School Board

The BOT is responsible for:

The governance of the school

The making and implementing of policies

The accountability for the correct use of government funds

The maintenance of the school and buildings

Consultation with parents

Working with the Principal and staff for excellence at the school

Rob Eagles


My name is Robert Eagle. I have served as a Trustee for the past five and half years and am currently the board of trustees treasurer.

During this time, I have gained a good understanding of the requirements and regulations regarding the operation of the school. Right from the start, my involvement with Omakere showed me how motivated and focused the staff are to improving the educational outcomes across all students. I am keen to see Omakere continue to develop and improve and believe that Education is a partnership between the school, the student and their family.

As well as being a local farmer and Board member, I am also a Trustee of the Aramoana Environmental and Educational Trust and on the Omakere Dog trail committee.

I have 2 great kids at the Omakere, Bonnie and Jack in the senior and middle rooms, so strongly invested in the success of the school now and in the future.

Sue Taylor


Kia Ora . My name is Sue Taylor, Principal at Omakere School.

Our Board of Trustees is a dedicated team of professional people - from accountants and farmers to environmentalists and educators. This range of skills and experiences provides our BOT with a wealth of knowledge, views, and visions, but, most importantly, a shared passion for Omakere School and Community.

We are dedicated to enabling exceptional experiences in learning and development for our students.

I have 4 children of my own - Sarah, Alyce, Callum, and Bailey and son -in-laws and 4 mokopuna - Ruby, Arthur, Scarlett, and Evelyn .

Mark Humphries

Presiding Member

I began my term on the Omakere School Board of Trustees in June 2016. Currently I hold the role of property. I enjoy being on the BOT and learning about the Governance of a school. I appreciate the opportunity to apply my relevant skills and experience to contribute to the best outcomes for Omakere School, its students, staff and community.

My wife Bec and I have three children Caitlyn, Toby and Millie. Both Caitlyn and Toby attend Omakere School. I work alongside my family on our sheep and beef farm. I am a qualified heavy fabrication engineer by trade. I have been a member of the CHB Motorcycle Club for 20 years and enjoy competing in local motocross events. I also play twilight tennis and love spending time with my family.

Lizzy Thomas

Parent Representative

Hello, my name is Lizzy Thomas. This is my first time as a Board Member, and I am acting as the Parent Representative. I look forward to learning about and contributing toward governing our school.

My husband Hamish and I live in Waipukurau with our three children. Hannah and Kate both attend Omakere School, and Callum will start next year. I am passionate about sports and exercise, cooking and gardening, which I am currently doing as part time work. My husband and I both attended country schools, and wanted the same for our children. We are proud to be apart of the Omakere community, and the opportunities our children are giving at Omakere School are outstanding.

Sam Bell

Staff Representative

Hello, my name is Samantha Bell. I have been teaching at Omakere School for the past 5 years and am currently the Staff Representative. I am elected to bring a staff perspective to the board in the same way that parent trustees bring a parent view. I enjoy being part of a proactive, dynamic and approachable BOT that always has the best interests of our kids at heart. I live in the Omakere Community with my husband Gus (who has grown up in Omakere) and our 3 children Monty, Fleur and Holly. I have had 20 years experience teaching different year groups ranging from new entrants - Year 10’s at primary and secondary schools in New Zealand and the UK. I am passionate about education and offering the best we can to our children.

Brendan Shaw


Hi, My name is Brendon Shaw,

This is my second school board i have been involved with and I am currently the property person.

I live in the Omakere community with my wife Vicky and our 4 boys, Jake, Kaleb, Noah and Zak

I am a fencing contractor and travel around CHB for work.

I am the rural controller of our local fire brigade, and have been coach of the CHB college touch and rugby teams.

I am a keen fisher, diver and hunter and enjoy all aspects of Omakere from its farmland to its beaches.

I aspire to help with the continued improvement of our school and community.

Vicky Shaw

Documentation & Self-Review

Hello, my name is Vicky Shaw,

This is my first time on a school board.

I am looking forward to learning how a school is governed and being able to contribute toward the school.

My husband Brendon and our four boys, Jake and Kaleb (16) Noah (14) and Zak (11) moved to the Omakere community in 2015, where all our boys attended Omakere School, and one still attends in the senior room.

My husband Brendon is a fencing contractor in the area and we love getting out and meeting people in our community.

My boys are sport mad and I am usually following them around to trainings and games, if I’m not my hobbies are dancing and crafts,

I am a teacher aide at Omakere school where I love to watch the children grow within themselves and in school.

Omakere School is a great school that give the children amazing opportunities, We are proud be be apart of the Omakere School and community