School Board

School Board

The Northern Health School Board are appointed by the Minister of Education, rather than elected as in most state schools. The Board functions in the same way as a regular school board with monthly meetings where policy and strategic decisions are made.

Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held at University of Otago House, Level 6, 385 Queen Street, Auckland at 3pm.

Meeting DatesRatified Minutes
20 FebruaryFebruary 2020
19 MarchMarch 2020
30 AprilApril 2020
21 MayMay 2020
18 JuneJune 2020
20 AugustAugust 2020
17 SeptemberSeptember 2020
22 OctoberOctober 2020
19 NovemberNovember 2020
3 DecemberDecember 2020
School closes 9 December
Meeting DatesRatified Minutes
18 FebruaryFebruary 2021
18 MarchMarch 2021
8 April - Auckland North & WilsonApril 2021
20 MayMay 2021
17 June - Auckland SouthJune 2021
July - No Meeting
18/19 August - Kaitaia & WhangareiAugust 2021
16 SeptemberSeptember 2021
28 October
18 November
9 December
School closes 14 December

Nov – Dec 2021 School Board Newsletter

Tēnā koutou, e te whānau o Northern Health School

Sustainability Project

NHS is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the issues and opportunities around creating a sustainable future.

As a school we are aware we have a specific contribution to make, through enquiry and through developing curiosity, critical thinking, and creative innovation in our students, knowing that all our students will be global as well as national citizens.

The Board support our school’s sustainability vision to encompass three core values, which apply and intersect across all our activities. Wellbeing – Mauri Ora, The Future – Ki Tua and Connectivity – Whanaungatanga.

Research Project

The Board reviewed and approved an extension for a member of our teaching staff to continue the research project titled – Evaluating the experiences and impact of attunement training.  The project starting this year, but due to the impact of Covid 19 will extend into next year.  The purpose is to evaluate  how one-to-one relationships between adult professionals and young people can be enhanced through a communications skills training programme, called Facilitating Attuned Interactions or FAN training.


For some students NCEA exams may look a little different this year depending on where you are in the country.  We appreciate the work that our staff and students have gone to in preparing a safe environment for exam sessions.

And to our students, that have worked so hard and prepared though this challenging year, we wish you well for your upcoming exams.

The board members

Richard Winder


Richard is currently the principal of the Northern Health School and he has a background in primary education and a Masters degree in Education Administration.

He has a strong interest in learning, pedagogy and building the capacity of teachers. To this end he has presented locally and internationally in the area of education for students with chronic illness. He is currently secretary of HELP, an Australasian association for educators, parents and other professionals working in this area and part of the team responsible for the Continuity in Education Journal.

Martin Smith


Martin is the father of a past Northern Health School student who has benefited considerably from the very high standards of integrated education, care and support provided by the Northern Health School staff.

He has been a School Board Trustee previously, chaired a vocational Training Academy for a number of years, lead the graduate recruitment programme for a consulting company, and been a member of and chaired a national youth organisation, water industry representative association, and private asset owning Boards. As a Civil Engineer and past-General Manager Martin has also worked in the infrastructure utility sector.

Martin is well aware of the fantastically diverse place New Zealand is becoming, and the need to be inclusive and agile. Martin believes this is especially important within Northern Health School so that students and teachers are able to achieve and deliver at education levels tailored to individual development and success. This will allow them to be the very best they can be in their future lives.

Tracy Grieve

Staff Representative

Tracy is the staff representative elected by staff to sit on the School Board.

She has worked at Northern Health School since 2017 in the schools’ regional head office in Auckland looking after IT & assisting in the finance department. Tracy enjoys this varied and interesting role and is honoured to help support our staff, the students and our school community as a staff member and as a Board member.

Prior to working for the Northern Health School, Tracy worked for Auckland Council for ten years in the Harbourmaster’s Office.

Margi Watson

Margi trained as a nurse and worked in both hospital and school settings. She now focuses her work on good governance in both local government and the education sector. Margi has been an elected member at Auckland Council for 9 years with a focus on community, sport and rec, ecological restoration and better open spaces. She sits on other school boards and is also a member of the Portage Licensing Trust.

Agnes Wong

Agnes brings a unique perspective to the board, combining knowledge from public health, community engagement and youth development practices. She has over ten years of experience in both New Zealand and the UK, working with diverse communities, young people and volunteers, all with the underlying purpose of improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Agnes has a strong interest in creating human-centred solutions. With a youth development background centred in the emergency services (fire & ambulance), she is experienced in project and stakeholder engagement, problem solving, leadership and emergency readiness and management.

She is a former member of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and Ministry of Youth Development Northern Region Youth Advisory Group. Whilst serving on the Council’s Youth Advisory Panel, in 2014 she founded the Albert-Eden Youth Board.

Currently working in the Health Improvement Team at Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Agnes focuses  on Workplace Wellbeing.  She holds a Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Health Management from the University of Auckland.

Joanne Walker

Joanne has worked in a variety of roles in schools across New Zealand, including teaching (primary & secondary); itinerant teacher of deaf children; psychologist; lecturer; Professional Learning and Development facilitator (Inclusive Practice, Learning Support); Head of Initial Teacher Education, UNITEC. In addition, she has been Project Director for five specialist teacher education programmes and National Director of the Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) programme. Her research involves senior leaders, teachers, students and their families across a range of educational settings (urban & rural, early childhood, primary, secondary, special & mainstream schools).

Joanne has a positive and practical inquiry approach, working alongside schools to help them understand the ways in which their current school systems and classroom practices can be strengthened to improve the engagement and achievement of all students, especially those with additional needs.

She is currently working as a critical friend for two Ministry of Education funded Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) projects and is the schools’ facilitator and researcher for six Auckland schools for the Better Start Literacy Approach project.

Lorraine Taogaga

Tēnā koutou katoa.

He whakatauki tēnei: “Poipoia te kākano, kia puawai” “Nurture the seed and it will blossom.”

Lorraine is a co-opted Māori representative on the Board of Trustees of the Northern Health School.

Lorraine is of Ngātiwhatua ki Kaipara, Te Rarawa, Tainui and Western Samoan descent. She is a registered teacher and has a combined experience in both Primary and Secondary education of twenty-two years. Lorraine has a strong interest in Māori bi-lingual education, inequality in education and critical pedagogy. Decolonisation methodology, Restorative Justice and Indigenous Theology are research interests. The Northern Health School is currently formulating, a Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) policy. I am excited to be serving on this Board to participate in its formation.  Lorraine is a professional teaching fellow with positions at Laidlaw College, Te Wānanga Amorangi and Carey Baptist College, Te Whare Oranga, Auckland. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Teaching Diploma. She currently teaches te reo Māori to Education students at Laidlaw College and a compulsory Te Ao Māori paper at Carey Baptist College. A Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Auckland and a Master of Theology from Laidlaw College, Auckland.

Asetoa Sam Pilisi

Asetoa Sam Pilisi is a New Zealand born Samoan/Niuean and has worked for over 15 years within the tertiary education sector. Commonly known as Sam, he has worked for several universities in New Zealand and Australia where he has enjoyed mentoring and supporting young people towards university study. Sam has a passion for Pasifika youth and has served in a variety of community organisations.

Sam has recently moved into Health Research after working directly with students in a variety of roles. He is excited about learning more about improving health outcomes for all New Zealanders, with a particular interest in Pacific people here in Aotearoa, across the region and in places that Pacific people reside. Some of Sam’s broad interest areas include, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and interventions, youth mental health, selfcare and workplace burnout, service within the community and Pacific languages revitalization.