originally from O-Chi-Cha-Ko-Sipi First Nation in the Interlake region of Manitoba in Canada, and completed his formal schooling in Saskatchewan. Darren served with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as a Superintendent, Director, Executive Director and Assistant Deputy Minister (New Zealand equivalent is Deputy Secretary). His knowledge and experience makes him a highly sought-after coach, consultant and speaker in the area of education, government, governance, First Nations or Indigenous peoples relating to change, leadership, relations and strategic directions.

Judge Peter Boshier, Chief Ombudsman
Judge Boshier was appointed as the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand in 2004 and held that position until December 2012. He has a long association with Pacific judicial issues and holds the Samoan Matai title of Misa which was bestowed in 2000. Judge Boshier is Patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington and the White Ribbon Domestic Violence Trust. He began his term as Chief Ombudsman on 10 December 2015.

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner
Paula Tesoriero MNZM is a world-champion athlete and a former senior public servant, who is now the Disability Rights Commissioner. Paula says her role as the Disability Rights Commissioner enables her to make a contribution to changing the outcomes for disabled New Zealanders, who make up nearly a quarter of our population.

So thank you again to the many thousands of you who donate your time and energy pro bono to provide strategic leadership and support for your principal and staff, your students, and our future. Thank you to the tens of thousands who have done so over the past 30 years.

Happy 30th birthday to school boards of trustees around the country! We have a lot to celebrate!


For more information contact:

Lorraine Kerr | Office of the President, NZSTA
Email: lkerr@nzsta.org.nz, Mobile: 027 687 5606

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