Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets once a month on a Monday afternoon from 5.00pm
We are very fortunate to have a Board that is dedicated to supporting and meeting the needs of staff, students and whanau

This is an elected group of parents who meet once a month. All parents are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Only Board members can speak at these meetings. Visitors unless are asked to observe only unless they are asked by Board members to speak. If you would like to be a Board member, please contact the school office. Elections are held every three years.

Ruapotaka School

School Board Elections

Parent Election Results Declaration

At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was fewer than the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Cook, Trudy                George, Amber           Michael, Ina    Vili, Tanner

Staff Election Results Declaration

At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Boyd, Janene

Noeline Brough

Returning Officer

Board Members

Amber George
Amber George Presiding Member

Kia Ora My name is Amber George. I have been teaching for over 20 years , 20 years of these have been spent at Tamaki College, where I am Associate Principal and HOD Languages.  I have been involved with Ruapotaka since 2011 when my daughter started school as a Year 0, that was followed with my son in 2012 starting school and my eldest moko who joined Ruapotaka in 2018 as a Year 5. Both my children are now current students at Tamaki College.

I am a long standing Board member since 2012 and enjoy serving the Ruapotaka Community. The changes that are happening in our community and the growth to Ruapotaka School is looking to be very positive. I want to support the development and growth of effective and inclusive learning here at Ruapotaka School. I bring to my role as Chairperson expertise in curriculum & assessment, professional development & pedagogy along with behaviour management strategies. I intend to continually to support the principal and staff to enable them to succeed in giving our tamariki the very best education possible and provide the opportunities all of our children deserve. Ngaa Mihi

Trudy Cook
Trudy CookDeputy Presiding Member


My name is Trudie Cook and I have had 4 children Natasha, James, Donnea and Sheralee who have all attended Ruapotaka School. I have been a Board member since 2007 and at present hold the position of Deputy Chair.

I have lived in the area for the past 35 years and have been activity involved with the school since my eldest started in 1996. I believe in Ruapotaka’s values and embrace our many cultures and believe that every child that attends Ruapotaka will reach their potential through the leadership of our Principal and teachers.

Allison Hamilton
Allison HamiltonPrincipal


Fakaalofa lahi atu, my name is Allison Hamilton and I am the Principal of Ruapotaka School. I have been here since January 2019. I grew up on Anderson Avenue with my parents and 5 other siblings. We all went to Ruapotaka School, Tamaki Intermediate and Tamaki College. Both my parents were long standing members of the Tamaki Presbyterian Church on the corner of Pilkington and Erima Ave and my mother worked in several businesses around Glen Innes and Panmure as a seamstress. My father worked for the Auckland Electric Power Board for over 40 years until his retirement. It is a huge honour and privilege to return and serve the community I grew up in. I look forward to meeting you and my office door is always open.

Ina Michael
Ina MichaelTrustee

New to the Board. Profile coming soon.

Vili Tanner
Vili TannerTrustee
Malo lava Ruapotaka Family.
I was born and raised in Eastside Auckland.
I attended Pt England Kindergarten, Ruapotaka Primary School (Class of 1987), Tamaki Intermediate School and Tamaki College.
I am an active member of our community, involved in local sports clubs, community groups and am a recently elected board member of the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust.
A few years after college I was lucky enough to play professional rugby in New Zealand and around the world. On retirement I returned home to GI and am currently a public servant.
I am passionate about our community and am honoured to be a member of the Ruapotaka Board of Trustees with goals to help lead our school forward into a bright, productive and positive future.
If you see me around please introduce yourself, I am always open to listening and sharing ideas that will benefit our students and teachers.
Malo lava, Tanner Vili.
Mele ‘Atineti Tupou- Havili
Mele ‘Atineti Tupou- HaviliTrustee

Mālō e lelei and warm Pasifika greetings!

My name is Mele ‘Atineti Tupou- Havili (aka Mele) and I hail from the serene and beautiful Kingdom of Tonga. My pronoun is she/her and I am a professional working mother and a community advocate. I am married to Samisoni Havili and have two engaging boys James Havili and Tavake Havili. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Ruapotaka Board of Trustee. I join the board as a parent and champion for our children and the wider Ruapotaka school whanau.

I hope to bring my professional background in the public sector as well as my governance experience in the Tongan and Pasifika community to support our children and the Ruapotaka community. I have over 10+ years experiences working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as a Technical Specialist and Pasifika Network Leader. I also bring 15 years of community advocacy, governance, event planning, funding procurement and innovative engagement approaches to support the board and Ruapotaka school.  I look forward to serving you all, to empower and uplift our learners and to shape a future where our children can grow and thrive.

Tu’a ‘ofa atu,

Mele Havili

Janene Boyd
Janene BoydStaff Trustee

Kia Ora, my name is Janene Boyd, I was born in Perth, Australia to NZ Parents and moved back to NZ when I was 4. I have been married to my partner Glenn Boyd for nearly 25 years. We have been blessed with 3 adult children, Aliana, Neeve and Zahn and have a cool pet dog Hank who is 10.

I am and have been a teacher since 2009. I did my Teaching degree in Australia (4 years), as we moved to Brisbane for my husband’s job. I trained to be a teacher when my youngest was 3 years old. I taught in Australia for one year, before we moved back to NZ after living there for 7 years. In Australia I taught year 5, but in the 3 schools I have taught at in Auckland I have taught year 0-1.

I started my journey at Ruapotaka School this year. I commenced teaching in the year 0-1 class during term 1. Since joining the school I have taken on the leadership of the enviro team, during this time we have built a compost bin, vegetable garden and planted 60 natives.

I am really enjoying my job, and look forward to working with your children and the community in growing  the school.  If you need any assistance, I am available, just contact the school.

Ngā mihi Janene Boyd